Mountain House at sunset.
Entire home/apt
4 Guests
1 Bedroom
2 Beds
Per Night
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About this listing

This spacious cabin rests on 15 private acres, within walking distance to Joshua Tree National Park. Sleeps 4 comfortably: 1 bedroom, 1 additional bed in living room, 1 bath. Pet friendly (fenced yard) & free Wifi. *Please see my 4 other listings.

The Space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $50
Security Deposit: $200
Weekly discount: 15%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

This artistically recreated homesteader cabin is private, no other cabins are located on its 15 acres.
-900 Sq. Ft., sleeps 4 comfortably
-Free Wifi
-Pet Friendly (part of the property is fenced)
-1 bedroom with queen-sized bed and 1 full-sized bed in the large living room
-1 bath with custom tile work
-living room with plenty of seating
-Evaporative Cooler: this is what we use in the desert for "Air Conditioning"
-Full-sized kitchen equipped with cookware
-All linens & towels provided
-15 private acres with outdoor bar, large deck, grill, and a number of seating areas.
-Fire pit.
-Wood burning stove.
-Within walking distance to the Covington Flats section of Joshua Tree National Park.
-Ten minute drive to downtown Joshua Tree
-Fifteen minute drive to Pioneertown and Pappy & Harriet's

*Direct booking available through our website, thunderbirdlodgeretreat.

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Guest Access

15 acres of private property. Within walking distance to Joshua Tree National Park.

Interaction with Guests

I make myself available according to the needs of my guests.

The Neighborhood

Totally private, scenic and located close to Joshua Tree National Park yet very convenient to Joshua Tree Village, Pioneertown and other local attractions.

Getting Around

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, Rock House, Shell 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.

House Rules
Check-in is after 3PM

Smoking is prohibited inside our cabin. Smokers are welcome to smoke outside of the cabin, ashtrays are provided.

Safety Features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

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Joshua Tree, California, United States · Member since December 2011

Lori Portillo, Thunderbird Lodge Retreat's owner, was born and raised in Paramount, in the heart of Los Angeles. In 1982, she moved with her husband, Abel, to Joshua Tree. Lori was immediately drawn to the stunning area around La Contenta Road, near the Covington Flats entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park. Her attraction was due to the exquisite beauty of the landscape, wildlife, and tranquility.

Prior to moving to the community, she visited since the early 1960s to spend time with family who lived here. In the 1930s, her grandfather, a former LA police officer and Texas cowboy, relocated to the area. When he first arrived, there was only a dirt road from Banning on – for about 30 miles. He was a well-known local character. During prohibition, he made his own beer and also ran the cabins now known as Willie Boy's Restaurant in Morongo Valley. Lori and her family visited often on the weekends and during summers.

Five years ago, she started converting homesteader cabins that had previously been longterm rentals. After the financial collapse of 2008, as well as surviving both her husband and mother dying (in 2011 and 2010 respectively), Lori was at a crossroads in her life. She was also in a bit of financial panic. And had to figure something out. Lori decided to just go for it.... starting the Thunderbird Lodge Retreat. Her vision is to create an oasis in the desert with comfortable, charming spaces for adventurous, artistic travelers.

Consequently, the project turned out to be a perfect outlet for Lori's creative sensibilities. She is a lifelong artist who always had an interest in tools. Lori infuses each Thunderbird Lodge Retreat cabin with unique touches. These include custom tile work, eclectic vintage furnishings, shadow boxes, and, in the case of the new Ranch House, a Western "town." The town, El Dorado, is in the Ranch House backyard and features a saloon with gaming tables.

Lori is particularly committed to incorporating recycled materials into each of her cabins. This allows her to not only to divert the waste stream but also take advantage of the aesthetic beauty in the scavenged objects. The history imbued in the objects also adds to the character of each Thunderbird Lodge Retreat cabin. While much of the carpentry and creative work in the houses is completed by Lori, she is also grateful for the building skills that she has learned from others. Lori has received tremendous support from a number of friends and relatives, including her cousins and brothers, among many others.

In 2011, she converted her first homesteader cabin, the Shell House. Today, she has 6 operating vacation rental spaces and is currently working on her seventh cabin.

Thunderbird Lodge Retreat completely transformed Lori's life. The project took her from a very difficult period of her personal history to an ideal job and lifestyle. It allows her to funnel her natural creative talents and interests into developing unique vacation experiences in this very special spot of the Mojave Desert. She also has the great pleasure to meet some truly amazing people who visit from around the world.

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