Joshua Tree Desert Etiquette

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Bonita Domes is a private home studio and retreat. Ideal for those who want to integrate themselves with nature for a rustic yet luxurious camp~like experience. Expansive views & open skies day and night. Star gazing is a must!

Note: 7% Transtient Occupancy Tax is included in the nightly rate. San Bernardino County #2647

The space

A private setting with 2 Sleep Pod Earth Dome structures within the Bonita Domes Village. Sleep Pods are 8 foot in diameter with storage or childs sleeping cave.

Each Sleep Pod reservation is for single or double occupancy or families of up to 4 with small children. $20/night extra per child.

Sleep Pods include a full size mattress and bedding a solar powered ceiling light. Towels for the shower house are provided. In winter months tea light heaters keep the sleep pods cozy, comfy at night.

Wifi signal is accessible in the outdoor kitchen and kiva firepit areas. Due to the 18" thick walls of the sleep pods, wifi signal may not always be accessible inside the sleep pods.

Guest access

Communal areas include shower house, outhouse w/flushing toilet and sink, Kiva firepit. Outdoor shaded kitchen is equipped with cook top, cooking gear, dishware, utensils, mini ice box refrigerator and skewers for marshmallow roasting. Block Ice provided but you may want to bring your own. Pottable drinking water is onsite. Bring your own bottle to refill.

Interaction with guests

The Dome Home on site, is Lisa's private residence and is readily available for check-in and questions while maintaining the privacy of their guests.

Other things to note

Bonita Domes are sturctures built using Earthbag Technology. The walls are 18" thick (15% cement/85% earth) which provides the thermal mass to keep the buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Principles of dome building=arches, geometry, friction. Elements in building=earth, wind, fire, air. Principles + Elements = Sacred Geometric Earthen Sturctures!!

Come visit our giant sandbox and earthbag sculptures in the desert and experience a sense of comfort, relaxation and rejuvenation. Where the cool winds and starry nights are the best part of the desert magic!!!

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 0.5 (Shared bathroom)
Bed type: Futon
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: $26
Security Deposit: $100
Weekly Discount: 27%
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM

Walk on beaten paths and roads only. Do not enter adjacent parcels. Parcels are private property and entering them is considered trespassing.

Please be mindful/heartfull of our quiet rural neighborhood. Outdoor quiet hours are 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

Campfires are only allowed in enclosed fire pit and on non-windy nights. Do not use lighter fluid.

No photos of Main Residence.

Photos of Bonita Domes Sleep Pods are private domain. Be mindful of posting on social media.

No photography, film or video for commercial, professional or student use is permitted on the premises without prior written consent and contract from the owner. Any violation of these rules may be subject to additional fees and/or legal action.

Use compost for food waste and appropriate labeled trash and recycling receptacles.

No third party bookings allowed unless otherwise agreed upon in written form.

Only the number of guests indicated on the reservation are allowed unless otherwise agreed upon in written form.

No pets, parties or events.

No smoking indoors. Place cigarette butts in provided can outside.

No fireworks of any kind.

No firearms on property unless kept locked in vehicle. It is illegal to discharge firearms on the property or in BLM land near the house.

No off-road vehicles operated on the property. Off-road vehicles are not legal to operate on neighborhood dirt roads outside of designated OHV areas.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

415 Reviews

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Renee User Profile
May 2017
Thanks for hosting us during our first visit to Joshua Tree. The domes are such amazing pieces of art. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you. This is a great alternative to camping. The outdoor stove was cool and made it easy to stir up a quick meal. We hope to visit again soon!
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
Yay!! So happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves!
May 2017

Andrea User Profile
May 2017
A vey quiet and unique place. You can hike from that place into the Joshua Tree Park.
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
It was a pleasure to host you!
May 2017

Sonia User Profile
May 2017
Wonderful place to stay and experience the desert.
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
Good to hear your experience was wonderful!
May 2017

Lyndsey User Profile
May 2017
This place is beautiful, impressive and unique! The environmental Lisa has built is amazing! The pods are comfortable and stayed cool during a very warm evening! It was lovely to be in a peaceful setting, sitting by a fire and star gazing! The spot is close to Joshua tree national park and great places to eat in Joshua Tree! I highly recommend the natural sisters cafe- especially if you have a gluten and dairy allergy! Lots of choices available and I was able to eat both dinner and breakfast easily here :)! Unassuming cafe with amazing food!!
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
So happy you enjoyed your visit!! It was a pleasure hosting you!!
May 2017

Kara User Profile
May 2017
Great stay ! Amazing & unique
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
Thanks for staying!!
May 2017

Markus User Profile
April 2017
Lisa's place is magical. We spent three wonderful nights sleeping in her pods, hanging out stargazing around the campfire, cooking in the outdoor kitchen, and relaxing in her bathroom pod... Her place is perfect for exploring the Joshua tree National park and only 15 min from Indian cove for some bouldering. We loved it!
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
Thanks for your feed back, Markus! Love to hear from longer staying guests!! ps....Shower instructions will be posted in the case that I am away again.
April 2017

Brenda User Profile
April 2017
Bonita Domes is unique and very peaceful. The shower pod was fabulous, and a nice way to end a hike in the very-nearby Joshua Tree hills. The grounds are clean and inviting, and very scenic.
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
Glad to hear your stay was enjoyable!
April 2017

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Joshua Tree, California, United States · Joined in May 2012
Lisa User Profile

Practical. Creative. Earthy.
I've been a Drum Medicine Woman for 17 years and came to Joshua Tree to build my Earth Dome Home. Living out my life's work as an artist of shamanic healing arts and sacred architecture. I have a passion for inspiring my clients in finding their own medicine of empowerment.

The Sleep Pod listings that I offer to Airbnb guests were initially built as research and development and practice run for the dome home. Later, I was inspired to rent the pods to visitors coming to Joshua Tree and offer guests a space to unplug, immerse in nature and soak in the beauty of desert!

I am a resident caretaker and I don't have a staff except for the occasional work for trade or hire. I offer consultations on Earthbag Building and applicable Building Codes for the San Bernardino area.

Whether I'm traveling or folks are visiting, I love meeting and greeting new and old connections!!!!

"Curing the heart with Gratitude, lets Magic set the stage for our dance in freedom with prosperous and abundant possibilities."~ Lisa Starr

Search Lisa Starr or Drum Making Journeys for more info on Drum Medicine. Search Bonita Domes for more info on my private home studio and retreat.

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