Tecopa, California: Date Shakes and Hot Spring BathsRemote spot with natural hot springs and an unnatural obsession with food and drink made from dates.
China Ranch Date Farm
- 8 China Ranch Rd, Tecopa, CA
- From the town of Tecopa, follow the signs southeast. There's a bunch of them that'll lead you right to it. If you get lost trying to find the hot springs, you can pick up a map at the campground/hot springs office.
- Daily 9am-5pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Date Shakes and Hot Spring Baths
In the middle of nowhere and craving a date shake? China Ranch Date Farm is the place for you!
South of Death Valley, in the Mojave desert, is the little hot springs town of Tecopa, CA. There you'll find a hidden oasis tucked away at the end of a winding dirt road. As you come around the dusty corner, there in the middle of the desert, is an unlikely grove of palm trees surrounding China Ranch.
In the gift shop, they have more dates for sale than I knew existed, as well as homemade muffins, bread, cookies, and the most amazing thing of all: THE DATE SHAKE! It's an ice creamy indulgence you MUST try at some point in your lifetime (repeat after me: "Oh my god.... YUMMMM!!!!!").
Outside you'll find a picnic area, and a greenhouse full of cacti, succulents, and of course, date trees that you can buy.
If you're in the middle of nowhere dipping yourself in a hot spring, go for the hot spring a mile north, out in the marsh, not the pedestrian one at the campground.[Christine Tuohy, 05/26/2009]