Nipton, California

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Unincorporated community
Nipton, California
Nipton, California
Nipton is located in California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 35°28′0″N 115°16′20″W / 35.46667°N 115.27222°W / 35.46667; -115.27222Coordinates: 35°28′0″N 115°16′20″W / 35.46667°N 115.27222°W / 35.46667; -115.27222
Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
Elevation[1] 3,031 ft (924 m)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92364
Area codes 442/760
FIPS code 06-51490
GNIS feature ID 246562

Nipton is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California, on the northeastern border of Mojave National Preserve, approximately 12 miles southeast of Primm, Nevada and the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. It is accessible via Nevada State Route 164 (also known as Nipton Road).


Nipton was founded on February 9, 1905, with the coming of the first train on the newly constructed San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. It was called "Nippeno Camp" following a nearby discovery of gold. The name was changed to Nipton when the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad merged with the Union Pacific Railroad around 1910. In addition to being a cattle-loading station for several local ranches, the town and depot also supplied numerous mines in the area, becoming a social center for the sparse population of the region.

In September 2017, Nipton was purchased by American Green Inc., a maker of cannabis products, for $5 million USD with plans to turn the town into a cannabis tourism destination. The CEO of American Green Inc hopes to make this into the first "Pot Town, USA".[2][3]

Community facilities[edit]

Early facilities included a school, a U.S. post office, a voter precinct, and several small businesses. A five-room adobe hotel was built in the Mexican Territorial style in 1910.

Nipton also has two historic residences, the Nippeno House and the Hermitage House.


Nipton at dawn in December

The area has a lot of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Nipton has a mild desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.[4]


  1. ^ "Nipton". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Kaplan (August 3, 2017). "Cannabis Grower Buys California Town to Build Pot-Friendly Outpost". Bloomburg News. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Rosalie Murphy (August 4, 2017). "A marijuana company is trying to buy a tiny Mojave Desert town". Desert Sun. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Nipton, California

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