Death Valley; the name alone conjures up images of lonely viewpoints that’ll send a quiver down your spine. Home to the powerful landscapes of Badwater Basin and Artist’s Palette, even the rocks have a mind of their own in this national park while the sand dunes are known to sing. While Death Valley may be unforgiving, lodging around the park is anything but. Properties skirt the park limits with accommodation in Nevada and California giving you the option to sleep near amenities or out in the wilderness. These surreal Airbnbs near Death Valley National Park let you experience the unique scenery of the desert without forfeiting comfort.
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Ten minutes from downtown Lone Pine, this contemporary three-bedroom retreat is set on six private acres amidst rock spires from the days of the dinosaurs. Stand on the front porch and you’ll spot Whale Rock breaching across the yard or drive five minutes and you’ll reach Movie Flat, the backdrop to countless pictures. The one-story home is airy and modern with flawless heating, air-conditioning, and speedy Wi-Fi. Following CA 190 drops you at the Death Valley entrance in 40 minutes flat and you have fishing right on the doorstep.
Although an alien encounter isn’t a guarantee, epic astronomy is a given at this remote castle residence in the middle of the desert. Located in the wilderness near Goldfield northeast of the park, the property is encircled by 40 acres of private Nevada land. Interiors are a work of art, with elements plucked from classical, Viking, and medieval times with a splash of The Wizard of Oz if you look closely enough. The primary bathroom has a lavish tub with panoramic mountain vistas only just pipped to the post by the stargazing deck with views toward Area 51.
Eight guests, four bedrooms Price: $1,200 per night
This extraordinary vacation home near Death Valley appears to float above the flats. Minimalistic interiors give priority to the views with floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights blurring the lines between domestic and wild. The elevated deck features a sunken-in hot tub for sunsets, sunrises, and star watching. Right in the belly of the national park, the pet-friendly rental is all set for off-grid living with Wi-Fi and a full kitchen. Remember to stock up on pantry staples in Beatty; the house is absolutely isolated with only ghost towns and mountains for company.
If you can bed down in a windmill, a container, and a treehouse, “wine” not sleep in a former bottling room? Once used for crushing, bottling, and storing vino, the outhouse has been reimaged as a snug studio for couples. The unit contains a simple kitchenette plus a grill on the patio surrounded by vines. Fully enclosed, the outdoor shower is a blast after a dusty day in Death Valley. Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, and Artists Palette are within an hour’s drive of the Airbnb.
An indoor swimming pool hogs the limelight at this Airbnb, one hour from Darwin Falls and Star Wars Canyon. Drink up views of Mount Whitney and the Sierra ranges from the water and switch to the hot tub when evening rolls in. The house unfolds onto a spacious backyard with an outdoor bed for sky-watching under the stars. In addition to the two bedrooms, there is a supply of trundle beds for larger groups. Despite the ultra-luxe perk of the pool, the house retains a homely vibe and is well-suited to a family.
If you’d rather sleep in something sturdier than a tipi, this handcrafted tiny house is an alternative option at Sandy Valley Ranch. The unit is fully furnished with a micro kitchen, bathroom, and loft bedroom while the couch can accommodate a third guest. Views from the upper deck stretch over the Mojave Desert with unreal star-gazing opportunities. Leave the curtains open at night and you’ll awaken to a gorgeous sunrise and the sound of silence. Ranch-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are available on the compound.
Located at the base of Mount Whitney, this artsy Airbnb in Lone Pine, California, roosts atop the boulders of the Alabama Hills. Living spaces marry functionality and comfort, with thoughtful attention to small details ensuring comfort regardless of what the weather throws your way. A plush oversized couch overlooks the Eastern Sierras in lieu of a TV (who needs Netflix when you’ve got views like these?). The master suite contains a free-standing tub for post-hiking pampering sessions and petting the neighbor’s horses is highly encouraged.
Eagle Feather is one of the most unusual Airbnb options near Death Valley National Park. Comprising a queen-size bed clad in thick Mexican fabrics to keep the cold at bay, the tipi is also warmed by a propane heater. Basic cookware is provided in your private outhouse kitchen and you start your day with a semi-outdoor shower in the external washroom. As the glamping yurt is located on Sandy Valley Ranch, you can meet the animals and go horseback riding during your stay. Dogs are welcome subject to a small fee donated to the SPCA.
After a day of exploring the canyons and salt flats, this fashionable rental is a sight for sore eyes (well, feet). Inspired by the Soho Farmhouse aesthetic, the living room is outfitted with modern pastoral decor and furniture. The kitchen is big enough for a full house to pitch in rustling together meals to linger over inside or on the patio with mountain views. A fenced yard makes this one of the best Airbnbs near Death Valley for kids and dogs. Walkable to Beatty, Nevada, where wild burros roam the streets and just 10 minutes to the national park.
Seven guests, three bedrooms Price: $218 per night
Fifteen minutes from the casinos and pubs of Pahrump, Nevada, and an hour to most of the Death Valley trailheads, this cozy guest suite is ideal for couples seeking a mix of nature and merriment. For a smaller dwelling, the kitchen is surprisingly robust with all you need to whip up anything from morning eggs to roasts. Shared only with the host, the backyard features a cabana and koi fish ponds for road trip planning over brunch.
Two guests, one bedroom (studio) Price: $98 per night
Spending a night in an Airstream in the desert is one of those bucket-list travel experiences. Let this campground upgrade the fantasy with the addition of a bubbling thermal pool in the backyard! The camper features a kitchen stocked with the essentials plus a lounge, bedroom, and bathroom. Perfect for breakfasting with the birds and twilight stargazing, the private patio is rigged with a grill and fire pit. Ten miles from the scenic route into the national park, you’ll receive a complimentary pass to the Tecopa Hot Springs.