Mojave NP - Amboy - RT 66
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Wildflower Reports Mojave NP 2022 - Amboy Area - RT 66
Aug 24 2022 Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association Reports: Haboob coming our way tonight during a monsoon thunderstorm. Mojave Desert California 8/24/2022. Near Goffs, Ca.
Aug 12 2022 Mojave National Preserve Reports: Mojave National Preserve will reopen Cima, Kelso-Cima, South Kelbaker, Morning Star, Ivanpah, Essex, Black Canyon and Lanfair roads on Friday, August 12, 2022. North Kelbaker and Zzyzx Road will remain closed due to significant road damage. The Hole-In-The-Wall Visitor Center will also reopen and maintain normal hours.
On Sunday afternoon July 31, a strong storm cell formed over parts of Mojave National Preserve. Rainfall totals ranged between 3.4 to 4.5 inches in a period of a few hours in some areas. This is a 200-1000-year flood event based on weather data and resulted in widespread damage to paved and dirt roads throughout the preserve.
North Kelbaker Road and Zzyzx Road sustained serious damage and will remain closed until repairs can be completed. A washout at “Seventeen Mile” on North Kelbaker Road may take months to repair. Over 100 feet of pavement and culverts washed away at that site and floodwaters eroded 3-4 feet creating a deeper channel.
The Mojave Road, a historic trans-desert pathway, also sustained two significant washouts near Piute Canyon and at the North Kelbaker crossing at Seventeen Mile. The portion of the Mojave Road across the Soda Lake portion remains impassable due to the heavy rains. Additional rain may lead to closures as deep mud can strand even four-wheel drive vehicles which causes drivers to divert from the pathway and into closed or sensitive areas that leave long-term impacts.
Loose gravel, soft shoulders, and steep shoulder drop-offs are common on preserve roads now. Additional monsoon rains are forecasted, and travelers may find new debris on roads. Park staff caution motorists to drive cautiously while traveling through the preserve.
Abundant rain and mild temperatures have transformed the normally dry landscape to bright green with new foliage. Wildlife sightings have also become a regular occurrence, particularly desert tortoise and bighorn sheep. Desert tortoises move out of their burrows to seek food and water in these conditions and can often be seen on roads after rain. We ask all travelers to Drive Like A Tortoise(TM) so that everyone can get to their destination safely, including wildlife.
Feb 24 2022 Mojave National Preserve Reports: Passing storms over a ghost forest of Joshua trees. The preserve has had several days of cold, windy, rainy, and yes—even snowy weather this week!
In August 2020, the Dome Fire burned over 44,000 acres (~70 square miles) of one of the densest and largest Joshua tree forests in the world on Cima Dome. While assessing the damage to the forest, scientists noticed some areas with fairly low to moderate burn intensity with pockets of unburned islands. However, the burn intensity throughout most of the fire was catastrophic and nearly all above-ground vegetation was scorched and is predicted to not survive. Park scientists estimated that over a million trees were burned in the fire.
Joshua trees have poor seed dispersal and may only migrate about 100 feet for every 20 years. So Mojave National Preserve is taking steps to ensure there are trees, and more specially a seed source, within the badly affected areas of the burn.
Mojave needs hearty volunteers to help restore Cima Dome from March 4-13, 2022. Learn more
No Reports as of Jan 1 2022
Wildflower Reports Mojave NP 2021 - Amboy Area - RT 66
April 2 2021 William reports: Desert Sand Verbena & Desert Lyly. Found at Amboy Crater.
Jan 29 2021 DesertUSA Reports: Biggest snowstorm in years hit he preserve this week, lot of water for the desert once it melts.
Jan 1 2021 DesertUSA Reports: Kelso Depot Visitor Center, Hole in the Wall Visitor Center, and the Zzyzx areas remain closed until further notice. The Hole in the Wall Campground and Midhills Campgrounds are closed.
The Zzyzx area is closed and inaccessible to the public until further notice. Access from BLM land via motorized vehicle is prohibited.
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