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15 Best Airbnbs In and Around Joshua Tree, California

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.

Cactus Jax Cabin - Joshua Tree Cactus Jax Cottage – Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Cactus Jax Cabin - Joshua Tree

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.

Wonderlust Airstream - Joshua Tree Wonderlust Airstream
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Wonderlust Airstream - Joshua Tree

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.

Heaven's Door - Pioneertown Heaven's Door Pioneer Town
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Heaven's Door - Pioneertown

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.

The Outlaw - Pioneertown Saloon at The Outlaw: Pioneertown
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The Outlaw - Pioneertown

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.

Dome in the Desert - Joshua Tree Cute and cozy for your desert adventure
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Dome in the Desert - Joshua Tree

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.

Shadowlands Desert Sanctuary on 5 Acres with a Hot Tub Shadowlands Designer Sanctuary
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Shadowlands Desert Sanctuary on 5 Acres with a Hot Tub

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.

Hi-Desert Fade, New Home Surrounded by Boulders w/ Hot Tub - Pioneertown Hi-Desert Fade Surrounded by Boulders w/ Hot Tub near Pioneertown
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Hi-Desert Fade, New Home Surrounded by Boulders w/ Hot Tub - Pioneertown

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 Rum Runner, a Modern Homestead Cabin - Yucca Valley The Rum Runner
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The Rum Runner, a Modern Homestead Cabin - Yucca Valley

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.

The Cozy Tree Desert Boho Chic - Joshua Tree The Cozy Tree Desert Boho Chic
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The Cozy Tree Desert Boho Chic - Joshua Tree

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.

House near Joshua Tree National Park/Pioneertown - Yucca Valley House near Joshua Tree National Park/Pioneertown - Yucca Valley, California
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House near Joshua Tree National Park/Pioneertown - Yucca Valley

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.

Queen of the Desert Eclectic Home, Secluded Pool Queen of the Desert Eclectic Home, Joshua Tree
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Queen of the Desert Eclectic Home, Secluded Pool

The photos don’t do this eclectic home justice. It offers a peaceful oasis in the desert with the highlight a sparkling pool where you can enjoy refreshing dips by day and float beneath a brilliant starry sky after dark. It sits in a fully fenced backyard (dogs allowed) and you’ll have a grill for cookouts and loungers to relax on as well. The house has a wonderful homey feel with interesting art and decor, a kitchen with everything you need to make your own meals, a spacious bedroom with a big comfy bed, loads of books to browse, CDs for setting the mood, and a 41″ HDTV with a DVD player, premium cable channels, HBO Max, Netflix and Roku. It all comes with an outstanding host, friendly and available for anything you might need.

The Joshua Tree Pueblo - Hot Tub, Fire Pit, Stock Pool The Joshua Tree Pueblo - Hot Tub/Firepit/Pool
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The Joshua Tree Pueblo - Hot Tub, Fire Pit, Stock Pool

Set on 2.5 acres adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park and BLM land, the Joshua Tree Pueblo is practically a mini-resort. The outdoor living space includes a large and luxurious hot tub, a cowboy pool, an outdoor shower, hammocks, a BBQ grill, a propane firepit, and a horseshoe court. There’s even a free high-speed EV charger. The interior is stylish, with minimalist furniture and vintage photos of Joshua Tree while including all the essentials and then some. There’s a fully equipped kitchen with all the tools you need to mix cocktails, bake or cook along with a big-screen Hi-Def TV with Roku and a Bluetooth sound system for enjoying your favorite tunes.

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BluHouse Joshua Tree

Ideally located just two minutes from the center of Joshua Tree, the BluHouse offers an inviting outdoor space that includes a fabulous patio area for relaxing along with a year-round hot tub and a seasonal cowboy pool. Inspired by bohemian desert living, it includes the owner’s personal art and items from across the globe along with all the necessities. The large kitchen is chef-worthy and you’ll have a BBQ grill too along with a 55″ TV with Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime.

Joshua Tree 1954 Homestead Cabin Joshua Tree 1954 Homestead Cabin
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Joshua Tree 1954 Homestead Cabin

This remote homestead cabin sits in the middle of a five-acre property, an ideal place to escape from the city and enjoy peace and quiet, yet the village of Joshua Tree is less than a 10-minute drive away and just 15 to the national park’s western entrance. Look forward to gazing out at the wide-open, private expanses of the desert and dazzling night skies while soaking in the hot tub, napping in a hammock after hiking the trails, cookouts on the Weber grill and alfresco dining. You’ll have plenty of places to relax inside too, including a comfy mid-century Heron rocking chair. On a warm evening, there’s an air mattress that can be taken outside for sleeping under the stars.

MOON Hangar - Spa, Fire Pit, Loft, Minutes to Joshua Tree National Park MOON Hangar, spa, firepit, loft, mins to JT NP
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MOON Hangar - Spa, Fire Pit, Loft, Minutes to Joshua Tree National Park

If you’re looking for something unique and luxurious, the Desert Moon is a unique Moon-themed Hangar with 20′ ceilings and 15′ windows that bring in the beauty of the desert and the night sky. It includes a fenced backyard with a hot tub, games like cornhole, a propane fire pit, a BBQ and an outdoor table for alfresco dining. There’s also a custom-made loft net, similar to outdoor hammocks, holding up to two adults for memorable stargazing. It’s a joy to make meals in the well-stocked kitchen and in the living area, you’ll have a 70″ Smart TV with Roku, an electric fireplace and a digital Star Wars pinball machine.

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