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Not far from Joshua Tree National Park (near historic Pioneertown) sits the well appointed 'Gamma Gulch Guest Cabin' nestled deep within your own private valley of Boulders, Joshua Trees and Pinyon Pines bordered by miles of Protected Desert Wilderness with plenty of solitude and unlimited hiking opportunities. Perfect 'home base' for JTNP, Pappy and Harriets, Integratron, Noah Purifoy's outdoor desert museum, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs. Nicely appointed kitchen with spices, coffee and all the basics. Wifi, phone, dish TV and DVD player, and Bose music system with plenty of cd's or can be used with your mp3 player. Coffee maker, microwave, fridge, oven and all utensils. Guest cabin has a 16ft wall of sliding glass doors that look out upon your own private valley of Granite Boulders, Joshua Trees and Pinyon Pines. Weber 'Barbeque for Two' on site. Hot tub to soak in after a long day of hiking and perfect for lounging in to do some star watching. A path leads to a private eight sided meditation/yoga hut nestled in the boulders. Our guests repeatedly return from a day in JTNP and say they don't know why they went to the Park as the scenery at the Guest Cabin rivals the Park (without the tourists and traffic).
we love pets...in fact we have two pound rescues, Rosey and Shanti, and a 3 year old desert tortoise named Kokomo Joe. Our policy is that the guest house remain pet free...including our pets. We feel that we wouldn't want to sleep on beds where numerous animals have slept on...the hair, fleas, unrine odors, etc and that it shouldn't be part of our guests experience either... ...moreless
Towels and soap provided and a well stocked medicine chest with basics... bandaids, sunscreen, moisturizer, aspirin etc. ...moreless
The Guest Cabin is centrally located... Pappy and Harrietts, a very popular Honky Tonk with live music and great food is just a short drive away. Joshua Tree National Park is also a popular destination about a 30 minute drive. Great Antique shops in Old Town Yucca Valley just a short drive away. ...moreless
Books about the desert...info on Joshua Tree Park trails, birds, desert wildlife, western folklore along with the most recent issues of New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harpers and Smithsonian magazines!...moreless
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The setting rivals the boulder outcroppings and land features in Joshua Tree Park, less the tourists and traffic.
Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: My wife, Sachi, and I (Dave) live in the main cabin adjacent to the Guest house. We both love the desert immensely with all it's solitude, wildlife and starry nights. As it turns out this guest cabin changed my life. I met my wife 5 years ago when she was a guest in the Guest Cabin -- she was staying in it to take advantage of the solitude and quiet of the desert while she finished her doctorate thesis in Buddhist studies. Sachi was a Bhuddist monk when she arrived at my guest house... saffron robes, shaved head. She'd been a monk for 21 years having ordained in Burma at the age of 19. Many of our guests find Saccavadi's story a very moving one. Simply google 'saccavadi' where much has been written about this simple monk from Burma. I haven't a clue as to what Sachi saw in me but as karma?? would have it we soon fell in love. Been married almost 4 years now.
Many guests enjoy meeting Sachi and often times will accompany her on her daily hike... this can be a great opportunity to learn about the area as well as a chance to get to know this gentle wise soul from Burma.
That being said, please know it's our policy to greet you when you arrive, help you get settled in, and be available should you need anything... after that it's our policy to leave you alone so that you may connect with what we're sure you'll find an amazing piece of the desert
Why the Owner Chose Joshua Tree: This property is quite unique. The population density of the area is extremely sparse which helps assure a connection with the natural environment right outside your door. The Guest Cabin, along with the main cabin is situated on a piece of land that is surrounded by hundreds, actually thousands, of government protected acres with direct access into the Bighorn Mountain Wilderness Area. The Guest Cabin is truly away from it all. You'll travel along three miles of dirt road to get to our place. When you arrive you'll instantly become aware that you are nestled in a private valley of some of the most beautiful Boulder outcroppings one could imagine, where Joshua trees, pinyon pines, and wildlife abound. An endless variety of birds are attracted to the dripping bird bath located on the deck right outside the 16 foot sliding windows that gaze upon the valley of boulders. Cottontail rabbits, antelope squirrels, the occaisional bobcat can be seen. On three occasions we've seen bighorn sheep in the backcountry and last year a bear with two cubs came strolling through...a rare site...perhaps... but I wonder how many creatures pass by when I'm not looking out the window!
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: The Guest House is ideal for those wishing to hike, birdwatch, and just be awed by the miles of magnificent rock formations. It's unlikely that you will see anyone while hiking the area. Just you and nature. Many of our guests hike to Black Mountain...the reward being incredible endless views and that feeling of accomplishment that 'I did it!'.
A hot tub offers sore muscles comforting relief and also serves as an ideal location to relax and watch a falling star or two. No city lights visible from here, we're designated dark sky territory.
We also offer a secluded meditation/yoga hut with padded carpeting and cushions for sitting on the floor or doing yoga postures. The hut has fantastic views with plenty of privacy and quiet -- conducive to listening to the song of a bird, the stirring of the breeze, a perfect setting for some quiet contemplation...