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Joshua Tree has become a popular destination among Southern Californians, situated just two hours east of Los Angeles. The quirky town is fun to visit, especially appealing for artists and budding artists, hikers, climbers, stargazers, and healers. The gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, here you’ll find its namesake Joshua trees and enormous boulders rising hundreds of feet into the nearly always bright blue skies. There are plenty of Airbnbs whether you want to be near the park’s borders, close to town, or in a remote area away from civilization.
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A popular event space as well as a unique eco-friendly place to stay in the desert, the Invisible House is a 22-story skyscraper that was placed on its side. It floats like a mirrored mirage among the boulders and Joshua trees on a 90-acre property that abuts Joshua Tree National Park. Extensive efforts were undertaken to bring its environmental carbon footprint to near zero while being an architectural wonder that immerses guests in nature. It accommodates eight in four bedrooms, with the capacity to entertain as many as 100 guests. The 100-foot indoor pool is a highlight, as is the wall of sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors that opens up to bring the outdoors in.
A truly magical cabin, this rental has even been featured in the New York Times. It sits on five acres of unfenced desert wilderness in Joshua Tree, providing historical character in a peaceful setting with abundant wildlife and incredible stargazing, yet it’s just 12 minutes from the village. Enjoy the best of both worlds with quirky art and organic foods in town while Joshua Tree National Park can be reached within a 15-minute drive too for hiking and climbing. The interior has been renovated to include a well-outfitted kitchen and dining area, and Wi-Fi is available too if you have to get in touch with the “real” world.
A two-bedroom cabin just five minutes from Joshua Tree Village, Cactus Jax is a mid-century home built in 1959 that accommodates up to four guests. Its outdoor living space is especially enchanting, with a fire pit to gather around under those dazzling starry nights, a hammock for napping, and a farm table for alfresco dining. Inside, you’ll have a modern kitchen, Wi-Fi, and a TV for watching for favorite shows and movies on Netflix. A record player, washer/dryer, and a/c are all included too.
An airstream is a classic way to base yourself in Joshua Tree. This one is 27′ long and sits on five areas in a quiet area tucked in the desert. You’ll be close to picturesque hikes while enjoying a long list of amenities. It includes a cowboy tub, ideal for a cool dip after a day out on the trail, and a Jacuzzi for soaking under the stars. There’s an outdoor shower, grill for cookouts, and much more. Inside you’ll have the cooking basics along with a queen bed and a sofa bed, sleeping up to three, a shower, toilet, TV, and Wi-Fi.
Enjoy total Zen at Heaven’s Door while being just two minutes on foot from famous Pappy & Harriet’s, which hosts frequent live music and tasty classic American fare. The rental accommodates up to seven in three bedrooms, two in the main house, plus a stand-alone casita. There are many fabulous features, including some surprising details like the outdoor shower that was made using a shark diving cage, said to have been damaged by an actual shark. You’ll have a hot tub, two cowboy tubs for cooling off from the desert heat, an outdoor dining space, a grill, and a full kitchen too. Upon request, the owner will arrange sound baths, meditation sessions, guided yoga practice, and star tours.
By booking this rental, you’ll be staying in your own kitschy western town. It includes a 3,000-square-foot designer home with two bedrooms in the main house plus two suites with separate, private entrances for a total of four bedrooms and four baths. There’s also a unique refurbished sleeping train car that provides another bedroom and bathroom, accommodating a total of 14 guests. It sits on 17 acres with hiking trails that lead right to a nature preserve while offering sweeping views of undeveloped wilderness. You’ll have a wood deck with a built-in hot tub, a cowboy tub, a fire pit, and even a real saloon for entertaining or relaxing.
This bohemian dome in the desert has been one of the most popular rentals in Joshua Tree for years, featured in many publications, including Condé Nast Traveler. It boasts over 800 reviews and has a nearly 5-star rating while providing easy access to Joshua Tree National Park with its hiking trails and boulders for climbing. Afterward, you can come back and take advantage of one of the country’s top spots for stargazing, thanks to the clear skies and lack of light pollution. The dome has air-conditioning as well as a wood-burning stove and space heaters for those cool winter nights. You’ll have a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, books, and games too.
