A magical homesteader cabin embedded in 5 acres of unfenced Joshua Tree desert wilderness, 12 minutes from downtown Joshua Tree. Experience peace, quiet, wildlife and STARS—on the grid but off the pavement.
*** If you would like to use our cabin as a shooting location please get in touch to discuss our rates, otherwise we do not allow commercial or professional shooting of any kind (photo, video, film) during your stay. Thank you in advance! ***
The restored cabin, which has been featured in the New York Times 'T' travel magazine, Wilder Quarterly, The Weekender and the book 'Jackrabbit Homestead,' was constructed in 1955 and still has its original green paint.
Joshua Tree National Park is a 15 minute drive from the cabin. The Integratron and Giant Rock are also 15 minutes away. 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 always swinging Pappy & Harriet's BBQ and music roadhouse in beautiful Pioneertown is a 30-minute drive. The Lou Harrison House, which hosts occasional devotional, folk and avant garde music events in an intimate setting is less than 10 minutes away. We will be happy to give you directions to each of these unique places (and many others) that we frequent ourselves.
The cabin sits on 5 acres, and feels remote, but it's just 12 minutes from downtown Joshua Tree. 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 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. The cabin is equipped with air conditioning.
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 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.
Guests may have freshly prepared organic juices made by local juice cleanse guru Angela de la Agua delivered to the cabin. A menu/pricelist is available upon request.
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 TW0-NIGHT MINIMUM stay. This requirement allows us to keep our rates 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."
Interaction with Guests
Upon your arrival, we will introduce you to how the cabin works, and to the land and its animals. We live up the road and will be available 24/7 during your stay.
CHECK-IN TIME is by appointment only, between 3pm-8pm. We recommend arriving before dark.
CHECK-OUT TIME is noon.
No smoking indoors. Smoking outdoors is permitted away from the cabin only, using an ashtray. We live in the wild and brushfire is a real possibility.
No firearms. We gotta say it.
Absolutely no commercial photography or filming is permitted on site without previous agreement with us.
Please check with us as to where you can roam on foot. The cabin is situated on five acres of near-wilderness, next to many more acres of BLM-owned wilderness, including a wash. We'll be happy to show you where the boundaries are, where the best views are, the best flowers, the tortoise burrows and so on.
Most importantly, do not harm or harass the wildlife or tamper in any way with their respective nests or burrows. We will explain to you what to do if you encounter specific animals (roadrunner, cactus wren, desert tortoise, coyote, snakes, etc) while you are here. We all live here together. It's easy to do.
A peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle this homesteader has a magical charm .. The stillness and cool of the dawn is amazing .. Loved exploring Joshua tree .. Wish we had more time
This little place is a very special and magical spot. The pictures capture it's beauty nicely. Jay was a great host. He was there to orient us to the place, and available for any questions and requests that we had. I would definitely recommend this sweet little spot for anyone wanting some peaceful unwinding and communing with nature.
We had a wonderful few days at the Homesteader. It was exactly how we had imagined it. It was so quiet and peaceful. We definitely hope to be back in the future.
This is a wonderful place to stay. Highly recommended for getting away from it all.
This was our second time at the Homesteader, and again we loved it. Not only the cabin, the desert, the cosiness, but the entire concept of Jay and Stephanie is great. Jay welcomed us at the cabin and showed us around. Everything was exactly as described and just perfect !
There are lots of places to visit, to eat, stores, coffee shops and even an organic store. The only thing we regret is staying only 2 days. We will definitely be back.
Had a wonderful stay, the cabin is quaint, unique and cozy. Would highly recommend staying here and look forward to coming back one day!
This homestead is remarkable. Set on a gentle sloping hill facing sunsets and a big sky of stars. I liked the big open-room format, with huge views out over the desert brush and a Joshua Tree or two on the horizon. Jay was super and communicative in all matters. It's about a 15-minute drive to the Joshua Tree entrance. I'd definitely stay again.
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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.