Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Side Trip: China Ranch Date Farm prospers in remote oasis

March 12, 2012, 7:54 am

Located in a secluded California desert canyon near Death Valley National Park, China Ranch Date Farm surprises first-time visitors. At the end of a twisting road between chalky cliffs cut into desert seemingly barren of plant life, this hidden oasis fills a little valley with groves of stately date palms, stands of cottonwoods and thickets of vegetation amid the sound of trickling water. Visitors discover date processing and packing sheds, a bakery, snack bar, gift shop, landscaping nursery, a one-room museum and miles of hiking trails.

China Ranch makes an excellent destination during the cooler months. It's less than 90 miles from Las Vegas near the communities of Tecopa and Shoshone, just off a major route to Death Valley. To reach the farm, follow Interstate 15 south to Highway 160, the route west through Mountain Springs Pass to Pahrump.