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Enjoy your coffee as the morning sun sweeps across your valley of boulders

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Not far from Joshua Tree National Park (near historic Pioneertown) sits the well appointed 'Gamma Gulch Guest Cabin' nestled deep within your own private valley of Boulders, Joshua Trees and Pinyon Pines bordered by miles of Protected Desert Wilderness with plenty of solitude and unlimited hiking opportunities. Perfect 'home base' for JTNP, Pappy and Harriets, Integratron, Noah Purifoy's outdoor desert museum, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs. Nicely appointed kitchen with spices, coffee and all the basics. Wifi, phone, dish TV and DVD player, and Bose music system with plenty of cd's or can be used with your mp3 player. Coffee maker, microwave, fridge, oven and all utensils. Guest cabin has a 16ft wall of sliding glass doors that look out upon your own private valley of Granite Boulders, Joshua Trees and Pinyon Pines. Weber 'Barbeque for Two' on site. Hot tub to soak in after a long day of hiking and perfect for lounging in to do some star watching. A path leads to a private eight sided meditation/yoga hut nestled in the boulders. Our guests repeatedly return from a day in JTNP and say they don't know why they went to the Park as the scenery at the Guest Cabin rivals the Park (without the tourists and traffic).

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Owner

Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, burmese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/23/2016

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    we love pets...in fact we have two pound rescues, Rosey and Shanti, and a 3 year old desert tortoise named Kokomo Joe. Our policy is that the guest house remain pet free...including our pets. We feel that we wouldn't want to sleep on beds where numerous animals have slept on...the hair, fleas, unrine odors, etc and that it shouldn't be part of our guests experience either... ...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Queen size bed with memory foam mattress top...very comfortable with fresh linens provided including choice of down or down alternative comforters... also, we have a very comfortable king size bed under the stars which can be great for the warmer summer nights -- fresh sheet, down ,and mattress heater included....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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  • Outdoor: outdoor shower

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  • Towels and soap provided and a well stocked medicine chest with basics... bandaids, sunscreen, moisturizer, aspirin etc. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The Guest Cabin is centrally located... You can google the following: "Pappy and Harrietts", a very popular Honky Tonk with live music and great food is just a short drive away. Joshua Tree National Park is also a popular destination about a 30 minute drive. Sound baths at the "Integratron". A popular and free outdoor desert art display "Noah Purifoy Joshua Tree". Our dear friend and neighbor, "Garth Boulder Gardens" within walking distance. Also some neat Antique shops in Old Town Yucca Valley just a short drive away. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Books about the desert...info on Joshua Tree Park trails, birds, desert wildlife, western folklore along with the most recent issues of New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harpers and Smithsonian magazines!...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    includes a selection of dvds...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Great Bose system with cord that can be plugged into your mp3 player headphone jack and then heard through main system... ...moreless

  • Television:

    19' flat screen with dish network and dvd player...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Views of Black Mountain and the Big Horn Sheep Wilderness area....moreless

  • Rural:

    Hi Desert rural setting. Huge boulders, Joshua Trees surrounded by government wilderness with miles of hiking opportunities....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    sheets, pillows, blankets, ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Telephone:

    nationwide long distance...moreless

  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    freshly ground gourmet coffee provided -- there is a choice of drip coffee maker or a French press. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    olive oil, good selection of spices, all the basics -- ketchup, mayo, mustard etc....moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Great patio facing an awesome valley of Boulders....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    It's a Weber! Propane gas included....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Hot tub for two --- bathing suits not needed --- robes and flip flops provided. Heated 24 hours a day -- no jets or bubbles due to the noise they make in this quiet desert environment. ...moreless

 

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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$179
$1,183

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

Guests will be required to sign a release of Liability agreement upon arrival.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Location

  • Pappy & Harriet's Palace

    "It's been called the best Honky Tonk this west of the Mississippi. Live Music --- check web..."

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  • Ma Rouge Coffee House -- CLOSED

    "The areas alternative to Starbucks...locally owned coffee house serving light meals too."

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  • Route 62 Arts & Antiques

    "Fun area to explore...a handful of antique shops with plenty of desert related stuff for sale."

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  • Las Palmas Restaurant

    "Nice Mexican restaraunt...locally owned...one of my favorites is the Spinach Enchilada combo."

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  • C & S Coffee Shop

    "Reasonably priced locally owned breakfast joint. A locals favorite. Good selection of omel..."

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  • JTNP West Entrance

    "This is the best place to enter the Park when coming from the Gamma Gulch Guest House. "

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  • Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum

    "Outdoor desert art...many of our guests enjoy the experience...plus, it's free!"

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  • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

    "About 30 minute drive from Gamma Gulch Guest House...if you are a birder this is a place you..."

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  • Salton Sea

    "Either you love it or you can't stand it! A birder's paradise. The Salton Sea has an inter..."

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  • Integratron

    "Another odd piece of Desert Lore... many of our guests go there to experience the "Sound Bat..."

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  • Crossroads Cafe

    "Locally owned popular place. Good vegetarian and vegan offerings. Great place to fill you ..."

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  • Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel

    "This place is where the locals go ... it's inexpensive for a day pass. There are 8 or 9 spa..."

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  • Cabot's Old Indian Pueblo Museum

    "Another odd bit of desert history..."

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  • VillageFest Palm Springs

    "Thursday night street fair in Palm Springs...they close down the main street to cars and ope..."

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  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    "From the desert floor to the mountains. Nice hiking trails on top and great views of the de..."

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  • Joshua Tree National Park

    "I'm a lover of the Park...it's what inspired me to move here. You will experience the high ..."

