Amargosa River Trail


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Amargosa River Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Inyo
Length: 6 miles
Trail end points: China Ranch Date Farm on China Ranch Road and Tecopa
Trail surfaces: Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017428
Trail activities: Horseback Riding, Walking

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Amargosa River Trail Description

The Amargosa River Trail follows the course of the river canyon of the same name, between China Ranch and the small community of Tecopah. Part of the route follows the former corridor of the historical Tonopah and Tidewater ("T&T") Railroad, built around the turn of the 20th century. The trail is within the Amargosa River Natural Area, administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

The trail has a mostly level grade and follows part of the Old Spanish Trail, and you're likely to see a variety of wildlife, including many bird species. The trail also passes by a nice waterfall and includes interesting geological features.

On the north end, you can access the trail from south of the Tecopa Post Office, although it's not a part of the official trail. Follow the old railroad right-of-way for about 0.5 mile to the trail. From the China Ranch trailhead you can also do a 2-mile loop to the confluence of Willow Creek and the Amargosa River then head back up the east side of the creek.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach China Ranch, take Furnace Creek Road south from Tecopah and turn south on China Ranch Road. You can park at the ranch. To access the northern end point, park by the Post Office in Tecopah and look for the railroad right-of-way, which is now a dirt road. Follow the ROW south to the Amargosa River Trail.

Amargosa River Trail Reviews

This trail may also be accessed from just south of the Tecopa Post Office, N35.84853 W116.22741, along the old RR, now a dirt road for about a half mile to the Trail, which is one track, Not suitable for my Tri-Cruiser. However going to China Ranch Trail Head is worth the drive for the scenery and history of the area. Noel J. Keller 18 & 22 May 2010

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