Not far from Joshua Tree National Park (near historic Pioneertown) sits the well appointed "Gamma Gulch Guest Cabin" nestled deep within your own private valley of Boulders, Joshua Trees and Pinyon Pines bordered by miles of Protected Desert Wilderness with plenty of solitude and unlimited hiking opportunities.
A view into the Guest Cabin. A birdbath attracts a large variety of birds (and the occasional bobcat and coyote!)
The Guest House comes well equipped insuring a comfortable stay in the desert wilderness. A well stocked kitchen, a Queen Bed with thick memory foam matress topper -- linens included -- plenty of reading materials on the local flora and fauna including books on Joshua Tree National Park with bird and animal reference guides. Binoculars and bird seed included! Also, there is a private meditation/yoga hut nestled in the boulders, a hot tub to soak under the stars in (no jets due to noise pollution!), a Bose stereo system, a flat screen tv with dish network, dvd player and dvds. The Gamma Gulch Guest House is very unique in that it offers a genuine high desert wilderness experience. One feels as if they are staying in the Wonderland of Rocks area of JTNP, less the tourists, traffic and noise. The space fits two comfortably.
Nearby attractions include Joshua Tree National Park, fun and funky antique shops in Old Town Yucca Valley, New Age sound baths at the odd and interesting "Integratron", and for your dining and entertainment pleasure there is "Pappy and Harriets", a renowned honky tonk restaurant with live entertainment. You can do a web search on all of the above to find out more.
Interaction with Guests
My wife and I live adjacent to the Guest House in the original one bedroom cabin built in 1949. (The Guest House was built in 2005) We are available should you need anything...ideas on where to hike, unique places worth visiting. Many of our guests enjoy accompanying my wife Sachi on one of her daily hikes and they find it really helps them become familiar with this vast desert landscape. Many guests say their hike with Sachi was one of the highlights of their visit, especially when they learn that their hiking guide, Sachi, was a Buddhist monk in Burma with quite a moving story (see profile). It's important to know that even though we are close by that we are here should you need anything but otherwise you'll be left alone to experience the wonder and quietude that this special piece of desert has to offer.
The guests that are attracted to our place claim they are in need of getting away from it all. The hiking opportunities are endless and the chances of seeing anyone on a hike is remote. Other than one neighbor a few hills over, our next closest neighbor is 1 mile away. No street lights, no traffic noise. It is a 3 mile drive on a dirt road to get to the Gamma Gulch Guest Cabin and the chances of any vehicles driving by during your stay are pretty slim. If you look at the maps of most properties listed you'll see they sit on 2 or maybe 5 acres, whereas the Gamma Gulch Guest House is situated on literally thousands of acres of protected wilderness.
Other Things to Note
Please be aware that the weather from Nov-Feb can be quite cold with night time temps dipping into the 20's and daytime temps can be pretty cool. Cool daytime temps can make for good hiking weather but it may be too cold to sit out on the patio. Of course the weather could be warmer during these months but it's best to be physically and mentally prepared for cool, possibly cold, temps.
We do ask our guests to sign a rental agreement and liability waiver which will be emailed to you and should be signed and returned to us upon your arrival.
*The Homeowner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occur while on the premises or its facilities. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that the guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premises.
My boyfriend and I scheduled our trip to Joshua Tree mainly to see a band, Caribou, at Pappy and Harriets. We arrived later than expected Thursday night and were a bit concerned with how we'd find Dave and Sachi's place. Dave couldnt have been nicer and offered to meet us, no matter how late we were out, so we could find our way safely. We managed to follow the detailed directions by ourselves and arrived at Dave and Sachi's around 1am. Dave was so friendly and hospitable despite the early hour - showed us our guest house and made sure we were comfortable and all set.
My boyfriend and I went to Joshua Tree this past weekend for my birthday, and this was the PERFECT place for us. First off, Dave and Sachi were so welcoming, and Dave actually drove out to meet us on Gamma Gulch road so we wouldn't get lost on our way to the house. Dave gave us directions to the Integratron, which was about 25 minutes away, and showed us everything we needed to know about the house. The house itself is great. It's furnished beautifully, and had everything we could have possibly needed. Their attention to detail was really impressive, from the bathroom supplies to the kitchen equipment (including a spiralizer!!). The heated daybed outside is AMAZING, and is so comfortable we fell asleep on it while stargazing. The bed inside is equally as comfortable, as are all the chairs (we both have sensitive backs, so this was a pleasant surprise).
