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Modern Cabin, private trails into National Park, 100% solar, luxe amenities

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Peaceful, natural setting, 1 BA, 1BD on Park Border. Remote, yet easy access.

Set within hundreds of acres of natural desert landscape, Think Tank is located along the Joshua Tree National Park boundary near the West Park entrance. The gated and unobtrusively fenced property is one of the few truly secluded vacation rental homes in Joshua Tree, and sits within an active wildlife corridor, with private trailheads right into the park. There's both a drum bbq and a weber kettle just off the kitchen next to a huge concrete slab outdoor table overlooking the large stone fire pit. A wood-fired hot tub provides the zen of outdoor soaking. Inside, polished concrete floors support luxe amenities such as on-demand hot water, a seamless glass shower, Jenn Air gas cooktop, fridge, dishwasher, cable tv, and wifi, which all run off of a state-of-the- art 100% solar system. Evaporative air conditioning and a propane fireplace effectively heat and cool the home, which has a queen bed with an optional memory foam topper for firmness adjustments. Chef-grade cookware, blender, coffeemaker, toaster, basic spices, oils and vinegars, coffee, teas, reading materials, and movies provided. But for all of its dark night skies and feeling of remoteness (the nearest structure is almost a quarter of a mile away), Think Tank is only about six minutes from downtown Joshua Tree, and in the secure Monument Manor area.

As a place to intimately experience the peacefulness of the Mojave desert, the property is a transformative spot for one person seeking solitude or for a couple's getaway. Over half of our guests pay us the ultimate compliment of returning yearly. However, Think Tank not suited for more than two adults or events. Out of consideration to our resident wildlife of rabbits, raptors, quail, tortoise, lizards, coyote and bobcat, we can no longer take pets.

We encourage long stays, with weekly rates at 1,275. and the monthly rate at 2,950. (or about 100 dollars per night) for one month and 2,100.00 per month for multiple months. Nightly stays are 235. per night. Please click on the "rates" tab below the photos for accurate pricing, as the VRBO "average pricing" feature in the headline can be misleading! It combines all of the rates from nightly to monthly, and deduce an average. This is not an optional feature, so I apologize for any misdirection that this formatting may have caused.

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 December, 2017

About Miriam

As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found this five acres of Mojave bliss....and have since acquired the adjacent acreage as a conservation buffer. I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree offers. My hope is that the resulting home reflects the unassuming laid-back lifestyle that I value but sometimes find difficult to enjoy in LA, while also reflecting a respect for nature, warmth, a bit of humor, and relaxation with the necessary flourishes (good art, good books, WiFi and tubing under the stars!). It's a place to be a city mouse or a country mouse, as the mood suits!

Miriam purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Miriam chose Joshua Tree

Think Tank is one of those "forever" spots!

What makes this cabin unique

Being in a house on the border of a wilderness area is a powerful reminder of many things. I love this house for helping me to remember how many stars there are in a night dark sky, what the sound of quiet feels like, and how to gauge the passing of hours by the movement of light and color across a rock mountain outside a window.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in the Joshua Tree in the San Bernardino County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing


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(21 traveller reviews)

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Modern Cabin, private trails into National Park, 100% solar, luxe amenities
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Private desert hideaway with wildlife and trails

  • 5 of 5

We stayed the month of November in Think Tank. The house is an amazing piece of intelligent and beautiful design: solar energy, modern and casual colorful decor including a cook’s kitchen with high-end cookware and gas stove. The property abuts the Mojave Desert Land Trust and then JTNP. There is abundant hiking and wildlife right out the cabin door. We saw coyotes, rabbits, jackrabbits, quail, roadrunners and a great horned owl pass through the property. Secluded yet convenient location: west entrance to JTNP, town of JT Hwy 62: farmer’s market, JTNP Visitor’s Center, and landmark JT Saloon. The owner is wonderful to work with. I have stayed in several great rentals in JT and 29 Palms - this one ranks the highest.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nature Lover's Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the "Think Tank" in Joshua Tree was truly unforgettable. There is really no better location for enjoying the National Park. If you're into hiking you will be in heaven whether you stay local or choose to explore the greater Southern California area. We really enjoyed the trails right from the property into the park. The sunsets were spectacular. The property itself was well equipped with all the necessaries as well as creature comforts. We so appreciated the artistic soul of the landscaping and furnishings. A funny little roadrunner visited us and we enjoyed all the birds and rabbits that frequent the property. 2 weeks here, the equivalent of 6 months of therapy (and cheaper). Our host was always available, discreet but with regular check-ins we really appreciated. We hope to be back.

Lisa and Georgia (Cleveland, OH)

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as described ... just wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

I've returned to my jobs and responsibilities - but my heart remains at Think Tank. The summer heat did nothing to diminish this delightful place. We loved watching the wildlife in the early mornings through binoculars from the kitchen window; we hiked, we grilled a couple of dinners, we enjoyed the setting sun from the hot tub (without the hot!) and we used some of Miriam's recommendations of places to visit in town (boy, you were right about that home made pie, Miriam!) Believe all that you read here about the place and about Miriam's hospitality and thoughtfulness. Thank you so very much.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond spectacular! Elegant, comfortable home with gracious, caring host...

  • 5 of 5

Miriam's property is so stunningly beautiful that it's almost hard to believe it's real. You are on the edge of national wilderness (you can walk off the property right into JT National Park) and yet afforded all the creature comforts of her modern, off-the-grid home. Even her information folder, usually not the most exciting aspect of vacation rentals, was written in such an articulate, interesting and informative way that I read the whole thing to glean very useful information about the property itself as well as the surrounding area. I found Miriam's descriptions of the JT hikes, for example, to be spot-on. Most importantly, you will rarely find a host as caring and responsive to all your questions and concerns. She went WAY out of her way to address all the questions which I had about the property and Joshua Tree in general. I have stayed at many VRBO/Airbnb rentals, this one definitely stands out as exceptional.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Best place, best management!

  • 5 of 5

Location: Picturesque, private, excellent access to trails

House: Cozy one-bedroom. Very clean. Modern appliances. Well designed. Good heating (through propane fireplace) and AC. Romantic spot.

Property:. Best designed property we've seen, thus far, and we've been coming twice yearly for over five years. Artistic metal sculptures, stone furniture, stone pond, and stone firepit. Private paths. Several distinct [what I would call] "zones" for sitting and looking out at the view and stars, each with it's own personality. Every need considered and prepared for by the owner/manager, e.g. matches, kindling, firewood, charcoal, just where each would be expected for maximum efficiency (and that means that the owner provides multiple sets for multiple locations around the property).

Outdoors: Virtually private paths through glorious rock formations. We never came across another soul on our hikes. 270 degrees of different views feom the house that are nothing less than glorious.

Owner:. Kind, helpful, professional, efficient. Laissez-faire management style. Miriam never required us to speak with her by phone or meet with her in-person, although we very much understood she was always just a phone call away, if we ever needed her. In other words , she is genuinely thoughtful/supportive, but very respectful of guests' desire for privacy. We found that communication after our arrival really was never needed, because everything about the place just made sense, right from the start. Excellent instructions, with a bent towards very welcome minimalism.

Cons: The one con is that the place will likely already be booked the next time we want to rent it, because it is just that great of a place and has just that great of an owner/manager!

Summary: Couldn't be happier with our experience. 100%.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Better than pictured! It was beautiful inside and out. The property is incredible! Soaking in the cowboy hot tub under the stars was fantastic!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Twenty Nine Palms Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Crossroads Cafe

One minute walk into National Park


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in the Joshua Tree, California

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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