The 1950 Spartan Mansion: an immaculately-restored mind-blowing nomadic midcentury dwelling. This shiny work of art has a rich past; she served as a rolling home for a traveling family that worked on big contract jobs around the US in the fifties. The Spartan sleeps 3 and has a kitchen with original, working fridge and its own groovy bathroom with sink, toilet and hot/cold shower.
A perfect desert homestead for your next retreat.
Camp Temenōs sits on the north edge of the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve in California's Mojave Desert with a trail from our back gate into the preserve. (Guided hikes and breakfast available upon request and arranged in advance) We're 9 miles from Yucca Valley, 5 miles from charming Pioneertown and the legendary music venue Pappy & Harriet's, a 30 min drive to Joshua Tree National Park, an 18 min drive to the Integratron & Giant Rock, and a few minutes' walk away from sweet, complete solitude in a true desert wildland full of riparian corridors and boulder-rich canyons. The desert truly is alive and our neighborhood makes a great basecamp.
Our family home is in the center of a 1.25 acre property and there are 3 cultivated spaces available for rent in the corners of the acre (the 1950 Spartan Mansion, the large tipi and the small tipi) as well as several good tent spots and an RV electric hookup site (no septic).
We have a private, heated bathroom/showerhouse, a hot & cold outdoor shower, an outdoor kitchen with fridge, hot/cold dishwashing sink and campstove and several communal spaces on the property to enjoy a fire, grill, sit, contemplate... Temenos means sanctuary. We hope that you will enjoy the restorative sanctuary we are working on creating here.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at 1950 Spartan @ CampTemenōs
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We had an amazing time and will recommend Camp Temenos to everyone we can. Karen and Chris did everything they could have to welcome us and make us feel at home. The spaces we stayed in were immaculate (both the Large Tipi and 1950 Spartan). The small touches throughout the property, both inside the spaces and outside, were definitely filled with love. We will be back!
This property is amazing. We stayed in the Spartan and were blown away at how cute and cozy it was. Chris and Karen really pay attention to detail and provided everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay plus some. The community kitchen was perfect for meals we prepared while enjoying the warm sunshine and fully stocked with everything we needed. The fridge was filled with all sorts of goodies and Chris and Karen even cooked for us on our last morning there. I definitely plan to come back and spend more time here.
The Spartan Rules! We had a great time staying at Camp Temenos. Karen is a very warm and inviting host with great communication. Lots of warm cozy blankets and the space heater made our stay even better. The Spartan is clean, well kept and perfect for an overnight stay! I highly recommend staying here! There is an outdoor heated bathroom, with hot water, grills, well stocked refrigerator and breakfast for guest... who could ask for more!
Our stay in the Spartan was amazing, Karen and Chris were great hosts. The breakfast in the morning was nourishing and perfect. The bathroom and the property were well taken care of. We were given our space and also felt like we had access to them if we needed anything. It was cold at night, but the space heater in the Spartan helped. We didn't use the shower in it because it's quite small but used the communal one which was kept very tidy and nice - even with poetry and crystals to create a great space :).
I loved my night at Camp Temenos. The Spartan is such a cool space that has everything you need for a cozy & comfortable stay in the desert plus the added bonus of travelling back in time! I hope to come back and try the tipi out too.
My story is a bit convoluted, because I personally stayed in the Grand Tipi and not the Spartan Trailer. So I am leaving a review for Camp Temenōs as a whole, even though I did book the Spartan Trailer for the rest of my party.
I arrived at Camp Temenōs after a gruelling 11 hour drive from Albuquerque, NM. I was greeted by Karen, who I had communicated with quite a bit in the days and weeks leading up to my stay. I was excited to finally meet her. We made our way over to the Grand Tipi, which honestly blew me away as soon as I stepped inside. Karen and Chris did an absolutely incredible job at seeing that project through. It has everything you could ever need in a camping experience. It didn't even feel like camping, I think 'glamping' is the correct word to use here. I flew from the other side of the country and didn't want to travel with a tent, a sleeping bag, camping gear... and I didn't need any of it. If you book in one of the other two sites at Camp Temenōs, do at least try to check out their handiwork in the Grand Tipi. It's spectacular; the photos don't do it justice. The wood burning stove, the kitchenette, particularly the brickwork of the floor. You've got to check it out!
My stay for three nights in the Grand Tipi exceeded all expectations. I was a little nervous when I arrived, because it was a chilly day, and it ended up being a cold and windy night. But with the combination of the wood burning stove and the two electric blankets on the king size bed, I woke up warm and toasty. The next two nights were even more enjoyable, since the weather got a little bit warmer and less windy as time went on.
The location of their compound in Rimrock is great to go and explore neighbouring Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, etc. I went into the national park multiple times over the course of three days, and getting there and back to the campsite was very easy. The drive in and out of Rimrock takes you through Pioneertown, during which you will pass the famous Pappy & Harriet's music venue and restaurant. We spent a few hours there one of the nights. Both the music and the food were great. It's very much worth checking out.
I spent only a little bit of time in the Spartan Trailer, where my cousin and her friend slept for two nights. It's a beautifully maintained trailer which has been restored with great detail and care. With the use of a space heater, I'm told it wasn't even remotely cold in there when the low temperatures at night were in the 30's. As I've mentioned previously, I had no problem in the Grand Tipi with those kind of temperatures, but if you are thinking of staying in the winter time/early spring and are sensitive to the cold, the Spartan Trailer is probably your best bet for staying as warm as possible. It'll protect you from the elements and provide a warm and cozy stay.
Karen treated us to homemade breakfast in the mornings, which was both nutritious and delicious. It was a great way to just hang out and get to know the hosts, as well as their adorable daughter, dog and cats. I wish we had taken them up on the breakfast option each morning!
I highly recommend Camp Temenōs to anyone who is considering spending some time in and around Joshua Tree. It will be the first place I check if and when I plan a followup trip to this part of the country. Thanks Karen and Chris for your amazing hospitality!