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 all holiday weekends, and weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun) during high seasons (Sept 1-Dec 15 and Mar 1-June 15). 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."
We had a great time! The Homesteader Cabin is just as described. Not as remote as it may appear but that did not take away from the experience. Very close to Joshua Tree National Park and the grocery store if you need supplies.
We had such a wonderful stay here. It was so peaceful and a great location for many desert hikes. We really hope to make it back!
My boyfriend and I took a trip here to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Unfortunately, we had terrible weather during our stay and didn't get to really enjoy the cabin to the fullest. We were happy to be able to cook in the little kitchen and enjoy the views from the deck. Keep in mind, there are neighbors not too far from the house so it isn't quite as private as we had anticipated, but they weren't intrusive at all and we had no issues. When we got caught in the big storm that rolled through, we were happy to find a deck of cards there to play with. If you anticipate spending much time in the cabin, bring some games or books to read! They have stocked it with magazines, but by the end of a full day in the cabin we were getting a bit stir crazy. Overall, we had a good experience with just less than perfect weather. Thanks for everything, Jay and Stephanie!
Awesome cabin, even better location and super quiet surroundings. If you need a day to hear your thoughts, this is the place to do so.
Perfect. Private and quiet. We could only stay for one night but it felt like a week of vacation. We will DEFINITELY be back.
Jay and Stephanie's homesteader cabin was amazing, quiet, and dreamy. I especially cherished my morning meditation and sunrise yoga time on the porch basked in the gentle glow of the ever expansive and majestic Mojave Desert! I highly recommend visiting this wonderful space. Jay was very accommodating, available and helpful.
Katie and I had a great time at the Sonora Cabin. The location feels very remote but is only a short (if a bit bumpy) drive from the main highway. Very quiet and relaxing.
We had a wonderful, peaceful stay at the cabin—drinking coffee on the front porch, watching the sun rise; drinking beer on the front porch, watching the moonrise. Checking in and out with Jay was incredibly easy and convenient, and the space is so simple and beautiful.
Place was fantastic. Jay was a great host and made sure we had everything we needed. This was the perfect place to stay in the desert. Look forward to returning!
My boyfriend and I decided to do a one night escape when we were recently down in the Joshua Tree area. Jay's cabin is perfectly situated, far enough from everything that it's dead quiet, remote, and peaceful, yet close enough to Joshua Tree National Park that still allowed us to do a few hikes easily.
The cabin is very well taken care of, and it's definitely the sort of place you want to go to precisely to get away. We did a great bonfire outside at night, and the desert sky is definitely something to be cherished over there.
Steph/Jay built this incredible private outdoor shower/bathroom cabin too (and yes, there's warm water), and all compostable, so you can literally shower under the moonlight if you want to.
Loved it. Would stay here again for sure in the future.