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Knotty Pony Chalet on Park Border, Hot Tub, Sleeps 6, Boulder Scramble or Hike

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Last updated: 10/07/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The Knotty Pony is located directly on the Joshua Tree National Park border. She's an easy 4 miles from the downtown eateries. Hiking explorations of the park start at the end of the driveway, with trails into spectacular, secluded ravines. Other nearby attractions include the 49 Palms Oasis and Indian Cove (a favorite spot for rock climbers).
Built in the seventies and nestled in a grove of mature trees, the Knotty Pony is a big friendly chalet of a house with an open floor plan, original 18' beamed ceilings and tons of warm wood. Our suspicion is that she started life as a back-in-the-day kit house that one might have found plans for in Sunset Magazine. We selected restored vintage modern furniture pieces, craft items, and art to express our appreciation for handmade objects, and left as many of the original rustic features in place as comfort and taste would allow. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms accommodate up to six peeps. The master bedroom/bath suite has a king bed and tons of closet space, plus tub and shower in the bathroom. One of the two upstairs bedrooms has a queen bed, and the other has a daybed (the daybed can also be configured into two twins or one queen). The upstairs bedrooms share a bathroom which also has a tub and shower. There's also a large sofa/daybed in the TV lounge. There's plenty of seating under the porch overhang for gazing down at the long views to the north, or for looking up at the dark night skies, and coal barbecues and a fire barrel for roasting some eats.
Experience pristine hikes and park scenery without ever getting in the car...simply step outside the door and walk the 50 or so paces that will take you onto the critter trails that crisscross the nearby parkland. Inside Knotty Pony, Fujitsu mini-splits quietly and cleanly heat and cool each zone of the house for comfort regardless of season. Basic cable TV and Netflix are provided in the mezzanine hang-out lounge, and the acoustics in this wood house are so perfect that we just had to install a turntable backed up with an eclectic sampling of vinyl. The six person jacuzzi is in the sheltered side yard and is professionally maintained between guests. Books, board games, cookbooks, an assortment of basic spices, and good cookware and appliances (Jen Air oven, a dishwasher, electric 5 burner stove) speak to a range of interests. The 9' dining table is a great place to spread out and work on a project or to enjoy a communal meal.
Because it's such a roomy property, it might be tempting to invite the gang out for a bash. Though we love attending a lively party, please refrain from having one here as we need to keep the property in A+ condition for guests seeking quality space and quiet enjoyment. Likewise, special arrangements are required for filming and photo shoots. So sorry, but we no longer allow pets.
Knotty Pony makes a great weekend retreat, but please inquire about longer stays as we happily slide the scale as the number of nights, weeks, or months increase!


Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Jetted Tub


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  • Taxes Not included


One page rental agreement is sent in advance. Rate for two guests is 275.00/night. Please note that rates decline depending on length of stay, beginning after 4 or more days. Weekly and monthly rates reduce substantially from daily rate. Contact owner for quote. Sorry, no events or groups exceeding 6 guests.

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Last updated: 10/07/2015
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Palm Springs Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Twenty Nine Palms Hwy

Car: Necessary

Knotty Pony Chalet abuts the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park. A secluded, marked trailhead just across the dirt road access takes hikers into spectacular ravines, with easy, scenic hiking options along the way for those inclined toward leisure. Boulder scramble a stone's throw from the front door. Some years we have seen bighorn sheep on the mountain just to the south. The covered porch looks out to long valley views. Downtown Joshua Tree is about 4 miles away.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found my little spot in the Mojave....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, wi-fi and music!).

Why the Owner Chose Joshua Tree:
When I stumbled on The Knotty Pony as a rambling diamond in the rough with her 2000 sq. ft of untouched original woodwork, FABULOUS park-adjacent location with big views and mature trees, there were only two things that I could do…take down the realtor sign and pick up my hammer!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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 the window.

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  • Six person tub, facing rocks!

    Six person tub, facing rocks!

  • From mezzanine

    From mezzanine

  • Looking up

    Looking up

  • Kitchen to laundry

    Kitchen to laundry

  • Master bath tub and shower

    Master bath tub and shower

  • Upstairs bathroom with tub and shower

    Upstairs bathroom with tub and shower

  • Detail, upstairs bedroom

    Detail, upstairs bedroom

  • House at dusk with park behind

    House at dusk with park behind

  • Side yard looking N

    Side yard looking N

  • Driveway looking E

    Driveway looking E

  • 5 min. walk from front door

    5 min. walk from front door

  • A visitor

    A visitor

  • Great room

    Great room

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Kitchen to great room

    Kitchen to great room

  • Master with king bed and sliders to side yard

    Master with king bed and sliders to side yard

  • Upstairs bedroom with queen

    Upstairs bedroom with queen

  • Upstairs bedroom with daybed: converst to two twins or one queen

    Upstairs bedroom with daybed: converst to two twins or one queen

  • Entrance to property

    Entrance to property

  • Side yard looking S

    Side yard looking S

  • Side yard looking S

    Side yard looking S

  • Back porch

    Back porch

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  • Hiking in the rocks 5 min. out the door

    Hiking in the rocks 5 min. out the door

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