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Joshua Tree, Six Minute Drive to the Park, Quiet Desert Home

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

All you will hear are the birds in this serene desert home and walled garden,--your own oasis. This beautiful owner-built pueblo-style home opens out into beautiful vistas in all directions. Walk to the front porch and enjoy the walled garden full of cactus, desert plants, fruit tree, herbs and (in season) vegetables. Go through the french doors off the bedroom and enjoy the private outdoor shower and bathtub nestled into the side of 'Coyote Hill'.

Just a six-minute drive from the entrance of the Joshua Tree National Park, and ten-minutes from the shops and restaurants of the 'village' of Joshua tree, you will feel like you are just where you want to be. Nestled into the foothills of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, this sparsely populated neighborhood boasts of wonderful walks, hikes and wildlife viewing opportunities, right here.

You will enjoy the fully appointed kitchen, beautifully furnished master bedroom and bath with unique interior stucco walls, and many other handbuilt touches. It is kept sparkling clean by Piper who owned a bed and breakfast in Hawaii for seven years, and currently helps take care of several other vacation rentals in the area.

Keywords: Pueblo-style house nestled within walled garden

More Details

Piper McKern
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Piper McKern

I fell in love with the quiet beauty of Joshua Tree while traveling in 2002, and never looked back.

Piper McKern purchased this house in 2004

Why Piper McKern chose Joshua Tree Highlands

I loved this property's location, minutes from the National Park, minutes from the small village, but still far enough out that nature is the dominant force, so quiet, so much wildlife, hiking trails just a few minutes walk from the front door.

What makes this house unique

It's an easy distance from Joshua Tree national Park entrance, minutes from the village and only 20 minutes from a small town, and yet, this neighborhood is serene and quiet, with wildlife everywhere, all year long.


Joshua Tree Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Indoor shower, toilet and sink/vanity with clean towels sets. There is also an OUTDOOR shower and tub supplied with hot water.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size bed in the bedroom. In the livingroom is a hide-a-bed that sleeps two. There are plenty of extra pillows, blankets and clean linens in the bedroom closet to make up the hide-a-bed should you wish it.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
Six minute drive to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance.


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Joshua Tree, Six Minute Drive to the Park, Quiet Desert Home
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 44 reviews

Wonderful desert hideaway

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage, very clean, with a fun outdoor shower.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington, Massachusetts

Authentic outpost for Joshua Tree exploring

  • 5 of 5

Piper's place was perfect for exploring Joshua Tree. The house felt like an authentic desert abode. She was very responsive to some heating issues (it was freezing in February) and we figured out how to get the pellet burning stove cranking. Wish we could have enjoyed hanging out in the quirky yard, but as I said, temps were in the 30s.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Temecula, CA

Interesting & Eclectic Property

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to Joshua Tree was complete, with our stay at Piper's house. It was very cozy and spacious. Everything we needed was there, and her eclectic collection of artifacts decorating the house was such a visual treat. Piper was great in communicating all the details. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

So enjoyed this lovely little house with easy access to the park. Hiked everyday and relaxed at the house with wine and the sunset every night. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice, quiet, secluded place near Joshua Tree National Park

  • 4 of 5

We spent 2 nights at the end of Dec. It was cold, but there was good heating from a pellet stove, and hot water was available very quick. We had a great time. Very quiet & comfortable, and a good location for National Park visitors. Tons of books on shelves, and arts/crafts, adding a homey touch.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Romantic & Cozy - A True Desert Gem.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I decided to spend some a weekend away together for our anniversary this year, and after reading many wonderful reviews, decided to give this place a try. Words fall short to describe just how magical our short stay was at Piper’s lovely home. Each corner of the house had these beautiful, small touches that you would have to see in person to appreciate.. And the view outside the bedroom was amazing - both in the day and night.

You can’t go wrong booking this beautiful place. I know we definitely want to come back! Until next time..

-The Zimmers

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Palm Springs Air Port
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 62
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Natural Sister's Cafe
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Long Beach, CA
Car: necessary

Six minute drive from the Joshua Tree National Park. Ten minutes to the village shops and restaurants in Joshua Tree.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Single night stays are welcome on the weekends May through September. September through April they are welcome Sunday through Thursday nights. A reservation involving a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or major holiday should have a minimum of two nights. The Bhakti Fest, in early September, Shakti Fest in mid May, and JT music fest in mid-may all have a two night minimum. This is not necessarily written in stone, so always check with Piper if a single night is desired. Taxes and fees and included in the price. No fires of any kind, including candles, incense and cigarettes. No swimming or dipping in the courtyard pond. The owner is not liable for injuries or damages incurred by guests. Pets are welcome, but there safety and behavior is solely the responsibility of the pet owner/guest. Have a great stay and thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.