Conceived by architect Matti Suuronen as an easily transportable prefab ski lodge in the 1960s, the Area 55 Futuro House is one of just 85 true Futuro Houses that remain in the world. It’s the only one in North America available for overnight stays, offering a unique gem that perfectly fits in with the desert setting, accommodating up to four guests. The furnishings were inspired by its UFO-like appearance, making it ideal for anyone interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Of course, the stargazing is pretty incredible too.
While it’s off-grid, there is solar power for small electronic devices, a coffee maker, an outdoor kitchen with a propane grill, a fire pit.
This redesigned homestead cabin sits on five private acres, offering plenty of solitude, epic views, and brilliant night skies, not to mention a long list of fabulous amenities. The outdoor living space includes a hot tub, cowboy tub, hammock, hanging egg chairs, a propane BBQ grill, fire table, and a circular wood fire pit. Pet-friendly, 1.5 acres around the cabin is fenced, ideal for letting Fido roam around. Inside, there are floor-to-ceiling windows for unobstructed views, a gourmet kitchen, and a living room with an HDTV that has Roku, a new Bluetooth sound system with a subwoofer, and an assortment of board games, books, and local guides.
This unique home was designed in a way that makes it seem as if it’s floating above the native landscape, nestled in a canyon at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains. As the Airbnb description notes, it “fuses sleek, modernist architecture with artisan warmth.” Located 10 minutes from Pioneertown, 20 to Yucca Valley, and just a few minutes further to Joshua Tree, it accommodates four in two bedrooms. It has a modern kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, and multiple patios. In the front, enjoy views of the boulders, and in the back is an expansive entertaining area with a large dining table, propane BBQ grill, Pétanque court, and heaters. The side patio hosts a hot tub, cowboy tub, and loungers.
The beautifully designed Rum Runner sits at the end of a private drive, nestled in the desert landscape, just five minutes from town. It accommodates up to four, with the highlight a retractable wall of glass that provides sweeping views of the valley below along with a fabulous indoor/outdoor experience. There’s a six-person hot tub for soaking while gazing up at the Milky Way, multiple cowboy tubs, an outdoor stargazing daybed, several fire pits, and even a Tesla charger. A fully equipped kitchen and BBQ grill are provided too.
Just 10 minutes from Joshua Tree Village, this unique boulder property includes rock formations that date back millions of years, providing a similar setting to what the park offers without the crowds. You’ll have your own private hiking trails that can be accessed right from the cabin’s porch, along with lots of wildlife to watch like roadrunners, quail, cotton tails, jackrabbits, and coyotes. The two-bedroom house has a kitchen with everything you need to make your meals, excellent Wi-Fi, and a TV with Netflix. There’s also a hot tub for relaxing while gazing up at the stars, some of the planets, and the Milky Way.
An eco-friendly two-bedroom home for four, the Cozy Tree offers views of the breathtaking desert sunsets over the Joshua Tree Gateway Nature Preserve and Big Bear Mountain. It’s just five minutes from town and 10 minutes to the entrance of the national park while featuring a wealth of fantastic amenities. Some of the most notable include a private hot tub, tree swing, a vinyl record player, a 50″ Smart TV with Netflix, Disney+, and YouTube TV, a Nintendo NES Classic with 30 built-in games, a guitar, a full kitchen with reverse osmosis filtered water, and a washer/dryer.
Set on 1.5 acres just a 10-minute drive to Joshua Tree National Park, El Agave Ranch offers two bedrooms for up to six guests, providing the ideal spot for fun, relaxation, and adventure. After a day of hiking or bouldering in the park, take a nap in the hammock and then cook up a meal and enjoy it outdoors on the furnished patio. If it’s chilly out, you’ll have a wood-burning fireplace inside to cozy up to, and if you’ve got the energy to burn, you’ll be just 15 minutes from lively nightlife in Pioneertown.