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Modern Cabin, private trails into National Park, 100% solar, luxe amenities

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Peaceful, natural setting, 1 BA, 1BD on Park Border. Remote, yet easy access.

Set within hundreds of acres of natural desert landscape, Think Tank is located along the Joshua Tree National Park boundary near the West Park entrance. The gated and unobtrusively fenced property is one of the few truly secluded vacation rental homes in Joshua Tree, and sits within an active wildlife corridor, with private trailheads right into the park. There's both a drum bbq and a weber kettle just off the kitchen next to a huge concrete slab outdoor table overlooking the large stone fire pit. A wood-fired hot tub provides the zen of outdoor soaking. Inside, polished concrete floors support luxe amenities such as on-demand hot water, a seamless glass shower, Jenn Air gas cooktop, fridge, dishwasher, cable tv, and wifi, which all run off of a state-of-the- art 100% solar system. Evaporative air conditioning and a propane fireplace effectively heat and cool the home, which has a queen bed with an optional memory foam topper for firmness adjustments. Chef-grade cookware, blender, coffeemaker, toaster, basic spices, oils and vinegars, coffee, teas, reading materials, and movies provided. But for all of its dark night skies and feeling of remoteness (the nearest structure is almost a quarter of a mile away), Think Tank is only about six minutes from downtown Joshua Tree, and in the secure Monument Manor area.

As a place to intimately experience the peacefulness of the Mojave desert, the property is a transformative spot for one person seeking solitude or for a couple's getaway. Over half of our guests pay us the ultimate compliment of returning yearly. However, Think Tank not suited for more than two adults or events. Out of consideration to our resident wildlife of rabbits, raptors, quail, tortoise, lizards, coyote and bobcat, we can no longer take pets.

We encourage long stays, with weekly rates at 1,275. and the monthly rate at 2,950. (or about 100 dollars per night) for one month and 2,100.00 per month for multiple months. Nightly stays are 235. per night. Please click on the "rates" tab below the photos for accurate pricing, as the VRBO "average pricing" feature in the headline can be misleading! It combines all of the rates from nightly to monthly, and deduce an average. This is not an optional feature, so I apologize for any misdirection that this formatting may have caused.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

About Miriam

As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found this five acres of Mojave bliss....and have since acquired the adjacent acreage as a conservation buffer. I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree offers. My hope is that the resulting home reflects the unassuming laid-back lifestyle that I value but sometimes find difficult to enjoy in LA, while also reflecting a respect for nature, warmth, a bit of humor, and relaxation with the necessary flourishes (good art, good books, WiFi and tubing under the stars!). It's a place to be a city mouse or a country mouse, as the mood suits!

Miriam purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Miriam chose Deserts

Think Tank is one of those "forever" spots!

What makes this cabin unique

Being in a house on the border of a wilderness area is a powerful reminder of many things. I love this house for helping me to remember how many stars there are in a night dark sky, what the sound of quiet feels like, and how to gauge the passing of hours by the movement of light and color across a rock mountain outside a window.


Joshua Tree Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing


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Modern Cabin, private trails into National Park, 100% solar, luxe amenities
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Seattle, WA

Best place, best management!

  • 5 of 5

Location: Picturesque, private, excellent access to trails

House: Cozy one-bedroom. Very clean. Modern appliances. Well designed. Good heating (through propane fireplace) and AC. Romantic spot.

Property:. Best designed property we've seen, thus far, and we've been coming twice yearly for over five years. Artistic metal sculptures, stone furniture, stone pond, and stone firepit. Private paths. Several distinct [what I would call] "zones" for sitting and looking out at the view and stars, each with it's own personality. Every need considered and prepared for by the owner/manager, e.g. matches, kindling, firewood, charcoal, just where each would be expected for maximum efficiency (and that means that the owner provides multiple sets for multiple locations around the property).

Outdoors: Virtually private paths through glorious rock formations. We never came across another soul on our hikes. 270 degrees of different views feom the house that are nothing less than glorious.

Owner:. Kind, helpful, professional, efficient. Laissez-faire management style. Miriam never required us to speak with her by phone or meet with her in-person, although we very much understood she was always just a phone call away, if we ever needed her. In other words , she is genuinely thoughtful/supportive, but very respectful of guests' desire for privacy. We found that communication after our arrival really was never needed, because everything about the place just made sense, right from the start. Excellent instructions, with a bent towards very welcome minimalism.

Cons: The one con is that the place will likely already be booked the next time we want to rent it, because it is just that great of a place and has just that great of an owner/manager!

