Nipton is a quiet, speck of a town, on the eastern edge of the vast Ivanpah Valley. Sit and admire the expanse of the valley, read a book, but don't forget to wave to each passing train as it comes through Nipton.
If you like to train watch, this is the place to do it in comfort.
The Whistle Stop is the latest incarnation in the old bar building in Nipton. Bill runs the restaurant in a casual manner but takes his cooking seriously. The menu is varied to make all happy. There is a pool table, a jukebox and a dart game inside. The windows overlooking Ivanpah Valley are now uncovered and to eat while looking out at the view is a big improvement. There is patio seating weather permitting. BTW: Nipton is the only place for food for 20-miles!
Favorite Dish: The grilled chicken sandwich with steak fries was quite good. Others recommended the pork chops.
The salads are fresh and abundant.
He makes interesting French Toast with English Muffins that taste German. How is that for multi-cultural?
Step back into time when you walk through the door of the Nipton Trading Post. The building is quite old with historic signage decorating the walls.
This is where you check in for the hotel or tent cabins.
The store has all sorts of goodies, including:
Books about the desert
Groovy rugs handmade by a local widow
Desert centric toys
Basic dairy products
Sodas, beer on ice,
California lottery tickets
What makes it most special is Linda, who has been managing the store for years. She is one of the sweetest desert ladies we have ever met.
What to buy: There is a comprehensive collection of desert books about wildlife, hikes, geology and history.
A favorite item are those rugs by Velma, the talented local widow. They are made with little squares folded into triangles of colorful polyester sewn onto a backing in a circular pattern. The triangles stick up on both sides of the seams making for a fluffy rug that looks like a target with rings of different colors. They are also machine washable!
What to pay: A bit more than average for sodas and beer. Other items are very reasonable. The rugs are more expensive at the Trading Post than at the Cima General Store located in the "town" of Cima which is in the heart of the Mojave Preserve.
Be careful! Most of the trains traveling through Nipton don't stop. When they are heading downgrade they may be traveling in excess of 80 miles an hour and these being freight trains, you never know what may be dangling from them, so don't stand too close.