On the way back from our camping trip to Death Valley National Park last weekend, we stopped at China Ranch. A family owned date farm, with a fabulous cactus garden, and gift shop. Located in Tecopa (CA,) in the Mojave Desert.
I love dates, and eat dates every week. I was very surprised by the great variety of dates that I’ve never heard of, that they are growing right there, in their little oasis, in the middle of the Mojave Desert. You can taste samples of the dates in the gift shop, and buy your favorites.
Along one of the trails.
China Ranch is a worthwhile pit stop, or could even be a destination during the cooler months. It was a little too hot to explore everything. I would of liked to spend more time in the rock shop, but even in there it was kind of warm. There was several trails that definitely needs exploring one day this fall.
Gorgeous blooming cacti outside the gift shop. Their cacti garden was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.
I absolutely loved this place. I wish it was a little closer. It’s about a two hour drive from Las Vegas.
I feel that this is a fitting contribution to my friend Terri’s Sunday Still;Warmth. There’s definitely enough of that in The Mojave Desert. The desert both intrigues me, and scares me at the same time. It’s an absolute opposite to the cold mountain town, in northern Sweden that I grew up in. We had snow 8 months out of the year..LOL. That such a place could even exist feels unreal here. I hope you enjoyed the visit to China Ranch. I sure did. The place is well kept, and loved.
Did your week get off to a good start? Mine did, it’s been a great week so far. I still have plenty of Death Valley photos to share with you, I’m hoping to get to that later this week. To be continued..