About this listing
High Desert Eden Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Joshua Tree-Adjacent Pipes Canyon/Pioneertown. The area is only now being discovered by lovers of the High Desert - centrally located for easy access to the Park, Pappy and Harriet's and historic Pioneertown (a 5-minute drive), Morongo and Pioneertown Mountains Preserves, the Integretron and La Copine Kitchen.
This luxurious Southwest-style casita on 22 acres in undiscovered "Pipes Canyon" near Joshua Tree National Park and bordering 33,000 acres of Wildlands Preserve is set amidst jaw-dropping beauty, surrounded by lush vegetation, flat-topped mesas, extinct volcanoes and giant boulder formations. At 4,400 feet elevation, nestled at the foot of the Big Bear Mountains, the peace and quiet are unparalleled, and the secluded property teems with wildlife. Visitors come from around the world to view the dark, starry skies in this part of the California desert. The Milky Way is on display almost every night. Historic Pioneertown, only a five-minute drive (where cowboy movies and TV shows were shot in the 40s and 50s) is still a great destination, with a stunt-show shoot-out every Saturday at 2:00pm, and great food and world-class live music at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. Enjoy the healing benefits of a "sound bath" at the one-and-only Integretron a short ride away.
High Desert Eden, while boasting every amenity (satellite TV, free wi-fi, air conditioning and a full, beautifully stocked kitchen, is an eco-friendly, off-grid, solar and wind-powered retreat. It is filled with fine art, antiques, plush furnishings and beautiful textiles. A 200 sq. foot sleeping porch is everyone's favorite -- great for viewing wildlife and waking up to outrageous desert sunrises.
Your host, Max Thomas, is a nationally renown yoga master, and is available for personalized sessions, anything from restorative yoga for injuries to kick-butt classes. He is available for nature hikes and consultation on off-grid living. His wife of thirty years, Robin Maxwell, is an international bestselling novelist.
Enjoy a sitting meditation in the tee-pee or walk the desert vista labyrinth. Have a telescope delivered to your door for optimal stargazing, or play a game of bocce ball on our new bowling court. Kids (and adults) love 'mining for stardust' in our Rockhound Wash.There's a great library of fiction, nature, human anatomy, off-grid and healthy living books and magazines, as well as eclectic spiritual, philosophy and yoga titles for times you want to lie on a comfy couch or under a shady tree and just READ.
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(2 NIGHT MINIMUM and cleaning fee required)
All 22-acres, including the boulder pile, rock labyrinth, seasonal wash (for stardust mining), walk-in access to Pioneertown Mountains Preserve, lavish desert gardens, pond and waterfall, bocce ball and horse shoe courts.
Interaction with guests
We live on site, and we're happy to help in any way we can. We can show you the high points of the property (many!), give you suggestions for local excursions and good eats. If you're interested in off-grid living Max can show you our solar-wind set-up. Max (one of America's pioneering yogis) is also available for private yoga sessions.
Pipes Canyon-Pioneertown (Joshua Tree Adjacent) has been called "The Bel Air of the High Desert." It IS that, with no pretensions.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
Max and I have lived on this property for 13 years this month, and every day we're here we love it more and more. Max has put so much great work into the gardens. It's become something of a local showplace.