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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:
22 May, 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 ...
  • Internet
  • 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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Joshua Tree, Six Minute Drive to the Park, Quiet Desert Home
average rating of 4.87234 based on 47 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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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 was only here one night but it was a great memory on our trip.

The house is very rustic. There is a full kitchen and bathroom but overall it still feels more like a cabin than a house. That said, if you are looking for a getaway with great views, this house is excellent and very affordable.

Also, while we never met the owner in person she was very responsive and came across as a good person.

Other than the outside bathtub, the thing that gave this house so much personality was all the owners collections everywhere - bottles, books, records, etc. it was interesting.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy place to decompress

  • 5 of 5

My son and I spent one night at the house after visiting Las Vegas and before heading to the National Park. It is amazingly cozy with a pellet-burning stove (it was cold and windy outside) and many, many blankets and pillows.

We brought groceries and truly appreciated the well-stocked kitchen—every pot/pan you can imagine; nice, solid crockery. There is no microwave, but there is a wonderful toaster and coffee pot with coffee and filters.

I wish we could have sat outside to enjoy the view, but it was so windy in the evening and rainy that morning. However, we totally relaxed on the comfortable furniture and read (there are tons of books in the bedroom).

The location is excellent—very close to the park entrance and to the town of Joshua Tree. We were a bit worried that the neighborhood is all dirt roads (looking around Joshua Tree, it seems most neighborhoods have dirt roads). We had an SUV and had no problem.

I would definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beauty at its finest!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't imagian a better place to spend time at Joahua Tree!! This lovely home surround by the natures beauty!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lexington, Massachusetts

Authentic outpost for Joshua Tree exploring

  • 5 of 5

Piper's place was perfect for exploring Joshua Tree. The house felt like an authentic desert abode. She was very responsive to some heating issues (it was freezing in February) and we figured out how to get the pellet burning stove cranking. Wish we could have enjoyed hanging out in the quirky yard, but as I said, temps were in the 30s.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Temecula, CA

Interesting & Eclectic Property

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to Joshua Tree was complete, with our stay at Piper's house. It was very cozy and spacious. Everything we needed was there, and her eclectic collection of artifacts decorating the house was such a visual treat. Piper was great in communicating all the details. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • 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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