Your Own Private 22-Acre Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Luxurious High Desert Eden

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

At 4,400 feet, the undiscovered gem called PIPES CANYON VALLEY, just a stone's throw from historic PIONEERTOWN, is a refuge of serenity nestled at the foothills of the BIG BEAR MOUNTAINS adjoining 33,000 acres of WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY. Our gorgeous solar and wind-powered Southwest casita, graced by fine art within, is situated on 22 acres of nature's own artistry without.

Actually, our guests describe it better than we can:

"Staying at the Casita on this property was an amazing experience. Max and Robin have created a symbiotic environment with the animals and earth and all you have to do is blend in and enjoy."

"Their property is amazing! So many fun spots to explore. They are on acres of land that you can hike, relax on- they have a hammock, tons of rock gardens, a fire pit! They also have a screened in porch that has a bed so you can sleep outside but still be protected."

"My best friend took me here to relax for four days for my 50th birthday and it was life changing and the best gift ever! I have had over the last two years major health issues and surgeries. My soul was broken. But for the first time in two years I felt this wonderful peace and it truly healed my soul!"

"It's a sweet homely, clean perfect place close to nature! I never want to stay anywhere else not even a 5 star resort!"

"The screened-in porch was amazing - it allowed us to wake up to the chirping of the birds in the morning and go to sleep feeling like we were camping out. The scenery around the casita was wonderful -flat top mesas, big boulders to climb, gullies to explore…"

"What an unbelieveable natural setting, with a feeling of remoteness despite the relative proximity to LA. Good food and entertainment up the road at the inimitable Pappy and Harriet's. Magnificent night skies with the distant howl of Coyotes."

"Robin and Max are gracious and generous hosts; they have built and lovingly maintain a nurturing oasis of peace for us pamper-seeking humans as well as a home for a fabulous biodiversity of birds, animals, plants, and rocks. They offer here what we all need most - the rest and renewal that comes from slowing down and paying attention to the elemental essence of life itself - inside and out. We could hardly drag ourselves away to go out and get groceries."

"Waking up to cottontail rabbits outside our bedroom window. Following fresh tracks to the nearby wash for a gorgeous sunrise heralded by coyote howls. Back at the comfortable casita eating breakfast with a primeval view while a covey of quail wander by outside. Midday hike along a ridge of low hills for long views with hardly any signs of civilization--without leaving the 22 acre property."

"At night, since the place is far enough from the light pollution of the city, so many stars are visible - we saw the Milky Way and even caught a few shooting stars while sitting out by the fire pit (which was ready for us when we got there - filled with wood and easy to start up with just a lighter). The bed out on the covered outdoor patio was very comfortable and perfect for spending the night if you want to have more of a "glamping" experience."

Keywords: Southwest, luxury casita, wildlands-adjacent, ancient trees, boulders, stargazing, labyrinth, tee-pee, kid-friendly

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Sleeping Porch: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    In good weather the screened sleeping porch is divine!...moreless

  • Living Room: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    sofa bed is incredibly comfortable, memory foam topper...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Great queen bed with memory foam topper...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Tile shower, washer/dryer


  • Satellite / Cable


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $50
  • Tax Rate 7%


Private yoga classes with Max available upon request - $75/hr per person. $15 for each additional person

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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Private yoga on site, exploring back roads, historic Pioneer town, caves, birding, rock hunting, petro glyphs, guided nature hikes and photography, eclectic live music scene


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Your hosts are yogi and healer MAX THOMAS and his wife of 30 years, bestselling author and screenwriter ROBIN MAXWELL. They are privileged to be caretakers of the land and creators of the High Desert Eden sanctuary. Countless artists, writers, musicians, healers, yogis, parents and children have found quiet, comfort and inspiration in this remarkable 'home away from home.' Now Max and Robin have decided to share their little corner of paradise with you. Depending on your wishes, they will grant you total privacy or offer guidance for your many adventures.

Why the Owner Chose Pioneertown, CA, USA:
An Eco-Friendly Destination 'We'd always dreamed of owning property adjoining public lands and to live a sustainable life. The magnificent WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY on two sides of High Desert Eden is that dream come true, and we're proud to be off the electrical grid, with a photo-voltaic array mounted on a state-of-the-art 'tracker,' augmented by a wind generator. While we have all the modern amenities here, we've learned to be conscious about consumption and live lightly on the land. We ask all our guests to do the same.' Max is available for discussion and consultation about our system.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
PRIVATE YOGA RETREATS: If you make yoga a part of your HIGH DESERT EDEN getaway, you will enjoy the most delightful, tailor-made experience of your life. With 35 years of yogic wisdom at his command, MAX THOMAS offers his own eclectic and non-dogmatic style of yoga to everyone from raw beginners to seasoned practitioners. You can choose gentle, restorative session to promote healing from injuries or illness; basic to more complex breath work; or learn how to use 'Yoga as Preventive Medicine.' Yoginis and yogis might wish to kick-start their days with energetic classes, to refine or re-design their current practice...or even create one from the ground up. And there is no one better than Max at just 'playing yoga,' with kids from 9 - 90. LODGING AT THE CASITA, YOGA CLASSES and HEALTHY GOURMET MEALS included.

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  • Spacious Casita Bedroom

    Spacious Casita Bedroom

  • spectacular sleeping porch

    spectacular sleeping porch

  • Coyote in Your Yard

    Coyote in Your Yard

  • Coopers Hawk on our Boulders

    Coopers Hawk on our Boulders

  • Desert Vista Labyrinth

    Desert Vista Labyrinth

  • The World Famous 'Integretron,' just minutes away.

    The World Famous 'Integretron,' just minutes away.

  • Private yoga sessions to soothe your soul

    Private yoga sessions to soothe your soul

  • Casita in Winter

    Casita in Winter

  • Bobcat in Winter

    Bobcat in Winter

  • Not Just Any Old Boulders

    Not Just Any Old Boulders

  • Startrails over the casita

    Startrails over the casita

  • Fully Equipped Casita Kitchen

    Fully Equipped Casita Kitchen

  • Flat-topped mesas in your backyard

    Flat-topped mesas in your backyard

  • Dawn at High Desert Eden

    Dawn at High Desert Eden

  • Your own personal boulder garden

    Your own personal boulder garden

  • Teepee for Quiet Meditation and Magical Sunrises

    Teepee for Quiet Meditation and Magical Sunrises

  • Pappy and Harriet's - 5 Minutes Drive Away

    Pappy and Harriet's - 5 Minutes Drive Away

  • Great Photo Ops!

    Great Photo Ops!

  • Red barrel cactus in bloom at the pond

    Red barrel cactus in bloom at the pond

  • The beautiful Pipes Canyon Mesas from our property

    The beautiful Pipes Canyon Mesas from our property

  • Living Room in the Afternoon

    Living Room in the Afternoon

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Sunday, October 23, 2016

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