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Pipes Canyon Lodge -Pioneertown- Privacy and Quiet on 14 gorgeous acres!

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, Guest House, Trailer, 6 bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps up to 20 in be



Book just the house for a party of four or more, or add the guest house and trailer (additional fees apply) for a weekend with friends and family! PCL is a rustic elegant ranch, with plenty of room to stretch out, have privacy, cook a fantastic meal and make it to Pappy & Harriets in eight minutes! We only rent to one group at a time so regardless, you will have the entire property to yourselves. Privacy, dark skies and a splendid 60,000 acre wilderness (Sand to Snow Monument) next-door.

Pipes Canyon Lodge and Retreat center is the perfect place to host your artist or yoga retreat, a big chill get together or a family reunion. We have lodging options that provide privacy for retreat leaders and plenty of breakout space for small and large group process. Our 70' covered front porch is perfect for morning yoga! Lots of nooks and crannies for guests to stretch out for an afternoon nap, read a good book or have a heart to heart with a friend you haven't seen in a while. We have it all! Best of all? Stars and Quiet!

We've just put the finishing touches on our new bunk house. It's fantastic and has views every bit as spectacular as the house and guest trailer. Cozy and inviting.

Situated at the Base of majestic Black Lava Butte (now part of the Sand to Snow Monument) , Pipes Canyon Lodge has everything you could want or need in a vacation rental. A private respite on15 stunning acres. It is everything you expect when you think of a lodge? A spacious 1,000 square foot great room where you can solve the worlds problems or cook a phenomenal meal. High beamed ceilings, comfy couches in front of an enormous stone fireplace, or cozy nooks to get away from it all with your favorite book. All of these things are possible here and much, much more. If you are like many who have stayed here, you will return year after year! Relaxing? Yes, but don't get so relaxed that you miss hiking the 60,000 acre wilderness right out the door. Black Lava Butte towers over PCL. Recently named ' Ayte'ivyat' by local tribes, it was once home to the Serrano Indian tribe. A place where Chiefs and Shamans reportedly performed ceremonial rituals and dances on the peak. It is sacred ground. When you see it, you'll dance too! Climb it before breakfast and contemplate all that is good in your life. It and the adjacent wilderness are resplendent with glyphs and rock formations that rival Joshua Tree Park. But rest assured, you must go there too. So much to do, so little time. Why not stay a week?

Our brilliant night skies makes it feel like the Milky Way is a fingertip away.

Of course Pipes Canyon Lodge and Retreat Center has gorgeous views out of every window, boulders to climb and hiking trails to follow out the door. What else? 3,300 square feet of space with a stunning great room and cozy nooks. Dreamy beds, soaking tubs, games, horseshoes, a fully stocked pantry with many staples, spices and cookware for a real dinner. We have a dining table that can be set for six or 12 or more and plenty of seated dining for up to 18. An indoor jacuzzi to take the chill out in the winter and provide a great cool down in the summer. All linens provided, tableware, firewood (3 indoor fireplaces). As one guest put it, if we don't have it, you only think you need it.

We can easily sleep 12 in the house (including 6 in a dorm setting), 4 in the guest house, 2 adults and two children in the trailer.

Rustic Elegance, Boulders, Views, Stars and 15 Private Acres. Turnkey luxury, spare enough to reflect the environment and elegant enough to make you want to stay and stay. As the first VRBO in Pipes Canyon, and after ten years of inviting guests into our home, we've learned quite a bit about what makes you happy! Whether it's a good book to read in one of the many nooks and crannies, games for the kids, or cloth napkins and tablecloth to spruce up your evening meal, we have it. Not to mention, a peace and tranquility found no where else. We are just an eight minute drive down the road from famed Pappy and Harriets. Enjoy antiquing and hiking by day and music at night. Why not break away from city life for a few days of hiking in your shorts during the day and toasting yourselves in front of a roaring fire at night, after a soothing mineral Jacuzzi.

Pipes Canyon Lodge was once referred to as 'The Ponderosa' by locals or 'The Big House' Why? Maybe it was the 12 foot high vaulted, beamed ceilings, or maybe it was the massive stone fireplace in the living room. It is rumored that Pappy himself left his mark on this grand old house. Hmm. A lot has changed since those days. The house can still seat all of its' occupants at a sweeping dining room table with elbow room to spare, but now the meals are cooked in a chef's dream of a kitchen fully equipped with every tool you will need and the spices to make all of your signature dishes. Thermador five burner cooktop, KitchenAid double ovens, dishwasher, refrigerator. Stocked pantry with bar refrigerator. Plenty of room for a handful of chefs to cook an impressive holiday dinner while others make those tangy Mojitos for sunset on the 60 foot veranda. Pipes Canyon Lodge is cozy and intimate enough to be enjoyed by a handful but spacious enough for everyone to sit around the roaring fire and tell ghost stories. There are lots of private venues indoors and out.

