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Joshua Tree, Six Minute Drive to the Park, Quiet Desert Home

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

All you will hear are the birds in this serene desert home and walled garden,--your own oasis. This beautiful owner-built pueblo-style home opens out into beautiful vistas in all directions. Walk to the front porch and enjoy the walled garden full of cactus, desert plants, fruit tree, herbs and (in season) vegetables. Go through the french doors off the bedroom and enjoy the private outdoor shower and bathtub nestled into the side of 'Coyote Hill'.

Just a six-minute drive from the entrance of the Joshua Tree National Park, and ten-minutes from the shops and restaurants of the 'village' of Joshua tree, you will feel like you are just where you want to be. Nestled into the foothills of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, this sparsely populated neighborhood boasts of wonderful walks, hikes and wildlife viewing opportunities, right here.

You will enjoy the fully appointed kitchen, beautifully furnished master bedroom and bath with unique interior stucco walls, and many other handbuilt touches. It is kept sparkling clean by Piper who owned a bed and breakfast in Hawaii for seven years, and currently helps take care of several other vacation rentals in the area.

Keywords: Pueblo-style house nestled within walled garden

More Details

Piper McKern
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 January, 2018

About Piper McKern

I fell in love with the quiet beauty of Joshua Tree while traveling in 2002, and never looked back.

Piper McKern purchased this house in 2004

Why Piper McKern chose Joshua Tree Highlands

I loved this property's location, minutes from the National Park, minutes from the small village, but still far enough out that nature is the dominant force, so quiet, so much wildlife, hiking trails just a few minutes walk from the front door.

What makes this house unique

It's an easy distance from Joshua Tree national Park entrance, minutes from the village and only 20 minutes from a small town, and yet, this neighborhood is serene and quiet, with wildlife everywhere, all year long.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Joshua Tree Highlands in Joshua Tree

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Indoor shower, toilet and sink/vanity with clean towels sets. There is also an OUTDOOR shower and tub supplied with hot water.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size bed in the bedroom. In the livingroom is a hide-a-bed that sleeps two. There are plenty of extra pillows, blankets and clean linens in the bedroom closet to make up the hide-a-bed should you wish it.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • 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
Six minute drive to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance.


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(40 traveller reviews)

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Joshua Tree, Six Minute Drive to the Park, Quiet Desert Home
average rating of 4.875 based on 40 reviews

Wonderful desert hideaway

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage, very clean, with a fun outdoor shower.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: November 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Romantic & Cozy - A True Desert Gem.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I decided to spend some a weekend away together for our anniversary this year, and after reading many wonderful reviews, decided to give this place a try. Words fall short to describe just how magical our short stay was at Piper’s lovely home. Each corner of the house had these beautiful, small touches that you would have to see in person to appreciate.. And the view outside the bedroom was amazing - both in the day and night.

You can’t go wrong booking this beautiful place. I know we definitely want to come back! Until next time..

-The Zimmers

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Retreat in desert

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I was looking for the nice quiet atmosphere for celebrating my birthday, and this beautiful house was the perfect place. We spent at home each decoration shows owner's good sense, and in yard where surrounded by many different plants, and didn't see anybody during stay. I was going to watch movie, but decided to read books, and meditate instead. And enjoyed watching Perseids meteor showers at nights. We had such a remarkable time. Thank you Piper.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adorable house and great location..

  • 5 of 5

Piper was a fantastic host. The house was perfect. The courtyard was filled with hummingbirds and other birds. I saw a couple of lizards and 3 desert bunnies. So cute. The house decor was perfect - i would love a duplicate house to live in- and the outdoor showertbath was unique and refreshing. Could not recommend this place more highly. Beat my expectations.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we hoped for

  • 5 of 5

A welcome note greeted us and we really enjoyed the location in the desert. Beautiful view of the sunrise. Comfortable house. Would stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, CA

Gorgeous Authentic Feeling Private Dessert Oasis with Outdoor Bath n Doves

  • 5 of 5

This was by far the best place I have ever stayed! I had no idea the privacy the dessert out back would afford, I felt like it was my own private wonderland and watched the moon rise every night while soaking in the OUTDOOR BATH TUB. I saw a rabbit in the back.

The inside is very large and comfortable, big couch, table, large fully stocked kitchen. The front yard was adorable and we watched the doves a ton who were watching their eggs, it was very cute.

I really have nothing to complain about. I found the fold out sofa bed to be too uncomfortable so I just slept on the large, comfy couch which was fine.

I thought I had left some herb books and the host texted me back and was very sweet. Cannot recomend this place enough and will be returning for more magical moonlight baths in the dessert.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Palm Springs Air Port
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 62
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Natural Sister's Cafe
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Long Beach, CA
Car: necessary

Six minute drive from the Joshua Tree National Park. Ten minutes to the village shops and restaurants in Joshua Tree.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Single night stays are welcome on the weekends May through September. September through April they are welcome Sunday through Thursday nights. A reservation involving a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or major holiday should have a minimum of two nights. The Bhakti Fest, in early September, Shakti Fest in mid May, and JT music fest in mid-may all have a two night minimum. This is not necessarily written in stone, so always check with Piper if a single night is desired. Taxes and fees and included in the price. No fires of any kind, including candles, incense and cigarettes. No swimming or dipping in the courtyard pond. The owner is not liable for injuries or damages incurred by guests. Pets are welcome, but there safety and behavior is solely the responsibility of the pet owner/guest. Have a great stay and thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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