China Ranch Date Farm, Tecopa
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Just saw the sign then followed the signs. An adventure getting there in the middle of nowhere but the place was busy. We learned about the dozens of varieties of dates, watched them harvest some date... read more »
We have been ordering China Ranch dates for a good five plus years and get them shipped to us in Northern California. The dates are always fresh and delicious. We look forward to visiting the date ran... read more »
When you head to China Ranch you will wonder if you have taken the wrong road and are lost but fear not this rocky gravel road will deliver you to a beautiful little ranch and shop . The road had some... read more »
China Ranch is an oasis and a date farm in Mojave desert established in the late 19th century a Chinese man named either Quon Sing or Ah Foo; in 1900, it was usurped at gunpoint by the man named Morrison; and in 1970 bought by by Charles Brown Jr. and Bernice Sorrells, the son and daughter of State Senator Charles Brown of Shoshone, whose descendants own it today. The date grove was planted from seed in the early 1920's and it yields from 100 to 300 pounds of dates in a season. To prevent damage from the birds, dates are wrapped by cloths such as shirts, skirts and blouses. In addition to dates, there is a cacti plantation. The stream, passing through the raunch, is an abode for frogs and a small crocodile. There are also some real teepees for rent. The China Ranch gift shop sells a variety of date and bakery products as well as Southwest and country themed souvenirs and crafts by local artisans. The surrounding auster landscape is terrific and has attracted many photographers and movie makers. A very unique place indeed.
This place is a staple every time I'm in the area (at least once every 2 mos). They have DELICIOUS homemade date shakes, cookies, jams, honey, butters and more more more!! Super hidden gem in the back where they have a shop absolutely crammed with antiques, collectibles, odds and ends... The entire ranch itself is a plethora of history and artifacts... not your standard run of the mill interests either. The date farm is colorfully lush and beautiful; a true oasis which is in stark contrast to its surrounding desert landscape of dunes and salt flats. There is a small B&B on site. Last but certainly not least is tip of the hat to the family who runs the ranch. They are all so incredibly consistently friendly, professional and yet still so personable! I love to visit by myself just as much as I love bringing friends/family here!
It's been a few months since I've been here, but I had a wonderful time! The drive is only an hour and a half from Vegas... A lonely one at that, so make sure your gas tank is full. Be warned that you do have to drive on a rocky hilly road at some point. Once you get there, you get to taste a lot of their date varieties... Which are so darn tasty. My fiance and I split a date shake, which was pretty good, although I was expecting better. We ended up also checking out the area by foot; that was fun exploration time. I'd certainly go back again!
The milkshakes are fantastic but REALLY sweet and made of cheapo ice cream. Split one with a friend. Buy a bag of dates for your trip to nearby Death Valley!
Interesting history and fun to see in person. Date shakes were reasonably priced and very good.
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