A total of three fireplaces (wood provided) and a central heating system ensure that you will be toasty during your stay. One in the dining room that adds to the ambiance of dinners that stretch into the wee hours, and one in the Jacuzzi room adding to the steam you create. The Jacuzzi is centered in it's own 500 foot square room. The spa room doubles as a dorm room and looks out at beautiful Black Lava Butte, just 250 feet away.

With forty mile unobstructed views all around, sunsets are not to be missed. Whether from our 60 foot covered veranda or under our shaded pergola. What the heck, try both. Our beautiful boulder monument is there to climb or just ponder. If staying close to home is your scene, just count boulders in the front and backyard.

We are now equipped for retreats. We can accommodate up to fourteen participants comfortably in the house, and we have a separate instructor/s quarters. New this season? Our completely tricked out 1953 Spartan Royal Mansion Trailer. 300 square feet of luxury - 1950's style! Full kitchen! Indoor and outdoor showers. Sleeps two/three or four if you're 'close'! Separate rental fee. Our beautiful 20 x 20 pergola perfect for medicine circles or yoga mats or dining alfresco! Come on, you deserve it! Sipping sunset cocktails on your own boulder monument is pure heaven. What are you waiting for? Perched on top of Pipes Canyon with views of San Jacinto, Sleeping Indian (Sawtoothe) and Big Bear.

Pappy & Harriets just down the road!!!!

What we cannot describe? The ineffable power and presence of the unseen, the whisper on the wind of a time that was, and the limitless imagination that you bring to this ancient landscape. This is a place where the loudest thing you will hear is your inner voice or the howl of a coyote. Come on up and get reacquainted.

Utterly unique Pipes Canyon Lodge at the cultural crossroads between the old and the new west. From experimental architects to cow-punk rock and roll, the Pioneertown-Pipes Canyon area has it all. Whether you drive the 20 minutes to magnificent Joshua Tree National Park or simply step out our backdoor and hike the 60,000 aces of undeveloped Mojave wilderness immediately adjacent,with awe inspiring rock formations, stunning mesas and complete quiet, you will be changed. More stars than you can possibly imagine so close you can reach out and touch them.

The lodge is perfect for a romantic getaway, family vacation, your own big chill weekend with friends, unforgetable wedding or peaceful retreat. Located just 8 minutes from famous Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, great music and good food are easily accessible.

And keep in mind, we are always 15 degrees cooler than Palm Springs and 10 degrees cooler than Joshua Tree Park, making this destination perfect year round. Additional accommodations available close by for larger groups. Enjoy delicious gourmet meals from Pipes Canyon Productions - with or without service. Excellent location for photo or film shoots. Location, kraft services and gourmet catering packages available.

Two night minimum - holidays - three nights. Christmas , Thanksgiving, Easter four day minimum.


Keywords: Ranch House/Lodge/Pioneertown/Joshua Tree/Retreat/Location/family reunion/

More Details

Pamela Galvin
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 14, 2018

Why Pamela Galvin chose Pioneertown

We had no intention of buying in the desert although it has always been our favorite place to reset our spirits. A friend invited us for tea in Pipes Canyon. On the way there, we agreed we would never want to live in a place so remote. After twenty minutes at their house, we called a realtor who brought us to this magical property. The sheer drama of the panoramic views, the power of Black Lava Butte and we were hooked. We made an offer the next day and we have never looked back. As artists, we cherish the inspiration we always find in Pipes Canyon and we adore sharing this wonderful hideaway with fellow artists and thinkers from around the world. After 13 years, this little pocket of wonder continues to thrill and inspire us.

What makes this house unique

The play of light from dawn to starry night sky. The wildlife. The brilliant colors of the sunsets. Soaking in the indoor mineral spa with a warm

fire burning. The warmth of the stone fireplace in the expansive great room, 'sit down' dinners in the luxurious formal dining room, cooking in the amazing

and perfectly stocked kitchen, hiking in the 60,000 acre 'park like' wilderness out the front door, waking to the golden glow of the sun coming up

on black lava butte, just outside your window. Watching the sunset from the boulder monument on the property or from the 60 foot covered front veranda. Our wonderful pergola and Boulder Lounge!


