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The 9 Coolest Airbnbs in the California Desert
January 28, 2020
Ever since Airbnb launched in 2008, people all over the globe have been using the platform to show off their unique, quirky, and eclectic homes to all types of travelers. Whether it’s strange architecture, bizarrely cool amenities, or a gorgeous piece of property, people have seriously upped their game when it comes to providing one-of-a-kind getaways to locals and travelers alike. And if there’s one place to get a little funky—it’s the California desert.
If you just need to get away for a night, weekend, or week, round up your friends and drive east a couple of hours to these insanely cool Airbnbs in the California desert.
1. The Tile House in Twentynine Palms
Rural and magical are the two words that sum up this colorful house in the middle of nowhere. Guests can’t miss the two-story house that is completely decked out with Mexican tiles by owner and artist, Perry. Not only will you feel completely one with nature when you’re staying at The Tile House, you’ll literally be staying in a piece of art. Bonus—you’re just seven miles away from Joshua Tree National Park. Rent the two-bedroom, two-bathroom abode starting at $175/night.
2. Off-Grid itHouse in Pioneertown
In addition to feeling like you’re miles away from the next human being (because you literally are), you’ll truly be living off what nature provides when you’re staying at the Off-Grid itHouse. Powered only by solar panels, this eco-friendly home doesn’t even have WiFi or TV, so forget about social media or working remotely. The gorgeous glass architecture of this remotely-located home gives guests insane panoramic views of the California High Desert no matter which bedroom you’re in. Get ready for some epic stargazing. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home starts at $475/night.
3. The Moon Cabin in Joshua Tree
This ridiculously charming cabin is the epitome of ‘desert-chic’. Located just minutes away from Joshua Tree National Park, The Moon Cabin has been thoughtfully curated and designed for some seriously gorgeous aesthetics. Not only is the space romantic and comfortable, but you’re completely surrounded by desert views. Get cozy by the fireplace or gaze at the stars with the telescope provided by the hosts. Four guests can stay in this one-bedroom, one-bathroom desert gem starting around $145/night.
4. Aloha Ranch Roadside Inn in Yucca Valley
Don’t quite feel like being in the middle of nowhere but still want that High Desert feel where all your stress melts away? Aloha Ranch Roadside Inn is the spot. With three-bedrooms and two-bathrooms, this cozy home can sleep up to six guests comfortably and is conveniently located close (but not too close!) to the main drag of Yucca Valley. This Western Vintage meets Modern Industrial-style homestead has everything you need to relax, unwind, and get away from it all. Listen to vinyl on the retro turntable before heading out back for a game of horseshoes and dip in the hot tub while you watch a killer sunset. Another perk is that it’s just a short drive to Joshua Tree and Pioneertown. What more do you need? Rent this desert sanctuary starting at an insane deal of just $85/night.
5. Desert Sage House in Yucca Valley
Another amazing spot in Yucca Valley is the Desert Sage House which can sleep up to 12 guests in their five bedrooms. Described as a ‘modern sanctuary,’ The Desert Sage House sits on 5 acres of land with unlimited views no matter where you turn. Once you step on the property, you feel like you’re in another world. In addition to the outdoor hot tub to enjoy with friends, there’s even an outdoor clawfoot tub for you to experience the most incredible bath of your life. Book this home starting at $400/night.
6. Love Nest in Morongo Valley
Cute, romantic, and secluded are all of the things you’ll get at the Love Nest. Oh—and a massive private deck, outdoor shower and tub, and a 25-foot swing. What makes this spot so cool is that your room is located above a huge, wooden barn which is part of the 10-acre Genuine Event Ranch. And if you love animals, there are a few burros roaming around the property as well. The room only sleeps two, so bring the champagne, soak in the tub, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the desert. Rent the Love Nest starting at $147/night.
7. Dome in the Desert in Joshua Tree
The Dome in the Desert has been featured in Condé Nast Traveler, Esquire Magazine, Goop, Refinery29, and Apartment Therapy. So, yeah, it’s pretty popular—but for good reason. The modern-bohemian dome is the perfect place to get re-centered and in touch with nature. The natural wood and stone elements inside will really make you feel grounded, calm, and relaxed. The two-bedroom unique rental sleeps up to 4 people but you’ll have to share the one bathroom. Rent the Dome in Desert starting at $150/night.
8. Luna Cabin in Joshua Tree
Don’t let the unassuming exterior of the Luna Cabin fool you—the interior is nothing short of magical. The 1950s homestead has been completely upgraded for a super luxurious and sleek feel. Grab your coffee and watch the sunrise in the morning or sip on a glass of wine while enjoying the sunset in the evening, the front porch provides great views of both. You’ll feel like you’re the only people in the world out at the Luna Cabin even though the town of Joshua Tree is just 15 minutes away. Rent the 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom retreat starting around $155/night.
9. The Land Yacht in Joshua Tree
If you’re a fan of bragging to your friends on Instagram about the cool spot you’re staying at while they’re not—The Land Yacht would be the place to do it. This Airstream trailer-turned-Airbnb is the epitome of all things “cool” and for multiple reasons. For one, you’re secluded AF. Two, the Airstream has been completely revamped but still has an awesome retro feel. Three, it sits at the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park. And lastly, there’s a badass tank pool out. Rent The Land Yacht. The 31-foot trailer sleeps up to four people. Book a getaway starting at $129/night.
Written by Ashley Brewer for Knockaround.