Summary: Couldn't be happier with our experience. 100%.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Better than pictured! It was beautiful inside and out. The property is incredible! Soaking in the cowboy hot tub under the stars was fantastic!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain View, CA

Peaceful, Comfortable, Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week in the Think Tank. I felt comfortable as soon as I walked in to the house. The vistas were fantastic, especially from the hot tub. Miriam was a gracious host. We really enjoyed reading her "house binder". It contained info about the house, hikes in the area and entertaining reviews of local restaurants. The location of the house is exceptional. The hikes we took from "right out the door" were wonderful and we didn't see another person the whole time. The west entrance to Joshua Tree Nat'l Park is just minutes away and access to the other park areas (49 Palms, Indian Cove, etc.) are no more than a 20 minute drive. A great home and a relaxing vacation worth repeating.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Our New Home Base for Joshua Tree NP

  • 5 of 5

Like some of the previous reviewers, we hesitate to reveal how much we enjoyed our stay Miriam's place in the desert, for fear it will become too popular. My wife and I have stayed at nearby VRBO places three times in the past for week-long hiking vacations in Joshua Tree NP. Miriam's "Think Tank" is flat out the best. First, despite being 10 minutes from the town of Joshua Tree, Miriam's place is and feels remote - her "backyard" flows right into the Park. Second, her location meant we could finish breakfast watching birds and rabbits then arrive at many of our favorite trailheads in the Park within 15 minutes, well before anyone else. Third, Miriam has made the "Think Tank" so comfortable you just don't feel the need to go anywhere else. We spent mornings hiking, afternoons reading in hammocks, evenings cooking dinner and watching the sun go down. From now on, Miriam's "Think Tank" will be our home base for Joshua Tree adventures (unless it gets booked up too quickly...)

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marvelous hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

There are times when you find something so good that you don't share it because of fear that people will overtake your hidden gem! Well -- this place is it! After a long stretch of work, I was in desperate need of a truly quiet, secluded and scenic destination spot. This amazing house is nestled between the edge of civilization and the start of nature. It's an extremely cozy, open, scenic and private. You can't find a better desert retreat than this. Yes...I'm giving my secret away, but I had to give Miriam credit for a sharing her beautiful home with us. The home itself is self-sufficient (literally). The house has anything you need. It's extremely clean and there's ample amount of supplies for your use. The home is also very well maintained and filled with various artistic details. I stayed a total of 7 days and I certainly did not want to leave. I fell in love with the amazing location and beautiful home. I’ve taken various vacations to Joshua Tree, but this is the first time where I felt compelled to return. All in all, Miriam is very responsive and ensures all of your questions are answered. She’s an amazing host! The house itself is very well maintained. This house harnesses a perfect blend of regional artwork with modern amenities. It has an amazingly positive energy that you MUST experience in person. I’m SOLD and will definitely return to visit this hidden gem! Next time, I’ll stay longer. Miriam, thank you (again) for sharing your marvelous home with us!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tetonia, Idaho

Steps to Joshua Tree National Park

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we drove onto the property we knew that Think Tank would be a wonderful home away for the month we had chosen to be in Joshua Tree. We had traveled to JTNP the year before our stay at Think Tank and knew that this National Park and the area surrounding Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Wonder Valley deserved more attention. So we returned and we will do so again if you all out there don't rush to rent Miriam 's treasure.

Think Tank is a wonderful place from which to explore this high desert.

The house is cozy and beautifully laid out for two people. We had everything we needed , including quail and coyote and antelope ground squirrels and a wide assortment of birds. Sadly we missed a Bobcat sighting.

The kitchen is well supplied and we were welcome to use whatever we found in the Larder. The bed is comfortable and the shower is sublime, especially after a day of hiking in the desert.

We had a few joyous days of rain and snow on the distant mountains and the gas fireplace added to the ambiance of this idyllic house. This is a home that you can spend time enjoying as well as enjoying every thing else there is to do in this desert. And there is no end to what you can do in this wonderful part of California.

For those who like kitsch , this place is a find! We found a new treasure very day. Rocks! Signs! Old mining gear! A Bottle Tree! Garden sculptures!

And then the fact that you are surrounded by open space protected by the Mojave Desert Conservancy and the BLM and the National Park makes this spot a place to treasure.

Have we said enough?

We wil return.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Twenty Nine Palms Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Crossroads Cafe

One minute walk into National Park


Rates & Availability

Joshua Tree Cabin Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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