Pioneertown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Max. adults: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Fees apply for events/parties with more guests than staying on site. 10:00 p.m. county wide curfew on amplified music outside.
  • No camping on site.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dialup Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walk in shower-safety grab bars
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Guest trailer - separate rental. Sleeps up to four guests.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 4 - Jacuzzi Dorm - Main House - 6 twin/ single , Jacuzzi suite 500 square feet/private bath
    Bedroom 6 - Tin Can Alley - Guest Trailer - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps one couple, two children renovated vintage trailer
    Bedroom 2 - Beautiful Butte - Main House - 2 twin/ single , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 3 - Cowgirl Cave - Main House - 1 queen , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 5 - Helen's Safe House - Guest House - 4 twin/ single , 500 square foot guest house with two sets of bunks/ bath
    Bedroom 1 - Whale Watch House -Main House - 1 queen , Room for additional fold out for child. Master Ensuite
  • Queen size Beds (2) Two queen beds in private bedrooms, Double Beds (2) In Trailer - 300 square feet, Twin or Single Beds 10 dorm and guest house. Two guests per queen and double beds unless specified ahead of time. Trailer and Guest House additional charges apply.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing


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Pipes Canyon Lodge -Pioneertown- Privacy and Quiet on 14 gorgeous acres!
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews
Los Angeles, California

Magical Women's Retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place to hold a retreat. We had a great time and hope to be back again!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan is a lovely person and we would welcome her back anytime! She and her guests were a pleasure to host.
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Can not recommend this place highly enough!

  • 5 of 5

Our group had an unforgettable stay including breathtaking views and sunsets. The property is huge and the lodge, guest house, and trailer are all clean, cosy and well equipped. It's for sure one of the best spots in the California High Desert and the owner is very friendly and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house with some amazing views in Pipes Canyon

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time my siblings and our families have gotten together at Pipes Canyone Lodge for Thanksgiving. We love this house and it’s quickly becoming a family tradition to gather here once a year. We love setting fires in the multiple fire places, cooking in the very well appointed kitchen, enjoying the hot tub room (yep there is an entire indoor hot tub room with its own fire place), hiking the nearby trailhead, and stargazing at night. Outdoor grills are a great option for warmer nights too. Close to Pioneertown, it’s always fun to jump into Pappy and Harriet’s for a bite or drink. Pamela (the owner) is super responsive and sweet. You can tell this is a place that’s special to her but that she’s willing to share with others. We’re always super picky about VRBO and Homeaways and it’s clear we found a winner here.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful house,gorgeous setting, magical !

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house in a drop-dead setting with wonderful vistas of valleys and mountains- facilities immaculate and well-maintained, very good customer service, I would highly recommend to friends/family

I plan to return soon

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jed and Lorraine, you guys were great! We hope you'll be back soon. We're always adding and changing things around so we promise there will be a few surprises next time!
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Perfect Rental for a Group!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for a group attending a wedding in the area and it couldn't have been a better fit. The location is wonderful and picturesque, and Pamela was a phenomenal host! We loved the stay and would highly recommend for other groups coming to enjoy the area.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Clarissa was fantastic to deal with, from start to finish. They left the house in impeccable shape and were terrific with our staff. We would gladly welcome Clarissa and her guests back anytime!
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Paradise in the desert

  • 5 of 5

Pipes Canyon Lodge surpassed our expectations. The site; layout of the house with lots of space snd privacy plus the open fully outfitted kitchen area perfect for group dining; the decor is desert chic with lots of loving touches; the enormous fireplace; the outdoor amenities; the views--unforgettable. I'll be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review Melanie. You guys were great and we're looking forward to your return. Also, thank you for the generous tip to the staff. They really appreciate it!
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Nearest Golf
45 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Old Woman Springs - 247
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Nearest Beach
130 Miles
Santa Monica
Car: necessary

Bouldering, rock climbing. Close to Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown. Eight minute drive. Adjacent to 60,000 acre wilderness.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee Minimum $250 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300

Cleaning Fees vary by guest count. $200 - $350, Trash Fee: 12+ guests - $100.00, Cancellation Policy: Strict 50% of full reservation with cancellations 60 days prior to arrival. No refunds, less than 60 day notice. Events and Holidays: No Refunds. Refundable Deposit $300. Check in 3:00 p.m. Check out 11:00. Rates and Policies subject to change without notice. Late check out: $50. Base rate applies to four guests only. Additional guests $40 per guest per night. Two night minimum on all lodging.Holidays 3 night minimum,

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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