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Getting to China Ranch Date Farm
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China Ranch
China Ranch
China Ranch sign at a intersection (view W)

China Ranch is located about 1.5 hours northwest of Las Vegas.

The easiest way to get there from Las Vegas is to drive out of Las Vegas on Highway 160 towards Pahrump. At about 37 miles out, before getting to Pahrump, turn left onto the Old Spanish Trail Highway (Site 0708). Watch for signs to Tecopah. Drive southwest 33 miles, across the desert, over the mountains (watch the sharp curves at Emigrant Pass!), and down to the near edge of Tecopa Town.

At the intersection of Old Spanish Trail Highway and Furnace Creek Road (Site 1518), turn left onto Furnace Creek Road and drive south 2 miles to China Ranch Road (Site 1519). Turn right onto China Ranch Road and drive another 2 miles. The pavement eventually ends when the road winds steeply down a narrow canyon. Drive carefully until the road opens into the China Ranch area. The trailheads are at the end of the main road (Site 1520), just past the gift and date-shake shop.

Link to area map.

China Ranch
Old Spanish Trail Highway at Furnace Creek Road (view W)
China Ranch Date Farm
Old Spanish Trail Highway at Furnace Creek Road sign
China Ranch
China Ranch sign at a intersection (view W)
China Ranch
Furnace Creek Road at China Ranch Road (view S)
China Ranch
Paved section of China Ranch Road (view SW)
China Ranch
China Ranch gate (view W)
China Ranch
Arriving at China Ranch Date Farm (view SW)
China Ranch
China Ranch Gift Shop and Bakery; aka the trailhead (view SW)

Table 1. GPS Coordinates for Highway Locations (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0497 Old Spanish Trail at Emigrant Pass 584429 3971429 35.88528 116.06462 2,760 Yes
0708 Hwy 160 at Old Spanish Trail Hwy 610996 3992528 36.07282 115.76738 1,025 Yes
1518 Old Spanish Trail at Furnace Creek Rd 572117 3966943 35.84583 116.20142 1,467 Yes
1519 Furnace Creek Rd at China Ranch Rd 573884 3964796 35.82634 116.18205 1,726 Yes
1520 China Ranch Date Farm 572784 3961851 35.79988 116.19449 1,234 Yes

Happy birding! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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