Joshua Tree Homesteader Cabin

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Sonora Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, United States

The Space

Stay in this magical homesteader cabin embedded in the Joshua Tree desert wilderness.

The cabin sits on 5 acres, and feels remote, but it's just 12 minutes from downtown Joshua Tree, and 15 minutes from the National Park's main entrance. We're on the grid but well off the pavement — you will travel a few miles on a secure, hard dirt road to get here. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic sunset and sunrise—as well as a blanket of stars. In the wintertime, you can build a bonfire too. Sleep comfortably in a queen-sized bed.

The cabin, which has been featured in the New York Times 'T' travel magazine and the book 'Jackrabbit Homestead,' was constructed in 1955 and still has its original green paint. The renovated interior has a cookware-outfitted kitchen and dining area. There is an outhouse with a dry toilet and roofless shower a few yards from the cabin. Wireless internet is available if you require a connection to the digital world. As of August 29, 2013, the cabin is now equipped with A/C.

The cottontail rabbits, cactus wrens, lizards, desert tortoises, jackrabbits, coyotes, owls and roadrunners (and more!) that make the desert their home make a visit to this serene cabin all the more special. The cabin is located next to BLM land and a wildlife corridor, which means you will witness these wild animals in their native habitat.

The cabin is less than two miles from artist Noah Purifoy's famous sculpture garden site. Two miles in the other direction is Dhamma Dena, teacher Ruth Denison's Vipassana Buddhist center. The Lou Harrison House, which hosts occasional devotional, folk and avant garde music events in an intimate setting is less than 10 minutes away; the Integratron and Giant Rock are 15 minutes away. The always swinging Pappy & Harriet's BBQ and music roadhouse in beautiful Pioneertown is a 30-minute drive. We will be happy to give you directions to each of these unique places (and many others) that we frequent ourselves.

Extra guests can sleep on the air mattress or camp on the site for an additional $30/person per night. This absolutely must be arranged with us ahead of time so that it can be reflected in the Airbnb reservation and bill.

Please note that we have a two-night minimum stay on weekends. This requirement allows us to keep our per-night rate low, so that the greatest number of folks get a chance to experience being here in the unfenced desert, under the Milky Way.

We donate 2.5% of our proceeds to the Mojave Desert Land Trust, an excellent local non-profit organization devoted to "protect[ing] the Mojave Desert ecosystem and its scenic and cultural resource values."

Please note: Absolutely no commercial photography or filming is permitted on site without previous agreement with us.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $650 /week
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • This was one the best weeks we have spent anywhere. We loved the Cabin, The Desert and it's inhabitants and we were made to feel most welcome not just by Jay and Steph who are delightful hosts who will now remain as friends but by all the local people of Joshua Tree that we met during our visit. We cannot recommend the Homesteader Cabin highly enough for anyone wanting a truly relaxing break away from a humdrum existence and the pressures of daily living.
    Defend Joshua Tree
    Dave and Mags from Wales UK

    April 2014
  • Jay's cabin was great! We were only there for a night but it was exactly the retreat we were looking for. Simple and sparse, perfectly in tune with the beautiful desert landscape. Really on the edge of town, with very nice outdoor amenities and a serviceable kitchen. Jay was great and very available in case we needed any assistance or had any questions. Thanks!

    April 2014
  • We stayed two nights in the Homesteader Cabin and very much enjoyed our time there. It is peaceful and quiet. It is also, as advertised, quite rustic, so if you are fine with heading outside to use the toilet and shower, but want a nice clean, spare, cozy getaway, this will work for you. The pilot light on the shower goes out if it is windy, making for a cold shower, but that's an inconvenience, not a deal breaker. (Don't worry, the shower is enclosed.)

    April 2014
  • The Homesteader cabin was exactly what we had expected! We really enjoyed the peacefulness the Homesteader and Joshua Tree has to offer.
    Anyone visiting the area should stay at this location.

    April 2014
  • The cabin was everything we'd hoped for - a well maintained, outfitted, and comfortable break from camping!

    March 2014
  • Wow! What a great retreat. The cabin is absolutely amazing. This place is a piece of art, I’m glad that I had the chance to discover it. The surrounding desert is THE greatest masterpiece. Jay was very helpful although we only spoke for few minutes. He offered me assistance if I needed anything since he live close by.
    I’ll cherish this place and hopefully will be back again!

    March 2014
  • Everything about our stay at Stephanie and Jay's homesteader cabin was delightful – Jay checked us in and taught us how to use the outdoor shower and toilet (both so clean and easy to use!) and gave us instructions on how to handle any encounters with the wildlife in a safe manner. We didn't have an opportunity for much hiking, but really enjoyed resting at the cabin after two days of hiking and camping in Joshua Tree National Park – the cabin is lovely for watching sunsets and there's a hammock that can easily be set up on the front porch. The kitchen is stocked with dishes, plates, etc as well! There are neighbors close by, but they were away while we were there and our experience was very private – we felt it was nice, though, to know that there were others nearby! Also, coming from Los Angeles, we couldn't believe how great the water from the tap tasted – and we caught a glorious sunrise in the morning before heading out – can't wait to go back!

    March 2014
  • This place is absolutely amazing. There's always a fear that the photos are fancier than the thing itself, but it's certainly not the case here. The silence and the land around the cabin is incredible, and the cabin is simple, light-filled and a pleasure to be in. Joshua Tree National Park is about a 30 min drive away, but you wouldn't want to be any closer... One of the best places I've ever stayed at. Thank you Jay and Stephanie!

    March 2014
  • We had a lovely weekend at the Homestead Cabin. The house was clean and had everything we needed to cook dinner and breakfast. It was very quiet and peaceful - the full moon made for an extra lunar landscape (tip: stay here during a new moon for stargazing.) We visited Noah Purifoy's art site, and Pappy and Harriet's which were both great. We also enjoyed the perfectly angled (i.e. protected) porch on a pretty windy afternoon - reading my novel in the hammock all afternoon was one of my favorite things about our weekend.

    Jay was a patient and informative host, and we were glad they weren't too far away in case anything came up - but we didn't need a thing so it was all good. All in all, waaay better than a hotel/motel as far as quiet and privacy and views - definitely more rustic in certain ways than a typical hotel (outdoor shower and toilet are functionally utilitarian) but then, we usually camp in the desert, off the beaten path, so it was more like super-deluxe camping for us. Thanks Jay and Stephanie for a great weekend!

    March 2014
  • A wonderful experience! Jay and Stephanie were so helpful in finding their remote and gorgeous spot. Once there, Jay explained the amazing ways they work with their community to live in this incredible place... Unbelievable. And the stars do indeed shine at night. Highly recommended.

    March 2014
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We are creative types who left Los Angeles in 2010 seeking a richer, more serene lifestyle inside nature. Stephanie is an architect, Jay is founder/editor of Arthur Magazine. We live in Joshua Tree full-time and rent out our two nearby homesteader cabins. We're active in the local community and we also maintain ties to friends and colleagues in LA and beyond. We're excited to meet you and we offer you a warm welcome.
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