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“Great hiking area”

Amargosa River Project
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just off the China Ranch Date Farm's parking lot is the entrance to the Amargosa River. It offers a number of trails to explore and view the scenic beauty of the area - wide open spaces to narrow slot canyons.

Come prepared with water for your hike, but afterwards reward yourself with a date shake!

1  Thank AndySanDiego
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Came to the China Date Ranch and took a short one mile hike into this place. The first 750 feet is cool, in the shade and along a creek. The rest is HOT and SUNNY. Be prepared. Lots of old trucks in the wash; which were cool but sad.

I would not come here in super hot temps.

1  Thank Laura K
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

The Amargosa River is the only above ground river in the Mojave desert. It starts on the east side of the Amargosa Range (Death Valley National Park), runs south past Shoshone and Tecopa, and then loops back north into Death Valley, where is ends, submerging below ground. There are several places to really enjoy this river - but mostly Shoshone, Tecopa and China Ranch. In Shoshone you can visit the Amargosa Conservancy (or visit them online before travelling) - a group doing great work to protect the river and its flora / fauna, including several endangered species such as the pupfish and vole. There are several walking trails in Shoshone behind the Conservancy office for bird watchers, and then other trails near the Tecopa Post Office, and also from China Ranch (just east of Tecopa). We enjoyed all of these areas and really appreciate the numerous interpretive signs you can find at different locations. While human impact (water use, inappropriate offroad driving, stealing mud from the hot springs, etc...) is having some negative impacts on the area, the work of the local groups from Dept Fish & Wildlife, National Parks, Nature Conservancy, China Ranch, the villages of Shoshone and Tecopa, and the Amargosa Conservancy is really helping to enhance the quality of the experience for the visitor. It is shocking to me that this region isn't actually part of Death Valley National Park because I found it much more pleasant.

1  Thank LondonUnveiled
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

Access the trail-head from the picnic tables in the parking lot of the China Date Ranch. It is approx. two miles to the water falls. A relatively easy hike. There is a spur to a slot canyon on the way to the waterfall, but you have to ford the river, which was running high the day we visited, so I can't tell you about that.

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