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China Ranch Date Farm, Tecopa
(4.7/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Imagine towering cottonwoods and willows by a wandering stream, date palms and abundant wildlife, all hidden away in some of the most spectacular scenery the desert has to offer.
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  • This place is quaint. It is hard to get to because part of it is on a dirt road. The date nut bread, dates and the date shake were all very good. I hope you get the chance to sample all of them. 
  • This was a fun place to visit. I knew nothing about how dates grow until I spent some time here. I learned a lot. In the gift shop, visitors can try free samples of dates. That was a lot of fun. I als...  more »
  • A friendly and fascinating little spot. The folks there were very friendly and helpful, giving us great suggestions and maps for hiking to a nearby slot canyon. There's a wonderful variety of dates to...  more »
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  • You have to check out the river canyon! There's a waterfall year round, and an awesome "slot canyon." The trail begins at the south end of the parking lot. The date farm is cool too. You can buy various date products and cool books about the Mojave Desert.
  • This place is really out of the way so it's a bit of a drive but it's worth the trip if you're in this part of California. Fun place to learn about dates and by their excellent bread and cookies. They also make a date milkshake which is pretty killer.
  • 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!