A trip to Joshua Tree is an unforgettable experience. California’s second-largest national park, Joshua Tree was made famous by its otherworldly landscape, filled with massive boulders, towering rock formations, and the giant succulents that gave the park its name. (That’s right, Joshua trees aren’t actually trees but a relative of agave.)
Camping is one way to visit the park, but many visitors opt to rent gorgeous, secluded, and luxurious Joshua Tree Airbnbs between the park’s entrance and downtown to have the best of both worlds — natural splendor and modern comforts. Epic Joshua Tree Airbnbs are aplenty, but we’ve rounded up some of the best. These are the Joshua Tree Airbnbs to book for an unforgettable trip.
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Seclusion is the name of the game at this two-bedroom Joshua Tree Airbnb, which is accessed by a three-mile off-road drive that’s best tackled using a 4WD. The interior is anything but rugged, however, with luxurious furnishings that were carefully chosen to promote zen — think a yoga deck, meditation area, sauna, pool, hot tub, and tanning chairs. The overall aesthetic is crisp, clean, and classy with a fun surprise in store in the mushroom-themed relaxation room. Pets are welcome for a fee — and will love having space to roam with no neighbors in sight.
Moon-themed, dome-shaped, and hangar-inspired, this unique Joshua Tree Airbnb is located on 7.5 acres approximately 7.7 miles from Joshua Tree National Park’s west entrance and just 2.5 miles from downtown Joshua Tree. Beneath 20-foot ceilings and protected by 15-foot walls that offer breathtaking views of the desert and mountains, the Airbnb has two bedrooms — both with ensuite bathrooms — and ample space where extra guests can sleep, accommodating up to six people. The apartment also has a kitchen that’s fully equipped with modern appliances and fun features including a hot tub, fire pit, grill, four hammocks, and a stargazing loft, as well as a digital Star Wars pinball machine to complete the fun industrial-rustic-chic vibe.
Desert Wild is a peaceful two-bed, two-bath home that allows up to four guests who err on the quiet side. The house is beautifully decorated in the cottage-esque Finca style, and the hosts have stocked the bathroom with all-natural products for guests to enjoy. Outside, you can watch for desert wildlife from a relaxing hanging chair, take a dip in the pool or hot tub, take a break from the sun in the shaded cabana area, or snuggle up by the fireplace and watch a movie on the indoor projector screen. Located in a residential neighborhood of South Joshua Tree, Desert Wild is a 10-minute drive from the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park and five minutes away from downtown shops, cafes, and galleries.
In Joshua Tree, you expect the outdoors to provide your entertainment. At the JT Playhouse, you not only get access to the great outdoors but also more games, activities, and amenities than most hotels. The property is split between a two-bedroom main house and an entertainment villa, which together have everything from board and arcade games, pool and poker tables, and a 120-inch movie theater with six plush reclining chairs. Outside, you’ll find even more fun in the shape of a ping pong table, two bowling alley lanes, lifesize chess, cornhole, bocce, and cornhole, as well as a pool and hot tub, a BBQ and outdoor dining area, Adirondack and hanging egg chairs, and, somehow, even more.
Nestled in a valley of boulders about one mile outside of Joshua Tree National Park, the one-bedroom Monument House is a bit famous, having been featured in numerous magazines and books. You’ll notice the striking exterior first, along with outdoor features like a fire pit, hot tub, and gazebo, but the interior is something special, too. Highlights include a chef-style kitchen, blackout curtains in the master bedroom, and a large vanity, walk-in shower, and organic body products in the bathroom. Plus, there’s a washer and dryer available to guests to keep both you and house immaculate after beautiful, dusty hikes in the park.
A little bit bigger than a traditional tiny home, this studio-sized casita is perfect for solo travelers or couples looking to spend a few days away from it all — though downtown Joshua Tree’s restaurants and amenities are just six minutes away and the west entrance to the park is only a few more minutes away than that. The casita’s interior features brand-new furniture and art by local artists, with high-speed internet if you need to be on-grid and a split system air conditioner-heater to keep you comfortable day and night. A bonus for EV drivers: you can charge your Tesla or other electric vehicle in the on-property carport.
One look at the large, aesthetic pool and hot tub combo at this two-bedroom Joshua Tree Airbnb, and you’ll be sold. The LeLe is a newly built vacation retreat designed to evoke a resort stay, with the added benefit of a spacious kitchen that’s outfitted for gourmet cooking and an open concept that’s excellent for fostering quality time with family or friends. The gorgeous mountain view helps you feel connected to the scenery even when you’re at home, while modern conveniences like Nest cooling ensure optimum comfort. Let the hosts know if you want the spa and pool heated during your stay — it’ll cost you $60 or $300 per day, respectively.
A short drive from downtown Joshua Tree and the park, this stunning retreat combines convenience, seclusion, and fun. With four bedrooms and room for eight guests, it’s the perfect place for bigger groups, even without all the fun amenities — a game room, pool table, board and yard games, hammocks, a fire pit, and a hot tub among them. Best of all, Mojave Midnight Oasis is both pet-friendly, so if you’re planning a family vacation, you won’t have to leave your furry family members at home.