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Desert Wonderland: A Quiet Escape Minutes From Joshua Tree National Park

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

One Bedroom, One Bath With Wide-Open Views of Desert. Minutes from Joshua Tree.

Gorgeous, wide-open views from this unique house in Wonder Valley. The best of both worlds: In the middle of nowhere, but only 15 minutes to Joshua Tree National Park and Twentynine Palms. Indoors, you'll delight in the beautiful, colorful tile work by local artist Perry Hoffman, along with wide windows that invite the desert inside. Shaded front porch.

State-of-the-art AC/heating unit. Wood-burning furnace . WiFi included.

Lovely, peaceful walks from the house. Starry nights are stunning. On moonlit nights, you can practically read outside. Bird lizards, rabbits, coyotes, cloudbursts, wind, quiet.

We love this house. We love the desert. We are happy to open it to like-minded guests who will respect the space and the landscape, who long for some peace and quiet. If that's you, you are most welcome! If you want a place to party, please look elsewhere.

We have a two-guest limit, with some exceptions.

Please note that while there's running hot water for shower and kitchen, you will need to bring your own drinking water. If you want a fire, please bring your own wood.

very important that all doors and windows are securely closed before you leave. During your stay, feel free to open screened doors and windows, but make sure those are shut tightly when you check out. Wind and desert life love to enter the place and explore!

No smoking indoors. If you smoke outdoors, please throw out all butts.

Mellow dogs okay (with extra fee) but please clean up after your dog and absolutely no dogs on furniture or bed. Please note that there's no fence around property.

More Details

Gabriel Arquilevich
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 March, 2018

About Gabriel Arquilevich

We live in Ojai, CA, enjoying an empty nest! Gabriel teaches writing and literature at Ventura College. Jaymie is a textile artist whose work is largely inspired by the desert.

Gabriel Arquilevich purchased this house in 2012

Why Gabriel Arquilevich chose Wonder Valley

I have always loved the desert, and always dreamed of a little place surrounded by silence and sand. I rented this house four years ago and kept coming back until it became clear that it's time. My wife came to love the place as well, and so it's our 'baby'.

What makes this house unique

The feel of the open skies, the beauty and play of the interior of the house, the proximity to Joshua Tree--all this and more drew us here. We love that there's no fence--just the open desert.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Wonder Valley in San Bernardino County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • No fire outside if it's windy! Please no food in kitchen drain. It clogs pipes. Only TP in bathroom
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Incredible custom tile shower room with desert views. Brand new door for added privacy. Tile work by local artist Perry Hoffman.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen bed with armoire and dresser.
  • Books
  • Terrace
  • limited accessibility
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • 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 climbing


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Desert Wonderland: A Quiet Escape Minutes From Joshua Tree National Park
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Great place.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed my stay at Desert Wonderland. The location feels like your far from civilization (mountains everywhere you look) but your only fifteen minutes from the Joshua Tree entrance. The best part of my stay was the backyard, the sunsets were stunning. The interior is full of nice details and includes one of the coolest showers ever. The hosts were helpful and easy to get in touch with. Nice relaxing vacation spot that I definitely recommend .

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect desert getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Desert Wonderland is the perfect place for people who want to unplug, experience each sunrise/sunset, and stargaze at night. The house is far enough from the nearby homes to feel alone (but not too lonely), and you feel as though you are in the middle of the desert even though you are a 20 min drive from downtown. The hosts could not have been more accommodating, they have really created something special here. Make sure to check out JT Saloon and 29 Palms Inn...and set your alarm for each sunrise!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Escape in Wonder Valley

  • 4 of 5

Excellent getaway in Wonder Valley. This is a place to get away from pretty much everything. It’s remote and beautiful. If the desert is your thing, then go for it. House has the basics, plus very cool artsy flavor. Close to Joshua Tree. Great place!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great get away for the couple that wants some peace and quiet :)

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted to go somewhere that was in the "middle of nowhere" type of feel. I came across this on VRBO and fell in love with the authenticity of the place.

The host of this house was the best. Quickly returned my messages and did everything in his power to make our stay the best. The place itself is great. Super comfy bed in the bedroom and a space heater that made it so lovely. There is no TV which is perfect because I wanted to unplug at this place. There is a fireplace inside which we used and was great! They did have a firepit outside but did not have the chance to use it because we loved using indoor fireplace :) We were able to cook lovely meals in their kitchen. They have the basics in the kitchen so if you like to do gourmet meals like my hubby I suggest bringing in your own spices :)

Overall I would def. recommend this place for couples who are looking for some R&R :)

  • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property and house. Great place to unwind and get away, yet still close to hiking and shops. Hosts were great too, highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

This was just what we were looking for- a quiet getaway in a small house surrounded by beautiful desert landscape. Very convenient for visiting Joshua Tree National Park. The house was very unique and well taken care of.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Check out the Glass Outhouse Gallery! Five minute drive. Amboy Crater is 35 minutes away--wonderful drive and incredible, surreal hike to top of crater. A simple walk up the road across Godwin and you have lovely 360 degree views.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Wonder Valley, USA

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £35.87
Pet Fee £7.17
Refundable Damage Deposit £143.48

We ask that guests sign a waiver of liability. Upon confirmation of reservation we'll email to you. You can sign and scan back to mail back before your visit.

50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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