Share:

China Ranch Date Farm

Death Valley, California

Start Exploring
China Ranch Date Farm

Share:

Advertisement
  • The road into China Ranch.- China Ranch Date Farm
  • China Ranch entrance.- China Ranch Date Farm
  • View of the mesa behind China Ranch.- China Ranch Date Farm
  • China Ranch Creek flows into the Amargosa River downstream from here.- China Ranch Date Farm
  • China Ranch landscape.- China Ranch Date Farm
  • China Ranch landscape.- China Ranch Date Farm
  • Date palm tree.- China Ranch Date Farm
  • Part of the extensive date grove.- China Ranch Date Farm
  • China Ranch date emporium.- China Ranch Date Farm
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Marvelous scenery. Interesting historic agricultural operation. Hiking opportunities. Dates and date shakes.
Cons: 
None.
Advertisement
Region:
Death Valley, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

Pro Contributor

More than 1,000 date trees populate the China Ranch date grove, and they were planted in the 1920s by the daughter of a Death Valley pioneer. The farm is still a working family operation that sells dates and date products to the public. But this place is so much more than a roadside fruit stand.

This area has been home to human beings at least since the Shoshone and Ute people first started spending the cooler months near the prolific hot springs of the area around 1,000 A.D. At the intersection of the Spanish ranchos, 19th-century mining exploration, and railroad development, this remote corner of California has a lively history. The name comes from the story that is told of the Chinese mine worker who settled in this oasis in the late 1800s, built the irrigation system, and was illegally chased off the property by a man named Morrison. The China Ranch has opened a tiny museum to showcase a few of the artifacts and photographs that bring that unique history to life.

The main facility is a small store where visitors can purchase dates and date products and relax around picnic tables. They encourage people to hike around the property, including the huge date grove and the adjoining creek area. The ranch property is a gateway to huge BLM land tracts that include the Amargosa River, historic parts of the Old Spanish Trail and abandoned mine sites. There are several trails that could occupy an afternoon of exploration.

There is no admission charge to visit the farm and park to hike the local trails. The farm's date shakes are marvelous, and the fresh dates, of many varieties never seen in supermarkets, are inexpensive and excellent.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Adventures

(6 within a 30 mile radius)

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
4 Members
Who's Done It
6 Members
Submission by
Pro Contributor
594 Adventures Explored
525 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info