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Pipes Canyon Lodge and Retreat Center in Pioneertown Hiking Boulders Spa Quiet!

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House &, Guest House 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps up to 20 in beds)



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! Wow. Don't miss the super bloom. We haven't seen flowers like this in years and they won't last forever. Grab a May or June opening and prepare to be transported!

Pipes Canyon Lodge and Retreat center is the perfect place to host your artist or yoga retreat, a bill chill get together or a family ruin ion. We have lodging options that provide privacy for retreat leaders and plenty of breakout space for small and large group process. Additionally, there are large spaces for yoga too! Lots of nooks and crannies for guests to stretch to for an afternoon amp, read a good book or have a heart to heart with a friend you haven't seen in a while. We have it all!

We've just put the finishing touches on our new bunk house. It's going fantastic and has views as spectacular as the house and guest trailer have. 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 on18 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 to 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 Ernest Silva a respected elder of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, 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?

Now about those stars in the desert. No not THOSE stars, we're talking about the Milky Way! Now those are some real stars and they are brightly visible at Pipes Canyon Lodge! Even the Paparazzi are distracted by them!

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? 3,400 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. As one guest put it, if we don't have it, you only think you need it.

We can easily sleep 15 in the house (including 8 in a dorm setting) and we can sleep 4 in the trailer. If that isn't enough, there are four additional rental properties on 'the street' within walking distance of the lodge. We currently manage two of them. Why not let us help you plan your yoga, spiritual, writer or corporate retreat. Catering services available.

Rustic Elegance, Boulders, Views, Stars and 18 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. Oh and just down the road, great music at 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 of course. Or perhaps thinking ahead to that spring vacation. Wild flowers, wild skies and wild dreams. It's time to Pleasuriate at Pipes Canyon Lodge.

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
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 15, 2017

Why Pamela Galvin chose Deserts

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:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • 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
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Dialup Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • 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
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 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
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • Guest trailer - separate rental. Sleeps up to four guests.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 4 - 6 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Jacuzzi suite 500 square feet/private bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Separate rental: guest trailer bath/outdoor shower slps 4
    Master/private bath - 1 queen , Fainting couch often used as baby bed, add'l single availabl
  • Queen size Beds (2) Two queen beds in private bedrooms, Double Beds (2) In Trailer - 300 square feet, Twin or Single Beds (8) 11 singles. Two guests per queen and double beds unless specified ahead of time.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Pipes Canyon Lodge and Retreat Center in Pioneertown Hiking Boulders Spa Quiet!
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Amazing Thanksgiving in phenomenal property!

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from 5 nights at Pipes Canyon Lodge for Thanksgiving with my siblings and significant others. The 5 of us were absolutely swimming in space with the 3 well-appointed bedrooms (master ensuite is particularly nice which I nabbed for myself!). The first night we grilled outside and it was luxury to be able to choose whether I wanted to go gas or charcoal (both of which were well maintained and super-clean). Every day we'd crank up a fire in both the living room and dining room which gave the house that cozy/festive feel. Each night was capped off with a dip in the hot-tub (quick to heat, recessed into the ground, and there is fire place in that room too!). As I said we were there for thanksgiving and I was a bit nervous before-hand about how well equipped the kitchen would be given all the cooking we expected to do. The kitchen did not disappoint at all. Huge stove top w/ 5 burners, TWO ovens, and tons of pots/pans/etc. Finally, there is a great trail-head only about 4 minutes walk from the house which was a welcome discovery after numerous days of binge eating. All in all, can't recommend this house enough and we were incredibly happy with our holiday escape from the noise of LA to the serenity of Pipes Canyon.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Adam! You were great guests and we would welcome you back anytime. We're pleased that your holiday dinner went off without a hitch. We pride ourselves on stocking the house with everything our guests might need so that once they arrive, they can focus on what's important. Relaxing! Please come see us again. Warm regards, Pamela
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Spacious, well appointed, wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

Stayed three nights to attend a daughter's desert wedding. We had three bedrooms with two couples and the groom's Mom plus three relatives in the jacuzzi room. All felt accommodated. The kitchen is well appointed and easy to work in with plenty of pots and pans, skillets, etc. Mr. Coffee and the toaster were put to good use. The interior layout is easy for anyone with a walking disability. The beds were good. Mornings on the veranda with coffee as the sun painted the mountains across the valley was special. Highly recommended. Pamela was pleasant to work with.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike and his family were wonderful to work with. We were delighted to have them stay with us during such a special time. Our staff appreciated the excellent shape they left the house in and how respectfully they were treated. I hope they will return again and again to enjoy the canyon. Thank you! Pamela
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

