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."
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.
We stayed at the Sonora Homesteader cabin for two days on the heels of a trip to Whistler to get engaged. Our time at the cabin was a much needed and refreshing counter to a few days of west coast skiing. The cabin was clean and very cute, and it was really stunning to be there at night. We spent the day hiking and Joshua tree, which is nearby.
I love how the cabin is just far enough from downtown Joshua tree to be remote yet still accessible. If you're looking to unwind in the desert for a few days, this is your spot.
Jay and Stephanie were great, communicative hosts. I hope we have the opportunity to stay at one of their cabins again soon.
Loved it. A little rustic, and a lot of quiet. Just what I was looking for to get away. Did a lot of sitting on the porch, and some stargazing at night.
This beautiful cabin has everything you need and nothing you don't. It was quiet and peaceful - quite perfect for a weekend away from LA. Great sunsets and stars! Thanks for a great weekend!
If you love quiet and being close to nature, this is the place for you! We loved this cabin, lots of light and very cozy. It's far enough from town for solitude, but close enough to go in for a meal if you like. Dove song, quail, coyotes, moon and stars, what could be better? Jay met us and explained everything about the cabin and was available if we needed anything.
Our stay at this amazing homestead was peaceful, refreshing, and the perfect escape from urban living. The property is rustic yet has the amenities needed to still live in comfort. The finishes and décor are very tasteful and fit the open desert landscape well. We loved the wide open view and stunning silence of this desert location. Jay was the perfect host and gave us a thorough rundown of the property when we arrived. Tip - the last portion of the road to the house is not paved and can be rough, so plan accordingly. It wasn't a big deal for us - but in hindsight we should have brought our other car. Simply put, this is one of the best weekend getaways we have had and this perfect homestead played a big part in that. We'll be back!
A charming cabin in impressive surroundings. Clean and fully-equipped kitchen for cooking. Binoculars, playing cards, chess board and magazines are a good addition. Wifi provided. Speedy correspondence during stay.
We had such a fantastic desert experience ! Jay is a very warm host and showed us every detail of the house. He also gave us all the tips of what we can do around here...We were very lucky to have 3 different kinds of weather during our 2 days here ,from the rarely seen rain to the fog and the sunshine ... The 2nd morning , we were woken up by the amazing sunrise , the whole room turned into rosy ... It was an unforgettable scene ...later , we made our own breakfast and just rested on the porch and enjoyed the serenity brought by the nature and listened to the sound of the desert . You have to come here to experience by yourself ... Thanks again Jay and Stephanie for making our stay an experience !
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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.