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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!


Welcome to Sweet Rock Ranch! Just a two hour escape from LA, arriving at this secluded location at the end of a dirt road feels like you are a world away. Another place in another time.

It is situated on five acres of surreal boulder landscape,​ overlooking the town of Joshua Tree and the national park, and located between the park entrance and Pappy & Harriet's.

The main house has two bedrooms (king + queen), two bathrooms, a den, living room, kitchen, and formal dining room with great views. For groups of more than four, there are two private sleeping cabins for an additional cost (see notes). One is the original homestead house. It is the oldest building in the area, remodeled as a sleeping cabin with a queen bed. The cozy bunkhouse cabin has a double bed.

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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2017

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.

We have travelled around the world, but it's the high desert that keeps calling us back. We mostly split our time between here and LA, where we both work in the arts.

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.


Car: necessary


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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(16 traveler reviews)

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Joshua Tree Getaway. Private Boulder Wonderland. Rustic elegance. Sleeps eight.
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
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: Jun 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: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco


  • 5 of 5

I rented this beautiful home and property for a girls' weekend getaway, and we could not be more thoroughly impressed with our time here. The property is well situated high up the hill so the views are stunning, plus it has a private desert and boulders to roam around. The moon was bright and lit up the desert floor, making way for some beautiful and otherworldly walks, even after the sun had set. The main house is perfectly stocked and organized, and we were able to cook and enjoy meals around a large dining room table. The bedrooms are very comfortable, and the darling outdoor houses added a perfect escape for quiet sleepers. The style and energy of the property could not be more on point, truly unique artwork inside and out which matched the desert vibe. The hot tub, nestled in the boulders, is reached by a new and well lit deck/ramp leading off the side of the house. An added perk here is the ability to turn off the ramp lights once at the hot tub for added star gazing abilities. This attention to detail is carried throughout the entire property, and really makes Sweet Rock Ranch the perfect getaway. If you get a chance to stay here, be sure to fill the bird feeder and throw some seed on the ground for the cutest munching display of desert bunnies, birds, and furry friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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venice, calif USA

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Every detail has been thought through for the most amazing and peaceful stay at this resort like property.

We could have easily spent our time in the area just exporing the grounds and reveling in the ammenities, hot tub, cowboy tub, fire table and views. Flocks of quail greeted us in the morning. The fireplace cozy, the kitchen set up perfectly . The vibe is rustic chic, but the practical things, showers, kitchen etc are modern.

Our traveling companions want to book for a family reunion, knowing that their grandchildren will be entertainaed by exploring the property and discvoering the wonders tucked away in the beautifully orchestrated grounds. Just a short drive to the wonders Joshua Tree National Park, Noah Outside Museum and Morango Reserve. Lots of fun and funky retuants nearby and a quick trip down the hill to a big Vons

and restuants. We canta wait to return in other seasons to see what wonders unfold, and to once again awake to the glorious morning sunrise outsie the picture windows.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Asheville, NC USA

So worth it! So amazing!

  • 5 of 5

First the essentials: the bed is really comfortable, the hot water is quick/plentiful, the hot tub is AMAZING, and the kitchen has everything you’ll need to make great meals. But this place is like no other so I want to say a little more. You check in at 4pm and because it was late November the low autumn sun was bouncing off the faraway clouds creating an exploding masterpiece of color in the skies. We looked at each other and said, “This is paradise.” We unlocked the door and entered the house to find it warm and clean and welcoming, but we just couldn’t stop staring at the jaw-dropping desert views from every window. There was a bottle of wine left for us, complements of the hosts, and we did what any polite guests would do- we opened it, poured ourselves two glasses and went to relax on the deck overlooking the desert. By this time the sun was setting and colors in the sky had turned from masterpiece to mind-blowing. We sipped our wine as some coyotes cried and sang in the distance. This was a ‘wow’ moment, but to be honest the ‘wow’ began with our first contact with Deva and John (the property owners.) They were so kind, and professional and actually concerned with our satisfaction and happiness – it’s as if they’ve been in the hospitality business their whole lives. They are the kind of people you wish every vacation rental property owners would be, and nothing makes this more evident than reading the welcome book they’ve prepared for their guests. They’ve thought of every question you could ask and have anticipated every need you could have- and they’re totally available should something come up! It’s definitely not like this at other places! I don’t usually write reviews, but this experience stood out to me and it’s something we’ll never forget, in fact we’re already planning our next desert adventure and we can’t wait to come back to Sweet Rock Ranch!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Rock Ranch: Our Stay in May

  • 5 of 5

The setting here is truly amazing, set amongst the boulders with views of the valley below. Even though you are near town, it feels very private and remote. The main house is set up perfectly for four, the bedrooms separated and each with a private bath. There are lots of outdoor seating areas to enjoy throughout the day, and the hot tub is wonderful!

The kitchen has everything, and we cooked two dinners there during our stay. The house and grounds are wonderfully decorated, and our visit was a complete joy. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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