About this listing
Two acres on protected wetlands. Spellbinding views into Death Valley National Park. Natural hot spring pool. Tranquility. Discovery. Quiet you can feel on your skin.
Retreat. Reflect. Unplug. Connect.
We have a mix of rustic accommodations. From this page you can reserve the vintage travel trailer circa 1960 pictured here. Rate is for two adults.
The Vintage RV is a 1970 Prowler travel trailer with original interior. Rustic and kitschy, it has an evaporative cooler for warm days, small fridge, four burner stove, dinette that can make an extra bed and a true step-saver bathroom. From the double bed you can gaze out across the river marsh in the glow of our own lighthouse. Yep, a lighthouse on the Amargosa River.
We have other spaces offered through other pages here on Airbnb. Check 'em all out from the "host" page.
The solitude and grandeur of our two and half acres of pristine desert vistas, the clean air and outdoor recreation limited will make a visit to The Second Wind stand the test of time.
Experience a facial or mud bath utilizing rare volcanic French Green Bentonite Clays freshly harvested from local mines. Unplug. Unravel. Unwind.
We have abundant water from mineral wells for bathing, washing, laundry, etc., but it is not potable. Bring plenty of drinking water with you. In this extremely arid climate you'll want about twice what you usually drink.
There is a bar & grill in Shoshone (6 miles north), and Tecopa Hot Springs has an interesting nuveau bistro with an ever-changing menu.
Aside from that, we provide various cooking facilities for your use. There is a kitchenette in the RV, outdoor barbecue grills, a large turkey smoker and what might be the very first hibachi ever made, campfire rings…. your choice.
There is a convenience store in Shoshone and major shopping in Pahrump, NV (pop. 40,000) which is an easy drive of about 30 miles. Las Vegas, NV is about 65 miles to the southeast.
Nearby attractions include Death Valley National Park, the Amargosa Opera House, China Ranch, Dumont Dunes, Red Rock Canyon National Recreational Area, Mount Charleston Ski Resorts, the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge or the famous Nye County Brothels (Houses of prostitution are legal in Nevada, you know.)
We are four to five hours from Yosimite National Park, Disneyland, San Diego, Big Bear Ski Resorts, Lake Mead, Grand Canyon National Park, Los Angeles or Palm Springs.
All reservations include access to our private soaking tub fed by deep therapeutic hot mineral wells (chemical analysis available upon request), mountain bikes for touring the Old Spanish Trail Highway, cooking facilities, outdoor soaking tubs for catching the sun or star watching until the moon sets. Listen to the wind waft gently over the chorus of frogs in the marsh. Watch migrating waterfowl overhead.
Interaction with Guests
As requested by the guests. Choose absolute quiet privacy, a wine-and-cheese campfire potluck or anything in between. Our goal is to make your visit memorable.
Our neighborhood is fewer than 100 people. We have a small but mighty library, fire and ambulance service, a community center, post office and a few motels and spas. Basic needs are met, but this quiet rural area is most loved for the scenery, night skies and its proximity to the great outdoors.
There is no public transit available. If coming by air, a rental car is advised for those who want to explore. A car is not needed to enjoy local hiking, biking, birding, or communing with nature. Airport pickup available upon request. Rates vary by arrival city.
Other Things to Note
We are an adults only destination and regrettably cannot accommodate children or pets.
The local coyotes are no threat to humans, but they will eat your dog or cat. You run a huge risk of losing your pet if you bring it here.
The beautifully scenic Amargosa Wetland borders our property and has the only flowing water in the Death Valley region. Numerous ponds and hot springs make it a perfect habitat for a variety of species of birds, mammals and amphibians.
It is also dotted with quicksand, much of which is hidden by crusted salts. We don't hike in the marsh. It's ecologically fragile as well as dangerous. Adults understand this; children sometimes do not.
We prefer to err on the side of caution. Thank you for understanding.
The golden rule suits us just fine.
Please check in before dark unless prior arrangements are made.
Smoking is permitted outside. Please ask for an ashtray if you need one.
When the family winter retreat in Death Valley passed to me, it was the beginning of an adventure I never could have imagined. This rural oasis on the edge of Death Valley National Park has offered rest and revitalization for friends past, present and future who seek tranquility in one of the most exotic and stunningly beautiful settings in North America. Since June of 2014 Airbnb has made it possible for us to welcome people from around the world who find comfort in soothing mineral hot springs under clear night skies in one of the last truly wild places in the American West. There is no cell reception, no text, no GPS. We use road maps and land lines and like it that way. So if you're looking to truly get away, this is AWAY.
Our patriarch, Mac, was a miner, a sailor, a sculptor and a dreamer who designated his son Justin to be guardian of our Death Valley oasis. For the past forty years Justin worked as actor, singer, writer, director, and teacher all over the United States. A love of public service allowed him to enjoy an avocation in politics. He was six times a candidate and three times elected to public office. He continues to teach performance technique and public speaking and still periodically hits the road with a one man show, "Give 'em Hell Harry," about US President Harry S. Truman. Justin is currently researching an historical pageant to chronicle and preserve the memories of Death Valley's early pioneers.
We love to share a campfire yarn with other lovers of art, humanity and this vast natural wilderness. It will be an honor to host, guide and to get to know you during your stay at our rustic retreat.