It hasn't been 24 hours since I had the pleasure of weekending at Pipes Canyon Lodge, and I'm already longing to be back. The house was tidy, the kitchen is large and well equipped, and the decor is wonderfully eccentric. Pamela and Steve are clearly quite the world travelers! The weekend was an adventurous one, filled with lots of hiking, climbing, and springs blooms. We had clear skies all weekend, but it was surprisingly windy and cold, so the hot tub room was definitely a nice thing to come back to after a long day of trekking. Everyone in our group was completely blown away upon arrival to this little desert gem, and I will definitely be coming back! If you're looking for the perfect quiet, nature-filled getaway, there's no better place to look than Pipes Canyon Lodge!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very very special place

  • 5 of 5

We really lucked out with choosing Pipes Canyon Lodge as our wedding venue. Not only is it a beautiful and perfectly realized house and property, it's also a perfect canvas to tailor a unique event to. There are nice wide open spaces, beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and canyons, and several different unique and inviting areas around the property to craft a wedding around.

After booking Pipes Canyon, we stopped by the house to visit Pamela and Steve, and left feeling like everything was going to be OK. It's true, you can't help but to feel that way when you're there. And, as if the place wasn't already perfect enough, the day we checked in we found the property to be even more beautiful. Everything was perfectly tidy, indoors and out... we just couldn't have been happier.

Long story short, we loved it, and our guests felt the same. You can't imagine how many times I heard, "WOW, this is amazing, how did you find this place?!!".

We'll certainly be back to Pipes Canyon Lodge, and hope you enjoy it too!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whatever you have in mind, this is the perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

If you've read through the other reviews, I'm not sure what else I could add...just more preaching to the choir. This place was an absolute gem. We basically decided to commit to holding our wedding & reception at the property based on nothing more than the pictures on the site, but when we actually saw the house a few weeks later in person, WOWZA! Blown away is an understatement.

The pictures and descriptions of the property, while beautiful, do not really convey the splendor of the place and the serenity you feel when you're actually there. Even during the mad dash of getting everything set up there was a peace that envelopes you and reassures that everything is all right. All of our you're-getting-married-where??-hardcore-city-folk guests were wowed...and they all instantly understood why we love the desert so much.

And as if the place wasn't enough, Pamela and Stephen were simply joys to work with. Any and every question we had was answered in what felt like an instant. They made what is sometimes a very stressful event very very easy!

To anyone looking for a place to do...whatever: wedding, family reunion, weekend getaway...don't think, just go!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Henry and Abby, To a person, our staff loved working with you! Two nicer people we have not met. You were a delight from the first inquiry to your departure after the wedding. On Monday, the entire crew commented on how graciously they were treated by not only you, but your entire family and your guests. When the water glitch on wedding day threatened to derail some of the plans for the day, you acted as if it was no big deal. Thanks to your troubleshooting, we were able to get it fixed. You have to be the calmest groom ever! Remember, you have a night on us so please hurry back. Thank you, Pamela and Stephen
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georgetown, indiana

Excellent House for Writing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Pipes Canyon Lodge was the perfect location for our annual writers retreat week - plenty of room, gorgeous outdoor setting, and a phenomenal house. The owners were gracious and made our stay as comfortable as possible. I highly recommend the house for anyone wanting a quiet week in the desert.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy, we loved having you and your fellow writers. As writers ourselves, we know the serenity of doing our work at PCL. You were all so gracious and forgiving about the reservation snafu and we are both very appreciative of that. We would love to have you all back! Thank you again. Pam and Steve
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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

Pioneertown House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Cleaning Fee: $175 - $300, Trash Fee: 12+ guests - $100.00, Cancellation Policy: Strict: 50%(of full reservation) refund up to 30 days prior to arrival, less fees, less than 30 days no refunds. Events and Holidays: No Refunds. Refundable Deposit $350. Check in 3:00 p.m. Check out 11:00. Rates and Policies subject to change without notice. Late check out: $50. Sorry, no dogs.

Rates: Up to 4 guests $495/night, $40 per additional guests up to 18 - Guest Trailer additional charges. Two Night Minimum. Three to five night minimum on Holidays. Event Fees Apply: For parties including more than guests registered. Rates upon request. 50% Deposit at booking, balance two weeks prior to arrival. Weekly 7 nights for 6

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