http://www.chinaranch.com/ 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