More from Nevada

During my recent trip to Nevada I had the opportunity to visit the China Ranch in the Mojave Desert. They are located 85 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada, off Highway 127 en route to Death Valley National Park. Camping, motels and free natural hot mineral baths are available in nearby Tecopa Hot Springs and Shoshone.  When you go to Vegas and want to take a break from gaming this is a lovely one day trip out of Vegas and into the scenic desert.  Gas up because the Shell Station entering the Mojave charges 5.00 a gallon because they are the only gas station in town. I'd put them on the to do list!  The dates grow in that cluster of trees on an oasis in the middle of this desert.  It's quite extraordinary!  The dates they grow are the sweetest I have ever tasted.  It's amazing to see this in the middle of "nothing".  God surely places surprises in the most unusual spots.  

Along with the gift shop there are hiking trails.  Always hike with a buddy and know that the desert while beautiful can be sharp and dangerous.  Use caution and dress appropriately when embarking on a desert hike.  Obey all keep out signs, because of old gold mines and such these keep out areas are about your safety in mind.  I cannot think of a better day then camera in hand and a lovely spring day at China Ranch.

@photography by BA Newson


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