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.
We had a great welcome to the RV and it's a perfect spot for a stop over before death valley. Beautiful surrounding landscapes and an enjoyable area to sit outside in the evening. It's an old RV so taking in to consideration this, and if you don't mind RV living, then this place is a fine stay.
The place is certainly unique, although I was a bit disappointed by the state it is in. The RV is quite run down, ventilation makes a lot of noise, fridge hardly cooled, and the hot pool area hasn't been dusted in ages. It's quite overpriced for what you get. The hot pool and tubs are great though. Quite nice to sit in a tub under the stars!
Very easy to get to with the instructions provided. Justin gave us a friendly welcome and a quick tour.
honesty i was a little worried about my companion not liking the place's "quirkiness" and was waiting for a derogatory comment after our long drive through the hot desert. .. but he loved it.
i am relatively easy to please - but when my fella is happy, one should feel good about it.
and we both were very happy.
we enjoyed a beautiful sunset with one of the other guests. we experienced a balance of privacy and social interaction with other guests.
we slept very well in our camper and had all we needed (in all fairness - this was just water and coffee really)
the outdoor tubs were a treat.
although we only stayed for one night, we soaked in them several times. ... once being chased indoors by the damn black flies.
the space is quirky and i could see it not being for everyone. that works to the guests advantage since one can expect only to meet other interesting and traveled souls.
i have already recommended justin's place to a few friends.
We spend only one night in the Vintage RV but it was a beautiful experience. A very unique place where reign peace and tranquillity. Justin is a perfect host: he welcomed us with kindness and courtesy. We will always remember the beautiful sunrise in Tecopa. Thank You so much! Riccardo and Amanda from Italy.
It was a great experience, we had never seen anything like this. It was truly amazing to sleep a night in an RV in the desert while the coyotes were howling at night. The hot tub with minerals was also great.
Justin was a good host and gave us a nice tour around the whole lot.
Justin and Dave made us feel very welcome and gave us some great advice on the area, what was close to see and what was a real day trip. After a tour of this fantastic and quirky location, we enjoyed our stay fully in the vintage RV. We felt very much at home.
This stay was a highlight of our Californian trip. If anyone has the idea of visiting Death Valley, I highly recommend doing it. The are is breathtaking and quite other worldly in its beauty. This Aurbnb location was a thill. We could enjoy the hot sprigs, or fill one of the baths outside and enjoy a soak in natural mineral waters under the start. This location allowed us to see the Milky-way and fall asleep to distant Coyotes. I cannot rate this property enough. 5 stars and very enjoyable. Stayed 2 nights, wished we had a few more there.
We liked the very warm welcome by Dave and the individual style of the whole compound. Taking a bath in the warm water with the breathtaking view was so relaxing. All in all it was a great experience that we would always repeat and recommend!
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About the Host, Justin And Dave
We are long time friends who recently embarked upon an adventure to create a rural oasis for friends past, present and future to come for rest and tranquility in one of the most exotic and stunningly beautiful settings in North America.
"Sourdough Dave" is an award winning freelance graphic artist by trade whose work is nationally recognized. His talents in a variety of visual arts are a solid foundation for his more recent studies in the fields of geology and earth sciences, lending colorful insight to his fascinating tours of the Tecopa, Death Valley and Southern Nevada mining districts. He is a member of Nye County Gold Seekers, a fraternity of latter day prospectors, and is frequently spotted tracing the steps of early pioneers who came west to find their fortunes in the mineral rich lands around us. If you care to try your hand at panning for gold along the banks of the Amargosa River and environs, you'll find no better guide and instructor than Dave. But be warned that modern medicine has yet to find a cure for Gold Fever, and once struck you may be tempted to wander California's mountains and streams forever.
Where Dave is a master of sights and colors, Justin is a master of language arts. As actor, singer, writer, director, and teacher he has spent years working stages 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.
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.