Desert Trip: 7 Gorgeous Airbnbs to Book in Joshua Tree for Your Next Weekend Getaway
by Taryn Anderson
Just two hours outside of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree feels like it’s a world away.
With it’s stunning, otherworldly landscapes and unbeatable hiking in Joshua Tree National Park, it’s no surprise that Joshua Tree is the playground of choice for everyone from lovers of the outdoors and weekend warriors, to artists and musicians looking for an inspirational escape. With peak season lasting from October to May (temperatures rise into the hundreds in the summertime, deterring most tourists from visiting then), now is the time to plan a weekend away.
Here are 7 Airbnbs to check out when booking your next trip to the dusty and eclectic Mojave Desert.
Designed by Palm Springs based architect Robert Stone in an effort to “engage the cultural context on a conceptual level,” Acido Dorado is a gold-hued desert oasis. With glass walls on three sides that can slide open to bring the outdoors in, this modern home mirrors its desert surroundings. A spectacular mosaic-lined pool and spa lies adjacent to the living room and is surrounded by gold, wrought iron gates adorned with thousands of metal roses. A sunken back patio with a fire pit is the perfect place to wind down and relax while taking in the Mojave Desert.
If you’re not sold by the mountain views from the bathtub at this peaceful hideaway, the desert hot tub–perfect for late night stargazing– ought to do it. You can even embark on a private canyon hike right from Flamingo Rocks’ front door. With no WiFi or cellular service available, Flamingo Rocks is the perfect place to disconnect during your next weekend escape.
The Joshua Tree House
A house so chic, it has it’s own Instagram. Couple Sara and Rich Combs created The Joshua Tree House as “a place to reflect, reset, and create.” This thoughtfully designed 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom hacienda is filled with art, including a gorgeous piece by Oakland based woodworker Aleksandra Zee, items picked up from local artisans, and other treasures collected by the owners during their global travels. Their design and lifestyle book, ‘At Home in Joshua Tree,’ will be released later this fall.
Casa Joshua Tree
Owned and designed by artist Lindsay Hollinger, Casa Joshua Tree is an ode to its desert surroundings. This magical home can host groups of up to 5 and is perfect for anyone looking to recharge their creative energy or as a home-base to explore Joshua Tree National Park. Previously featured in Design*Sponge, Domino, and Apartment Therapy, the beautifully decorated Casa Joshua Tree is full of cacti and greenery and oozes desert vibes. The backyard patio, surrounded by mountain views, is ideal for watching the sunset with a glass of wine and friends.
The Land Yacht
In the mood for a glamping getaway? This converted 31’ Airstream, located right on the border of Joshua Tree National Park, has it’s own private deck and stock tank pool, along with views to die for. The Land Yacht is ideal with an intimate couples retreat in the desert.
Rock Reach House
Rock Reach House was designed with indoor-outdoor living in mind. Situated on over 300 acres of land, this modern steel house has been featured in architecture and design magazines, advertisements, and more. With panoramic views, a cowboy tub for afternoon soaks, and an outdoor jacuzzi perfect for looking up at the stars in the evenings, Rock Reach House has all the ingredients needed for a relaxing weekend away. Rock Reach House will even coordinate daily fresh juice deliveries, in-house massage, and hypnotherapy and mediation sessions with local a spiritual teacher.
The High Desert House
Located atop a hill between Pioneertown and Joshua Tree National Park, the scenic High Desert House offers guests 360-degree desert views, a private 40’ salt water pool, and a jacuzzi spa, among other luxury amenities. The home can comfortably sleep 4 people, while a pool house is available to book for overflow guests.