We were planning on going into the park, but ultimately decided not to since we had everything we needed around us. The boulders in the backyard are beautiful to look at, and fun to explore. We visited the meditation hut nearby, and took a walk along the looping dirt road with a special guide - Rosie! Dave and Sachi have three super friendly dogs, and Rosie absolutely adores visitors. I highly recommend going on a walk or a hike with her - she has endless energy and made a lovely (and super adorable) companion.
And the hot tub... amazing. It was the perfect temperature and is also great for stargazing. Like the other reviewers said, Dave and Sachi will be as present as you want them to - we really enjoyed talking with them, but if you want to be left alone they will do just that. I really can't express what a gift this trip was, all thanks to Dave and Sachi, Rosie, and Garth (Dave will tell you about him). We will be returning as soon as humanly possible.
What a magical place!
I chose Gamma Gulch cabin because it seemed like a quiet place to get some (writing) work done, and experience the beauty of the high desert. My stay couldn't have been better -- the cabin is clean and lovely, and feels totally secluded. The views are beautiful and the silence is complete (except, of course, for the sounds of bird call -- so many birds! And squirrels! And bunnies!). David and Sacchi are the perfect hosts -- warm, generous, accommodating. They gave me the space that I needed to get my work done, and when I came by searching for company, they showed me around the area, and were wonderful guides.
I couldn't have asked for a more lovely stay, and I can't wait to return.
David and Saccavadi are excellent hosts! The cabin is very clean, well appointed and the views are breathtaking! We were looking for a peaceful retreat and boy did we find it! We look forward to a return visit!
An absolutely perfect weekend, thanks to Sachi and David.
Sachi greeted as we arrived after dark, and made sure we had everything we needed, but was extremely respectful of our privacy.
The guest house has everything you need - it's very well equipped, extremely private, beautifully designed, very comfortable, and includes lots of extras such as birdseed, fantastic books on the locale flora and fauna, coffee, etc.
The giant sliding glass door allows a fantastic view to the gorgeous landscape - even from bed! There is plenty of hiking right outside your door - and our morning walks were made even more special as their dog, Rosie, joined us and lead the way. We can't wait to return.
I have to say that Dave and Sachi are the perfect hosts! Dave gave us such a warm welcome that it felt like coming home from the very first second. Dave and Sachi live next door but they give you real privacy and it feels good that they are around if you need anything. The apartment has everything you need and is very well equipped. The guest house is perfect for two. It was perfectly clean, the bed was very comfortable (many cushions!) and all the well-thought little things inside and outside the apartment show how much love Dave and Sachi give to this place. The hot tub was hot (we loved it) and the heated outdoor bed for watching the stars is just one of the best things I ever enjoyed during a holiday. Did I already mention the nature? The stunning beautiful desert? After a 3.5 mile morning hike that Dave recommended we skipped our visit at the Joshua Tree National park because it can not get better. I wish we could have stayed longer. But we will come back again! Thanks for all your help and hospitality.
Amazing experience. The area is a beautiful place to explore, the guest house is perfect for 1-2 people with all the modern amenities (should you need them), and the hosts David and Saccavadi were lovely and were there just in case we needed anything. I would absolutely recommend staying here if you want to get out and enjoy Joshua Tree or if you just need to get away for awhile to get back to nature in peace.
My wife and I live adjacent to the Gamma Gulch Guest House. I actually met my wife, Saccavadi, while she was staying in the guest house in 2007. At that time she was a Buddhist monk visiting from Burma. She had been a monk for 21 years. Saccavadi asked if she could stay in the guest house while she finished her doctorate thesis on Buddhist studies as the guest house seemed the ideal, peaceful place to concentrate as well to commune with nature and meditate. (You can read her very moving story by googling "Saccavadi") We ended up falling in love and married a few years ago. Besides sharing a simple cabin with me, she also shares an immense love for nature and all the quiet and solitude that our little desert paradise offers. Many of our guests enjoy accompanying her on one of her morning or evening hikes and it's a great opportunity to get to explore the awesome scenery as well as to get to know this simple ex-monk who we now call "Sachi".