This brick studio cabin rests on 22.5 private acres, adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. It sleeps 4 - 6 w/a king sized bed, fold-out queen sleeper sofa, and day bed (w/trundle). Pet friendly, 1 acre is fenced. *Please see my 4 other listings.
This artistically recreated homesteader cabin is private, no other cabins are located on its 22.5 acres. With private hiking trails and sitting area at Joshua's Perch (See photos).
-600 Sq. Ft. Studio, sleeps 4 comfortably
-Pet Friendly (1 acre of the property is fenced)
-Studio: 1 large room with king sized bed and 2 sleeper sofas
-1 bath with restored claw foot tub
-Evaporative Cooler: this is what we use in the desert for "Air Conditioning"
-Full-sized kitchen equipped with cookware
-All linens provided
-Sits on 22.5 acres with outdoor bar, grill, porch swing, and a number of seating areas
-Wood burning stove and evaporative coolers allow for a comfortable temperature year round
-Within walking distance to the Covington Flats section of Joshua Tree National Park
Regular Daily Rate is $125/day, Summer Midweek Rates are $99/day, special pricing on Holidays and Event weekends.
22.5 private acres of land with hiking trails and exclusive access to Joshua's Perch (see photos). Within walking distance to Joshua Tree National Park.
Interaction with Guests
I make myself available according to the needs of my guests.
The roads in the neighborhood are made of tightly packed dirt. There are some areas where the dirt is a bit softer. Most cars have no problem getting around.
Other Things to Note
*Prices include tax. Please see my 4 other listings: Thunderbird Lodge Retreat (Mesa House, Mountain House, Rock House, Park View House). All are located in different locations near Joshua Tree National Park, on 15 (or more) acres each. Each cabin is separate from the other, they are located on their own parcels of land and are private from one another. *Prices include taxes & fees.
Smoking is prohibited inside our cabin. Smokers are welcome to smoke outside of the cabin, ashtrays are provided.
The Shell is, quite simply, out of this world. The cabin, the views, the setting, the porch, the night sky, the many little artefacts both inside and out, all combine to make this one of the most special places we have stayed.
For anyone wanting to explore Joshua Tree, this couldn't be better located - just a short drive from the entrance. And if you want to sit out under the night sky as if you were camping (but with all the benefits of a roof and a comfy bed), this truly is very, very special.
We hope to return again some day!
Thunderbird Lodge is an amazing place to stay. It is truly "get away" place from our home and work.
Thunderbird Lodge was just what we hoped! Charming, cozy, and rustic in just the right way. We arrived and got settled on with ease, and found the place clean and hospitable. Lori was also very friendly in our communications and made us feel very welcome (thanks Lori!)
The perfect Joshua tree getaway!
I visited Shell house the first week of February. I had a great experience. The weather was perfect about 70 degrees and the location was right in the middle of Joshua tree and Pappy and Harriet's. Shell house was very cozy. Our host Lori was very helpful when we arrived late to find the cabin in the dark. She has decorated the cabin so beautifully. Filled it with vintage antiques and extremely comfortable furniture. The king sized bed had me sleeping like a baby.
The property is very large with many sitting areas to enjoy the sunset and an outdoor fire. The cabin comes with very clear instructions on how to use the amenities. The wifi was spot on and she even has old games you could play. There is starter wood for both fire places so if you forgot to grab some on the way up its no problem for your first night. I thought ahead and brought some. I can say that Lori hasn't missed a step. There is everything you need to enjoy your stay. I will be returning very soon.
Highly recommended! A wonderful spot, perfect for a quiet getaway. About 15 minutes' drive from the main entrance to the park (longer to sights within the park) and close to the conveniences of Yucca, but make sure you come back in time to watch the sun set from the porch swing, or the nearby hilltop, at least once. Stunning.
Lori was great -- easy to communicate with, problem-free check-in. We had no complaints at all!
All the information about the surrounding area was provided which made it easy.
Lori was very helpful, yet discreet, throughout our stay at Thunderbird Lodge. We ended up not meeting in person, but felt her angelic presence nearby. Once after a hike, we came back to find a fresh pile of firewood left for us. Amazing neighborhood, we literally didn't see a soul the entire time there, though there are a couple neighbors fairly close by, and a llama across the street. Accurate listing. Rustic and rootsy, but also clean and well-equipped. The isolation of the cabin makes it feel almost like camping, without all the work! Me, my wife and 2.5 year old daughter loved it!
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I was born and raised in Paramount, in the heart of LA. My husband, Abel, and I moved to the Joshua Tree area full-time in 1982. Prior to that, I had been visiting since the early 1960s.
My grandfather, a former LA police officer, came here in the 30s. When he moved up here, there was only a dirt road from Banning on -- probably going for 30 miles. He was a well-known character who made his own beer during prohibition and ran the cabins now known as Willie Boy's Restaurant in Morongo Valley. We'd visit my grandparents on the weekends and in the summer.
I was drawn to the Yucca Valley area around La Contenta Road for the exquisite scenic beauty and have been in this neighborhood since moving to the area.