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 beds in living room, 1 bath. Pet friendly (fenced yard) & free Wifi. *Please see my 4 other listings.
This artistically recreated homesteader cabin is private, no other cabins are located on its 15 acres.
-900 Sq. Ft., sleeps 6 comfortably
-Pet Friendly (part of the property is fenced)
-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
-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, bi-level deck, grill, and a number of seating areas
-Wood burning stove
-Within walking distance 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.
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 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.
Smoking is prohibited inside our cabin. Smokers are welcome to smoke outside of the cabin, ashtrays are provided.
We had a great time in the Thunderbird lodge. Spent two nights there with my wife and two kids. The house was spacious and cozy with spectacular surroundings. Lori was very helpful. The Joshua Tree park is worth the trip.
We had the best time at the Thunderbird Lodge Retreat -- it's a beautiful house on an amazing piece of property, and our stay in the desert was really transformed by our time spent watching the sun set off the back deck, waking up to the early morning light in the front yard, and walking our dog along the paths outside the house. Lori was incredibly easy to coordinate with, and super efficient -- the house was very clean and completely stocked with everything we needed. Four people (and a small dog) fit very comfortably, and we were able to cook all of our meals at the house, which freed up time to just hang out and enjoy the desert without trekking into town. However, both Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree downtown areas are a very close driving distance, so although the house feels really removed and private, you're also close to stores, coffee shops, and groceries if you need them. The house is also just a short drive away from Joshua Tree National Park, and it was really easy to spend the day there hiking. Overall we had a great experience and I'd highly recommend any of Lori's desert properties for an unforgettable stay!
I was looking for a two-day escape from LA, and Lori's place fit the bill perfectly! Comfortable, rustic, funky designs, and amazing views of the desert.
Lori was very helpful when I had a question, and provided a wealth of knowledge about the Joshua Tree/Yucca Valley area. I would highly recommend staying at one of her houses!
Lori made us feel very welcome. She expressed that she was available (and near by) if we needed her.
The property was very clean and the decoration was unique. We had a good time trying to figure out the history and decisions for keeping the odd furniture in the yard.
The neighborhood was safe. We didn't need to lock the door (but we did.) We are from NYC so we are conscious of locking up before we leave, if you are as well, double check all of the windows as it is easy to sneak in if someone wanted to. That being said there is a great amount of solitude and quite. Just what the doctor ordered!
I really enjoyed staying at Lori's place. It was just what I was looking for. It's an adventure to be out in the desert like that, but, that's why I chose this place. The house was clean, welcoming, had Internet and a nice kitchen. The bathroom was good. Everything was good. Shopping (for food) was nearby with plenty of choices. If you're looking for an artistic, fun place, this is a good one to consider. Lori was unobtrusive but I knew if I needed anything she would provide. All in all a +.
Lori made sure that the house was ready for our arrival and was fully stocked with all of the amenities. The house is quirky and random, in the best way possible. The view from the back patio is breathtakingly beautiful, and we brought our dogs who had the best time running around in the back chasing each other around all the trees and bushes. I would definitely recommend this place for a stay. The national park entrance is only a 10 minute drive, and pioneer town is about 20 minutes away, so everything is pretty close too.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Mountain House. The casual funkiness was very welcoming for my wife and I and our dog. The beds were comfortable and we enjoyed sleeping in the main room with the desert visible all around us. The privacy of 15 acres was relaxing and it was nice to have the fenced yard for the dog when needed. Lori was very helpful in all communications and was available by phone or email during our stay, but did not intrude on our privacy.
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About the Host, Lori
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.