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Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
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Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Joshua Tree - NINJA RANCH

2.5 acre, 3BR 2 Bath, 3 Person FAR Infrared Sauna Modern Design meets Homest

ENTER THE NINJA RANCH, and leave having vested, tested and rested your inner Ninja! The ranch is nestled on 2.5 acres and located in the town of Joshua Tree, gateway to the awe inspiring national park in the magical Mojave. The Ninja Ranch is located just 1/4 mile off Highway 62, within 300 yards off the park boundary, 1 mile from the Indian Cove Park Entrance and directly between the Park's West and East entrances, allowing you to easily access every aspect it has to offer during your stay!

A comfortable and well appointed ranch where modern design meets homesteader tradition, the Ninja Ranch will grow over the years with new amenities and a vision for a community of ninjas who return to further their training year after year and season after season! January 2015 NEW 3 person FAR Infrared Sauna added! After a day of hiking or climbing, take an infrared sauna to improve circulation, skin, digestion, and overall health on top of treating sore muscles - the only FAR Infrared Sauna in the high desert! Plus rarely found desert rental property amenities of garbage disposal and dishwasher (family friendly).

The Ranch is adjacent to park boundary with incredible panoramic views 15 minutes walk from the door that are kid friendly (4yrs +). Secluded, tranquil, pristine and quiet with few neighbors, yet an easy 1/4 mile road to Highway 62 and nearby restaurants, yoga studios, shops after a day in the park. Bouldering, running, biking, hiking, gentle walks and wildlife (coyotes, quail, roadrunner, tortoise) can be found right outside the ranch gates. The south facing yard is made for relaxing. Extraordinary sweeping 360 degree views greet you from every side with stunning sunsets and night skies with star showers daily. We do not allow pets to ensure guests with allergies, particularly children, have a healthy space to stay and play.

The immediate property is fully gated, with a large gas grill, picnic table, hammocks, teak lounge chairs and a fire pit. Inside find a fully equipped chef quality kitchen and dishwasher, fire place, gas heat, swamp cooler and ceiling fan, linens, 42' HDTV and DVD/CD player, ninja games and a small library await.

The ranch sleeps a maximum of 6 and is perfect for a 3 couple getaway, girls weekend, or up to two small families. No exceptions to party size due to onsite water supply. There are three bedrooms in the home, each with a queen bed. One opens to the south view, the other two to the north (one with direct access to the second bathroom, and one with a giant skylight over the bed for star shows nightly). Vaulted ceilings in the great room and a large sectional sofa provides alternate sleeping opportunities. Dining table for 6, and adjacent sitting area for 3 by the fire. The rental provides access to the first floor of the property in an open floor plan in the main living area.

We have only one neighbor who values the seclusion of the Magical Mojave as much as we do. Therefore large groups and parties are not a match for the Ninja Ranch. If that happens to be what you are looking for we want to welcome you to join us at the Joshua Tree Music Festival (joshuatreemusicfestival.com) twice a year which is an amazing place for all of the above.

All photos are from January 2015. Property is leased via a signed rental agreement. Payment is easily handled via the online payment system. I make a personal contact with each person I rent to and do my best to ensure your stay is pure mojave ninja magic. Ninja Ranch is a super special place that loves super people.


Please join us for the Joshua Tree Music Festivals, May & October of 2014. More info at joshuatreemusicfestival.com

Keywords: Ninja, Ranch, Home, 3 BR, Borders National Park

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish

About Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien

Ninja, lover of the magical mojave, public lands planner nationally and internationally, operative reporting to organizer and instigator of the Joshua Tree Music Festival (may 17-19, 2013) and Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival (oct 11-13, 2013). http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com/

Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien purchased this house in 2011

Why Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien chose Joshua Tree

The small town of Joshua Tree has a radically high ratio of lovely, creative folks. The wide open surroundings are inspiring. I had been looking for a place with some space, adjacent to the park. I fell in love with the ranch in a ninja minute.

What makes this house unique

You can become a certified Ninja!

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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based on 15 holidaymaker reviews

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average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews
Los Angeles, CA USA

Ninja Ranch Rules! Fun for the whole family.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (kids are 7 and 4) stayed at the Ninja Ranch for a long weekend to get away from the city, and to explore the desert and Joshua Tree National Park. We had the best time! The house is welcoming and well-appointed. Upon entering, you feel right at home. The rooms and beds are very comfortable. The kitchen is well-equipped. We cooked some meals and went in to town to dine out. The house is in a perfect location--neighbors aren't too close and town is near enough to grab a quick bite to eat and to shop. We even walked into the foothills right from the house and had spectacular views of the valley. I would highly recommend to all whether a family looking for some fun or a couple on a weekend getaway!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our goal is to create the perfect container for the larger experience of the Mojave and Colorado deserts and Joshua tree national park. Our hope is that through the experience of interior to exterior, landscape into park boundary that people feel more connected to each other and the land when it comes time to go home. Our hope is that it leaves an indelible mark and maybe even new values. That's the magic of Ninja Ranch.
Asheville, NC, USA

Perfect Thanksgiving

  • of 5

This was our second visit at Ninja Ranch and we are seriously considering makin it an annual event.

The house is not large which is a bonus for keeping it tidy and clean. Fenced yard was good for dogs. Proximity to the park was great to all who wanted go boulder hopping. So our party of 3 adults and 3 boys ages 9 - 14 could split in groups and everybody got to do something they liked.

