Kelso Peak & Old Dad Mountains Wildlife Area


Kelso Peak & Old Dad Mountains Wildlife Area is approximately 102,400 acres of dunes playa (dry lake), lava beds, and mountains of lime and granite. It has typical Mojave Desert vegetation, and is habitat for mountain sheep, golden eagles, and red-tailed hawks.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region Blythe office at (760) 922-9189.

Recreational Opportunities

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Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting


Type C: Kelso Peak and Old Dad Mountains Wildlife Area does not require the purchase of a hunting pass for entry. Entry permits and/or passes or special drawing may be required for hunting on some Type C wildlife areas.

The property is owned by National Park Service and is within the Mojave National Preserve.

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

Area History

Land uses have included livestock grazing, hunting, and mining. In 1986, legal bighorn sheep hunting in Old Dad Peak and the Marble Mountains was authorized by Legislation. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1989.

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

San Bernardino County

12 miles southeast of Baker, along Kelbaker Rd., within east Mojave National Scenic Area

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