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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Palm Springs
9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Pappy and Harrietts
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pappy and Harrietts

Car: Necessary

The setting rivals the boulder outcroppings and land features in Joshua Tree Park, less the tourists and traffic.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: My wife, Saccavadi and I (Dave) live in the main cabin adjacent to the Guest house. We both love the desert immensely with all it's solitude, wildlife and starry nights. As it turns out this guest cabin changed my life. I met Saccavadi 9 years ago when she was a guest in the Guest Cabin -- she was staying in the guest house to take advantage of the solitude and quiet of the desert while she finished her doctorate thesis in Buddhist studies. Saccavadi was a Bhuddist monk when she arrived at my guest house... saffron robes, shaved head. She'd been a monk for 21 years having ordained in Burma at the age of 19. Many of our guests find Saccavadi's story a very moving one. Simply google 'saccavadi' where much has been written about this simple monk from Burma. I haven't a clue as to what Sachi saw in me but as karma?? would have it we soon fell in love. Been married almost 9 years now. Again, it's important to note that my wife and I live adjacent to the guest house. With that being said, please know it's our policy to greet you when you arrive, help you get settled in, and be available should you need anything... after that it's our policy to leave you alone so that you may connect with what we're sure you'll find an amazing and unique piece of the desert -- this is reflected in our many positive reviews. Thank you :-)

Why the Owner Chose Pioneertown, CA, USA:
This property is quite unique. The population density of the area is extremely sparse which helps assure a connection with the natural environment right outside your door. The Guest Cabin, along with the main cabin is situated on a piece of land that is surrounded by hundreds, actually thousands, of government protected acres with direct access into the Bighorn Mountain Wilderness Area. The Guest Cabin is truly away from it all. You'll travel along three miles of dirt road to get to our place. When you arrive you'll instantly become aware that you are nestled in a private valley of some of the most beautiful Boulder outcroppings one could imagine, where Joshua trees, pinyon pines, and wildlife abound. An endless variety of birds are attracted to the dripping bird bath located on the deck right outside the 16 foot sliding windows that gaze upon the valley of boulders. Cottontail rabbits, antelope squirrels, the occaisional bobcat can be seen. On three occasions we've seen bighorn sheep in the backcountry and last year a bear with two cubs came strolling through...a rare site...perhaps... but I wonder how many creatures pass by when I'm not looking out the window!

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The Guest House is ideal for those wishing to hike, birdwatch, and just be awed by the miles of magnificent rock formations. It's unlikely that you will see anyone while hiking the area. Just you and nature. Many of our guests hike to Black Mountain...the reward being incredible endless views and that feeling of accomplishment that 'I did it!'. A hot tub offers sore muscles comforting relief and also serves as an ideal location to relax and watch a falling star or two. No city lights visible from here, we're designated dark sky territory. We also offer a secluded meditation/yoga hut with padded carpeting and cushions for sitting on the floor or doing yoga postures. The hut has fantastic views with plenty of privacy and quiet -- conducive to listening to the song of a bird, the stirring of the breeze, a perfect setting for some quiet contemplation...


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Speaks: english, burmese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/23/2016

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  • Enjoy your coffee as the morning sun sweeps across your valley of boulders

    Enjoy your coffee as the morning sun sweeps across your valley of boulders

  • and the occasional bunny too!

    and the occasional bunny too!

  • Good Morning!

    Good Morning!

  • A retractable awning if the wind ain't blowin too hard...

    A retractable awning if the wind ain't blowin too hard...

  •  Kitchen area with stove, micro, fridge, toaster, coffee machine, spices, oil ...

    Kitchen area with stove, micro, fridge, toaster, coffee machine, spices, oil ...

  • Plenty of information on local flora and fauna, JTNP trails, and general reading

    Plenty of information on local flora and fauna, JTNP trails, and general reading

  • Time to pour a glass of wine and enjoy the desert sunset with view of Black Mtn.

    Time to pour a glass of wine and enjoy the desert sunset with view of Black Mtn.

  • A Weber grill-for-two , propane included...

    A Weber grill-for-two , propane included...

  • Boulders catch the sunrise...

    Boulders catch the sunrise...

  • Miles of boulder outcroppings right outside your door...

    Miles of boulder outcroppings right outside your door...

  • A bird bath on the patio attracts plenty of birds

    A bird bath on the patio attracts plenty of birds

  • View from the patio looking in to the guest house...

    View from the patio looking in to the guest house...

  • View of interior with morning sun igniting boulders in the background...

    View of interior with morning sun igniting boulders in the background...

  • Sitting area with Bose stereo and plenty of cd's or plug in your mp3 phone...

    Sitting area with Bose stereo and plenty of cd's or plug in your mp3 phone...

  • A view of Love Mountain... where I first held hands with the girl I would marry.

    A view of Love Mountain... where I first held hands with the girl I would marry.

  • setting sun through 16' sliders

    setting sun through 16' sliders

  • yoga hut in the boulders with thick carpet, great views and plenty of solitude

    yoga hut in the boulders with thick carpet, great views and plenty of solitude

  • View from hot tub in morning...imagine what it looks like at night!

    View from hot tub in morning...imagine what it looks like at night!

  • we're designated 'dark sky territory'...photo of milky way at sundown...

    we're designated 'dark sky territory'...photo of milky way at sundown...

  • Strap on your boots, let's go for a hike!

    Strap on your boots, let's go for a hike!

  • Just you and mother nature for as far as the eye can see...

    Just you and mother nature for as far as the eye can see...

  • The Vibe...

    The Vibe...

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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