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Joshua Tree Getaway. Private Boulder Wonderland. Rustic elegance. Sleeps eight.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

High Desert Getaway. Hot Tub, Homestead Cabin, Views, And Stunning Boulders!

"Stop looking for other listings, this is the one... from hot tub stargazing to the amazing hikes right in the backyard, we honestly didn't leave for three days."

- Steven, San Francisco

An artistic and comfortable two bedroom home plus two sleeping cabins, we were a star feature on the recent Parade of Homes tour. We are located at the end of a dirt road and nestled in five acres of surreal boulder landscape. We are equally close to the Park entrance and Pappy & Harriet's. Off the back porch is 200 acres of park-like desert to explore. Loaded with features and nice touches, and . . . the most sublime hot tub experience in the high desert!

** NOTE: The listed base rate is for the main house - up to FOUR GUESTS. Rates including the sleeping cabins are structured according to guest count. Please read rates carefully when requesting a booking. We keep the maximum at eight guests.

There are stunning boulder views from every window. Outside, enjoy the back porch, the 'lookout lounge' which overlooks the town of Joshua Tree and the national park, a hot tub, a cowboy tub, a yoga deck, a horseshoe pit, a barbecue area (gas & charcoal), great hangout spots, and more boulder piles than you can explore in a weekend.

Just off the back porch is over 250 acres of pristine desert for you to explore. Nothing but boulders, joshua trees, wildlife . . . And silence!

A scenic walking bridge takes you to a new six person saltwater hot tub surrounded by boulders - a stargazer's dream!

We are uniquely situated between the national park entrance in Joshua Tree and Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown - the best daytime and nighttime activities the high desert has to offer.

Or. . . You may decide you don't want to leave Sweet Rock at all!

[more information and reviews at sweet rock ranch dot com]

More Details

John Henson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About John Henson

As longtime desert enthusiasts, we have stayed at many rentals in the area and noted the many things that we appreciate in a good rental experience. After an extensive search, we found this uniquely wonderful property and spent two years customizing every detail in order to create what is now one of the best rental properties in the entire high desert.

John Henson purchased this house in 2012

What makes this house unique

The house was recently remodeled comfortably rustic, with a nice representation of work from local artists. Loaded with amenities and guest features, including a fully equipped new kitchen, wi-fi, a desert library, vinyl collection & player, games & dvds - and the most sublime hot tub experience in the high desert!

Every window on the property has a view to other-worldly ancient rock formations.

There are both gas and charcoal BBQs, for your grilling preference.

The main house has central AC & heat, plus an evaporative (swamp) cooler. There are efficient air/heat units in both of the cabins.

The Lookout Lounge has a propane fire table and very cozy seating.


Yucca Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two bathrooms in the main house. The private sleeping cabins do not have their own bathrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , Master suite with full bathroom and great morning view.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Homestead Sleeping Cabin - 1 queen , Separate cabin, next to main house with queen bed, no bath.
    Bunkhouse Sleeping Cabin - 1 double , Separate cabin, next to main house with double bed, no bath.
  • Base price includes Main House, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, up to four people. For guests beyond four (up to eight total) there are additional charges (see notes).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • rock climbing


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Joshua Tree Getaway. Private Boulder Wonderland. Rustic elegance. Sleeps eight.
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Respite from the world

  • 5 of 5

Our group has visited Sweet Rock Ranch the past few years in September for our annual trip to Joshua Tree. We have stayed at other places in the area, and Sweet Rock is far and away our favorite. The house and surrounding environment are comfortable, peaceful, and relaxing. The house is clean, functionally designed, and artistically decorated. An exquisite place!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family, wildlife, and nature bonding at it's best!

  • 5 of 5

This place was fantastic! Bunnies, and quail, and chipmunks (etc.) oh my! They are right outside the door for feeding and viewing. It's natural setting is exactly what we wanted: big boulders, Joshua trees, hot tub, and perfect lighting to view the starry nights. The owners are attentive and respond quickly to questions and give great suggestions. The house is clean, well maintained, and loved. Our favorite part was the family bonding. The house and surroundings set the atmosphere for great family time and activities.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate

  • 5 of 5

We went there to unplug and that's exactly what we did. It has everything that you would want for recharging. The house is comfortable and beautifully decorated. It reaches out and hugs you. Every little detail was thought through in this house. Upon arrival there is an Arrival Notebook which has everything outlined right down to Do's and Don'ts and helpful tips about the area. We loved Sweet Rock Ranch.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Sweet Rock Ranch was beyond expectations -- it was like staying in paradise on an otherworldly planet -- a planet of fantastic rocks everywhere you look. Much privacy and so many fun things to do, and many of them just outside the door! I won't go into the list of wonderful things at the house as John describes them well in his home's description, fantastic is all I can say. We wanted to stay many more days to immerse ourselves in all the amenities. Comfortable beds, real nice kitchen, hangout areas galore in and out of the house. I will definitely come back again. Highly recommended, I cannot imagine a nicer place to stay. Sweet Rock Ranch in the Yucca Valley is the place to be.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

This place is an amazing home away from home

  • 5 of 5

There was so much to do on the property and the nearby Joshua Tree. In addition to being surrounded by boulders which provides so much privacy, the home has so many characters and unique features (such as the nail arts by John) that made our stay so memorable. Will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA

Blissful Desert Getaway

  • 5 of 5

A blissful experience at Sweet Rock Ranch. This is a special place. A beautiful property and grounds for exploring (complete with desert bloom!), plenty of great places to hang with a group or solo; fire table, cowboy tub, yoga deck, jacuzzi. A stunning home with everything you may need and two annex bunk houses – perfect for a larger group. Great open kitchen for cooking, living room with fireplace, outdoor patio with beautiful views, quiet den for reading… so many spots to enjoy. The owners have taken great care to make this a wonderful retreat to experience that allows you to just melt into the desert. They have thought of everything and you can feel the love in every corner. As our first visit to Joshua Tree, I can’t imagine and better place to stay. The “Welcome Book” was also a great resource for exploring near by shops, restaurants and activities. I can’t wait to go back to Sweet Rock Ranch!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $160
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

The rate of $349 is for the main house only (2 bed/2 bath). For 2 - 4 guests.

Additional guests beyond 4 are $25 per person/per night. (maximum 8 people)

Groups of 5-6 get the Main House plus Homestead Cabin (queen bed/no bath)

Groups of 7-8 get Main House, plus Homestead Cabin, plus Bunkhouse Cabin (double bed/no bath)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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