Hipcamp host Kyle M.
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            Greetings Friends!  BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING'S< Blankets, Sheets and Pillow Cases, lights, and fans. We have a fumeless heaters on the "Extra's" area of this listing if you need one.

Garth created the Cosmic Castle with the help of many friends. It's a nicely furnished thrift store glamping experience on 640 acres of pristine massive desert boulder and Joshua


            Greetings Friends!  BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING'S< Blankets, Sheets and Pillow Cases, lights, and fans. We have a fumeless heaters on the "Extra's" area of this listing if you need one.

Garth created the Cosmic Castle with the help of many friends. It's a nicely furnished thrift store glamping experience on 640 acres of pristine massive desert boulder and Joshua tree landscape. Garth the resident, land owner, and lives on the property. The Cosmic castle is situated with an ancient pinion pine tree at the foot of the stairs. The space has No Amenities,. It has two artist murals on the  wall. From the window you can see short views and  long views of the surrounding Pipes Canyon, the Boulder Gardens, and further. The exterior is painted "Garth Tan". The stairs are difficult to navigate due to an ancient pine tree growing right through it, So, PleasePleasePlease be careful not to hit your head. There is a portable restroom just a short distance away. As well our community area. Over the past 40 years Garth has created many sites to see. Around the property you may find rock gardens, art, crystal gardens, fish, birds, and special spaces. It's quite and beautiful. The people are warm and inviting. The grounds are beautiful and tranquil. There are chickens, peacocks and other birds and the sounds they make echoing through the land. At any given time you might find friends in the community areas, preparing a meal, playing music on drums, guitars, or the grand piano, or simply hiking around. Feel free to interact with anyone on the property. Thank you for your generous support!

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Potable water available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
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Have a question? Send Kyle a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 98%

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Hipcamper Casey

Definitely recommend

Casey N.
recommends this listing.
February 27th, 2019

We didn't stay at the cosmic castle, but at a different campsite on the property. The area is surrounded by huge boulders and the views are breathtaking. Kyle was so kind and welcoming in giving a complete tour of the place. We could be as secluded as we wanted or could just pop into the outside kitchen for some friendly conversations with other visitors. There's so much to see and do here! Caves, peacocks, sauna, pool,...even an art gallery! Unfortunately, we came when it was incredibly windy, but we hope to return soon to really enjoy all that Boulder Gardens has to offer.

Hipcamper Mary
Mary M.
recommends this listing.
June 15th, 2020

The Cosmic Castle was gorgeous! I slept so well, and had the most rejuvenating trip. The place was clean and cared for. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Keenan
Keenan M.
recommends this listing.
April 3rd, 2019

I thought this place was too good to be true.... turns out it’s better than I imagined. I would recommend a visit to boulder gardens to anyone considering it. It was a little windy at night so we were very thankful to be inside the castle with a warm heater. The land itself is beautiful and the public spaces are very well maintained. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. we hope to make it back again soon since there is so much to see. If you take a hike to explore the caves around the area don’t be surprised if Buddha, the pit bull tour guide, finds you. He accompanied us all day as we hiked around the land and was a great companion.

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Hipcamper Dominic

Beautiful place all around

Dominic G.
recommends this listing.
April 22nd, 2019

We got there a little bit earlier than the check-in time but Kyle had the place ready for us. He was incredibly nice and even drove by a couple hours later to make sure we found everything we needed. Beautiful property with a great story and nice people! Everything is a work of art.

Hipcamper Karin
Karin C.
recommends this listing.
June 4th, 2019

Boulder Gardens is an amazing place. It’s one of the prettiest spots in the desert. There is a lot to explore like rock gardens and art work. Admire the rock formations or do stargazing at night. The people living there are very friendly and welcoming. The castle itself is very cute. It is perfect to reconnect with nature.

Hipcamper Nicholas

Truly cosmic and magical

Nicholas R.
recommends this listing.
June 9th, 2019

Kyle, Garth, Victor, Jim, and everyone at the Boulder Garden we’re truly spectacular people, stewards of a beautiful, inviting, and unique space. We felt welcome and lucky to have found the Cosmic Castle and shared time with all of them. Wonderful place to hike, explore, and share stories!

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Hipcamper Kyle
Response from Kyle, the Host, on June 12th, 2019

Thank you Nicholas! We enjoyed having you too!

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Hipcamper Niloofar
Niloofar F.
recommends this listing.
June 25th, 2019

Was so magical. Great hosts and amazing view!

Hipcamper Alexa
Alexa G.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2019

Wow what a magical place. Thank you
Kyle and Garth! We had the best time exploring your garden and will certainly be back!

Hipcamper Thuc

Amazing desert stay

Thuc N.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2019

Kyle is so awesome. I was greeted with a much needed hug. The silence of the desert with knowing cool people were close by was perfect. The castle rocks- so much TLC was put into it- the most unique place I've ever stayed.

Had a great hike with the dogs- and other awesome community dogs joined in! The most killer sunset ever out there!

Loved it :D

Sunset was mindblowing :D
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