Thunderbird Lodge-Mountain House

Cabin - Entire home/apt · La Contenta Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, United States
Your host, Lori
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The Space

This 900 square foot one bedroom cabin is situated on 15 acres. I invite you to sit outside on the bi-level deck and take in the brightly colored sky at dusk. The living room's sliding glass door faces west, thus welcoming in plenty of natural lighting throughout the day. Mountain House, with its artistic decorations and vintage furnishings, will warmly welcome up to six guests.

I live on La Contenta Rd. (the same street on which Shell, Mountain, and Rock house reside) so I'm around should you have any questions while visiting. Though I'm close by, all of my cabins are private, secluded, and separate from my own home.

In order to preserve the land from development, to restore the integrity of these homesteader cabins, and to upcycle discarded slabs of granite into artistic tile work, I started Thunderbird Lodge Retreat in 2011.

Features of Mountain House:
-900 Sq. Ft., sleeps 6 comfortably
-1 bedroom with queen-sized bed and 2 full-sized beds on opposite sides of the large living room
-1 bath with custom tile work
-Full-sized kitchen equipped with cookware
-Sits on 15 acres with outdoor bar, bi-level deck, grill, and a number of seating areas
-Washer/dryer on site
-Wood burning stove and evaporative coolers allow for a comfortable temperature year round
-Within walking distance to an infrequently traveled dirt road which leads to the Covington Flats section of Joshua Tree National Park
-Five minute drive to downtown Joshua Tree
-Fifteen minute drive to Pioneertown and Pappy & Harriet's

Regular Daily Rate is $135/day, Summer/Midweek Rates are $108/day, special pricing on Holidays and Event weekends.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $15 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $675 /week
Monthly Price: $1350 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
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  • This place was the perfect weekend getaway. Secluded, quiet, and serene. The most impressive aspect was the privacy. Lori made herself very available but I never saw her if I didn't need to. Really made the place feel like a true escape. Would definitely go back.

    May 2014
  • The privacy and rustic accommodations were perfect for our spring break adventure. I appreciated the closeness to Joshua tree during the day and the fire pit outside at night during the blood moon. Thanks for sharing your place Lori.

    April 2014
  • Amazing place, down a sandy track, great views and fantastic fire pit.

    April 2014
  • My stay at Mountain House couldn't have been any better - it's a cozy, well-appointed space that's just a stone's throw away from Joshua Tree park. And Lori was supremely responsive and helpful. Would stay again in a heartbeat!

    April 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay at the Mountain House. The house fit our needs and was comfortable and clean with a bit of funky charm. Especially liked the wood burning stove as it was a bit chilly at night. The stove warmed up the large living/dining room/sleeping area very well as did the electric radiator in the bedroom.
    The location is excellent for visiting The National Park.
    I would recommend the Mountain House as a fun base for exploring Joshua Tree.

    March 2014
  • The mountain house is one of our new favorite places--it's very spacious and beautifully decorated, with sprawling desert views on all sides and a perfect patio for watching the sunrise and sunset. Even though it feels nice and remote, it's a quick drive to the main drag in Joshua Tree, as well as JT National Park. While I didn't meet Lori in person, she was super pleasant and responsive via text, and made the check-in/check-out process easy. We would love to stay here again.

    February 2014
  • Great place!!! Rustic and Artsy; had everything we needed. Best Location!!! Right at the edge of Joshua National Park; Gorgeous garden just need some tidy up from unused items. We had a great time!!!!

    February 2014
  • I had such a great time staying at Thunderbird lodge!! So quirky and comfy. Absolutely beautiful, and so close to Joshua Tree national park!! Lori (the owner) was extremely helpful. I highly recommend staying here!

    February 2014
  • Well off the beaten path, awesome place, great view, best sunset in the desert. Very private, wood stove, everything you need in the kitchen. Clean, nicely furnished, cool furniture. We felt like we were staying at a cool aunt's house in the desert, while she went salmon fishing in Alaska. Fenced in yard for our dog! AWESOME!!!! For the same price as a hotel you get a cool house with a yard for your dog/dogs! Lori stopped by and dropped off firewood, she's was very respectful of our privacy, left us alone. Dirt road to get there, hardly any people around. Feels like you're staying in a house in Joshua Tree National park. In fact, this might be the last house before the park. Great place! We can't wait to go back!!!!!

    January 2014
  • Loved Lori's place. The Mountain House was very clean and comfortable with an amazing view. Loved her upcycled, desert-eclectic style. We had a blast and Lori was great. Very close to Joshua Tree National Park. Would highly recommend.

    November 2013
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Paramount High, Harbor City college, San Diego Community College, Copper Mt. College
Owner Thunderbird Lodge Retreat, Cook for a large spiritual retreat in Joshua Tree
I was born and raised in Paramount, right in the heart of LA near Compton and Lakewood. I met my husband Abel when I went to work at Bethlehem Steel. My husband had been raised in Brawley in a desert hotter and not nearly as scenic as this. I was 18-years-old when Abel and I got married, and I was one of the first three women to be hired at Bethlehem as a mill worker. Bethlehem Steel used to make ships and bridges and things, and it employed almost 30,000 workers. But then Joshua Tree had for a while been piquing my family. In the early 40's when they were offering homesteaders free 5 acre parcels in exchange for building a cabin on it, my mother tried to convince my father to do it. My father said, "Who would ever want to live in the desert?" At the time, my grandfather had already been living here for 10 years. When my grandfather--a former LA police officer-- came here in the 30's, 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. So, we'd visit my grandparents on the weekends and in the summer and, while working around noisy, hot machines at Bethlehem, I kept thinking and dreaming of hiking around the hills behind their old house. When Bethlehem Steel closed in 1981, Abel and I started looking for a place to buy in Joshua Tree. A place we could rest ourselves into. When we looked around, we found a house on the north side that had just been finished. It was a 2 bedroom with a new water tank, a septic system, electricity--all of that. But when we came here to see this little cabin on La Contenta Road, I was sold. The real estate lady was trying to convince me to buy the other one. They were both listed at the same price: $24,500. I told her, "No, I want this one; we can get a toilet later." -------- The Thunderbird Lodge Retreat, located on La Contenta Road and comprised of four fully restored homesteader cabins, is the product of this history of the land and its inhabitants, of its seekers and sojourners. It is desert life turning to face itself and learning to respect its natural home for its plenty as well as its dearth. The Thunderbird Lodge Retreat takes its inspiration from upcycling, believing that out of apparent scarcity can emerge the plentiful and the aesthetically interesting. Out of old, previously discarded things can be conceived new lives. In our cabins you'll find a dresser turned into a kitchen island, a bed frame turned into a fireplace mantle, and seemingly useless scraps of granite pieced together to create unique tiling on the floors, walls, and countertops.
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