Kitchen is supplied with everything a serious cook may desire and we had a great Thanksgiving dinner. Rooms are comfortable, furnished with simple elegance.

Chaz is very responsive and keeps in touch.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! The ranch with 1250 sf is just enough room for a group of six with ample seating for eating as well as relaxing and an open floor plan. We appreciate the opportunity for folks to come back and see the improvements year after year as we add touches:) Thanks again!

you need to go here

  • 5 of 5

During the spring I went to the Ninja Ranch for a weekend escape with my girlfriends.

We fell so in love with the house that we never left until check out. My favorite part of the home is the room with the small door (gotta see it to believe it) that has a skylight in the ceiling. The property is very quiet and has a lot of privacy. All modern amenities are available for your everyday needs. I cant wait to re-visit. If you need a nice get away where you can be at peace or just don't want to be near any neighbors, I totally recommend. And Chaz is an amazing property owner.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! The house is designed for comfort and quiet. Perfect for a ladies get away or family bonding time. Lots of light, comfy amenities etc. I agree that the Ninja Jungle Room with the miniature door and skylight are pretty fabulous it was a big selling point when I bought the property:) Each year I make incremental new improvements as I can afford them. It is a labor of love for me and my future retirement home. A large covered patio is in the works so stay tuned for new pics when the project ends!
Yorba Linda, CA

Cool Vibe!

  • 4 of 5

Loved the cozy layout and the cool decor! The house befits JT's peaceful and relaxing vibe! The house is well stocked for guests in terms of linens, kitchen items, hair dryer, and basics. I loved the room with the skylight view, and while the unique small door to enter the room was fun at first, I did end up with two good whacks to my head as a result (hence the 4 star rating).

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Los Angeles

A Perfectly Integrated Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our three night stay at Ninja Ranch in January was more than my husband and I anticipated making it a 5 star experience. When you come to a desert place, you want comfort as well as what the desert offers -- silence, huge skies, vistas, sun, shadows and even a few critter reminders. Ninja Ranch is our place from now on. We hiked 2 days in the Joshua Tree National Park returning each night to a consummately appointed kitchen -- sharp knives, solid pots, lots of ice in the refrigerator -- for simple meals that extended into evenings of reading, games, DVDs, star gazing and an excellent bed. We could easily have been a party of 6. A few more days and we would have happily hit the Joshua Tree and community food/art spots using the Ninja's ample information about what's-up. Ninja Ranch generously mitigates the realities of the desert while acknowledging its funk and allure -- a perfectly integrated experience.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ninja Ranch seeks to create a genuine, peaceful, Joshua Tree desert experience with the design quality of a very high end property without the 5 star price point. I believe in making your experience outside the park just as memorable and hopefully life changing as the time spent in it. I chose every detail and décor with thoughtfulness and designed the house myself. It was built by, and bought from 100% local community labor and goods. Its an ongoing labor of love intended for sharing with the humanity open to receive it and the Magical Mojave. My mission is to create a great place for Ninjas to grow and shine - the planet needs more of them:)

Wonderful place to stay next to Joshua Tree!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Ninja Ranch! It was very clean and well decorated, and located close to Joshua Tree National Park. The owner was always very prompt in responding to any questions, and the directions to and instructions for accessing the property were very clear. I would recommend this rental for anyone looking or peaceful retreat near Joshua Tree National Park. The only disappointment we had was the lack of a fire ring outside- there was a fire barrel, but we never used it.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try really hard to make it the best experience possible. We face challenges with at times high winds in the desert. For that reason, and the safety of the surrounding trees and structures we have decided to use a fire barrel. We are exploring possibilities to make some changes that will keep the safety level but allow more interactive fire experience. Hope to see you again for your next ninjadventure! Thanks so much! Chaz


Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 62
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Dowtown Jtree
Car: necessary

The property is located: adjacent to the Joshua Tree National Park Boundary; one mile from Indian Cove and directly between the Joshua Tree and 29 Palms park entrances. One neighbor within 150 acres of the Ranch makes it a secluded and quiet experience, but just 1/4 mile off the main thoroughfare of Hwy 62 (29 Palms Highway) makes it incredibly easy access. Incredible sweeping 360 degree views. We do not allow pets to ensure guests and particularly children with allergies have a healthy spot to stay and play.

Amenities include dishwasher, 800sf patio, fire pit, BBQ, games, guitar, 32' TV and DVD player. Towels and sheets provided for the number of guests booked. The rental access includes 3 queen beds in three bedrooms, ample sitting and eating areas. Two bathrooms, one with extra long clawfoot shower over tub. Beautifully appointed with new fixtures and appliances. The perfect place to unplug for a weekend away from it all, and the perfect location to access all The National Park has to offer.


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From $197 Nightly

Prices for this holiday house in Joshua Tree , California Desert

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Service $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.5%
Notes ALL rentals require:
6 adult party size limit.
Cleaning fees additional $90
Taxes 9.5%
contact owner regarding children. (additional to 6 person party size limit ONLY by written acceptance additional fees apply)
contact owner regarding events, photo shoots or filming (only by special owner permission/fees apply)

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Joshua Tree in California Desert

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , new wall hung toilet dbl sink restored clawfoot tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , new toilet and beautifully restored sink new fixtures
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , grand skylight over bed for night skywatching and ninja door
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , double patio doors to beautiful concrete covered patio
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
Can provide local references for climbing guides, babysitting, private chef massage, yoga and private car service, etc.

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