This fabulous little desert town lies just outside the far eastern boundary of Death Valley, about 90 minutes from Vegas along the Old Spanish Trail/Tecopa Highway.
There are some semi-mucky natural hot springs in the area (free to access, just a short 5-minute walk from the highway…and they’re actually not bad, but don’t put the mud on your face — it’s full of pubes and other human detritus), but the rest have all been commercialized and developed as part of resorts. But not
the assy, “resort”-y type of resorts….they’re all pretty run down and fabulous. The main one, Delights, was recently taken over by Koreans from Vegas, and I think you can even get a Korean massage there.
There’s not much to do in the area other than soak in the springs…but there is a fabulous little restaurant out there called the Death Valley Internet Cafe. In these kooky little desert towns, your food choices are usually limited to shitty greasy-spoon stuff. Not so with the DV Internet Cafe, which inexplicably serves fresh, healthy, gourmet-type organic food in the middle of nowhere!!!
It’s run by two young guys who ditched their restaurant gigs in Vegas in favor of the peaceful desert life — how fantastic is that?!
Tecopa is also home to the usual assortment of weird desert compounds and trailer parks. If you’re feeling particularly frisky, you can go down to the nearby-ish China Ranch Date Farm (below), where they keep the dates warm in winter by covering them with colorful old shirts.
Other than that, there ain’t shit to do out in Tecopa. Fun!!!