Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tecopah Hot Springs County Park, CA

Just spent the night at this Inyo county park on our way out of Death Valley. The campground isn’t much to speak of but we got electric for $19. There is no potable water here, since it all comes from the hot springs and has too many minerals and chemicals for  it to be safe to drink. Also we still have no cell service so no internet. Hoping our next stop will put us back in civilization. The price includes free use of the mineral baths, but we passed on that one. It was surprising the number of people we saw going in. And the camp host told us it was nude bathing only, with 2 different pools for men and women, though!

We stopped here so we could visit the nearby China Ranch Date Farm, a working date farm with a small store that sells the dates and lots of goodies made with them, such as bread, milkshakes, cookies, etc. We did buy a bag of honey dates after sampling all the different varieties.


You can walk through the orchards and there are hiking trails going into the surrounding BLM land. It was interesting to see how the dates grow on the palms. They cover the bunches of dates with old fabric remnants and clothing to protect them from birds, rain and sunburn.P1010051 P1010052 P1010055

It’s worth a stop if you’re in the area, and the gravel road leading to it is a pretty drive, although a bit narrow and hilly. Not to be done in the motorhome!

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