Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the classifications that make a biome a desert?
To be classified as a desert, a place must record less than 25 centimeters of rain fall annually. This causes very little vegetation to grow which also puts a biological limit on the number of animals that are able to live there. There are several types of deserts; these include hot, dry, and cold deserts. The Mojave Desert is a hot desert and therefore can fluctuate from a high temperature of 49 degrees Celsius at the extreme high, to -2 degrees Celsius at the extreme low.


2. How much rain does the Mojave Desert receive annually?
The Mojave Desert receives different amounts of rain fall depending on the area of the desert. In the mountain areas, annual rain falls are approximately 9 inches, while lower lying areas average only 3.37 inches.

3. Does anybody live in this region?
Cahuilla Indians historically lived in the Mojave Desert. The current residents are more temporary, and are like you, possible visitors, campers, hikers, or researchers.

4. Where are the nearest accommodations to the preserve?
Lodging is available in Baker, Nipton, Ludlow and Needles, California, as well as Primm and Searchlight, Nevada.

5. What types of animals live there?
Some animals include bobcat, mountain lion, bighorn sheep, mule deer, jackrabbits, roadrunners, golden eagles, the Pacific treefrog, chuckwalla, the Mojave rattlesnake, tarantula, and scorpions.


6. Is there camping allowed in the preserve?
Yes, camping is allowed in the preserve.

7. Is there an entrance fee?
There is currently no entrance fee, however, some camp grounds require reservations and have fees.

8. What is the difference between a national preserve and a national park?
The main difference between the two is that hunting is legal in preserves but illegal in parks. They are both still managed under the same rules of national parks.

9. When is the best time of day to see animal wildlife?
Most animals of the desert are nocturnal so as to avoid the heat of the day. Consequently, the best times to view animals are at dawn and dusk because that is the time when the animals are still active and there is enough light to make them visible.


10. When is the best time to visit the Mojave National Preserve?
The time of year is dependent on the weather; however, March through April is generally the most scenic time to visit the preserve because wildflowers of many different colors cover the hillsides and canyonsides.