Unwind, relax and find your own Desert Solitude. Pitch your tent on a private sandy beach overlooking a desert wash and rolling hills complete with picnic table, barbecue, chaise lounge chairs and a large vintage Ben Franklin outdoor fireplace. Fall asleep to coyotes calling and wake up to birds singing! Laugh at the antics of the antelope ground squirrels, roadrunners, jack rabbits and Cottontail bunnies. Fall under a peaceful desert spell and leave rejuvenated!
A few steps down a trail leads you to the Gypsy Camp Trailer where you will find everything you need for the Pampered Camper! This beautiful 1950's vintage trailer is totally equipped for a deluxe Glamping experience. The bathroom has a shower/tub combo and a composting toilet. The kitchen is fully equipped down to organic herbs and spices, California Olive oil and organic locally roasted coffee.
Gypsy Springs Ranch is a Permaculture ranch in progress. We strive to conserve water and lessen our footprint wherever possible. The Trailer has a grey water system that feeds the desert landscape. Due to strict county ordinances, sleeping and cooking in the trailer is prohibited. There is a shaded outdoor kitchen set up just outside the trailer door complete with propane stove and large-capacity ice chest. Propane and frozen blocks provided. There's even a swamp cooler for cooling off on hot desert days before the glorious star-filled Mojave Desert nights begin. Gardening, composting, permaculture lessons and garden tours available. Other pampering amenities available. Ask for the list.
Gypsy Springs Ranch is only a 25-minute drive to Joshua Tree National Park where you can spend an enchanting day exploring this amazing national treasure and then come back to your own quiet, private camp. So, grab your tent and sleeping bag and head for the Magical Mojave Desert. I look forward to sharing my beautiful Oasis with you!
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Joshua Tree Gypsy Camp
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Gypsy Camp, In short its a gem-I'd recommend staying here to any camper. Located in Joshua Tree deep in the hills. About 10 min. drive on a dirt road to get here but that should not deter you in any way. Once you arrive you have a trailer at your disposal for daytime use. It includes a shower (indoor and outdoor, yes outdoor), bed to rest on, kitchen to cook in and area for seating. You can not sleep in the trailer, which is fine as you are here to camp but you are welcome to it in the day when its to hot outside. Trailer also has a soaking pool outdoors. Oh yea, and an outdoor kitchen and seating area complete with propane stove and dishes. Once you have enjoyed the trailer the camp site is just up the hill. Follow the path and signs to get to Gypsy camp. This site has an amazing Benjamin Fireplace outdoors. Its an old set up, rusted over in parts but built to last and shows off with one hell of a fire. Rhonda (the land owner) provides wood for you at the site. Considering it's the desert and wood burns quickly in this dry climate you are saving a lot of money by renting this site, just in the fire wood alone. You can cook over this fire, or on the BBQ right next to it for your use, or just lay down and look at the stars in front of it as Rhonda has a comfy rug placed on the ground in front of the fire to enjoy. You can easily fit 2-3 tents on this site. Two comfortably, three maybe close but doable. Rhonda also has a remarkable garden on the property. She has been working on it for years and it was in bloom when I was there. She grows Apples, peaches, almonds, fresh herbs and more out in the desert. She is Impressive. Rhonda also built Trails around the property to connect the areas, so you can stroll through the hills along the trail and easily find your way back. You are in the wild so keep an eye out for snakes and be sure there are no critters hiding under your car for shade when you leave. She is about 15 minutes from the park entrance and very close for the Joshua Tree music festival they host in town once a year. Gypsy Camp is great, can't say enough good things about it, I hope I can return very soon.
We had been trying to plan a camping trip for months and finding Gypsy Camp was just the push we needed. Gypsy Camp is wonderfully serene, located off a dirt road in the middle of the desert. It has everything you need to camp or “glamp” and escape from routine life. The campsite has gorgeous views of the desert and is infused with interesting treasures that make this place truly unique. Rhonda has spent years working on this site and her attention to detail shines through. Mattress box springs are used for fencing, glass pieces are decoration near sitting areas and the campsite has a vintage cast metal outdoor fireplace. We spent our nights relaxing in lounge chairs while watching the fire burn and listening to the sounds of the desert air. We stayed during a weekend of a black moon and the stars brilliantly lit up the night. It was a truly magical experience. In addition to the campsite, there is 1950’s trailer that can be used during day to prepare meals, brew a pot of coffee or take a break from the sun. The trailer also has both an indoor and an outdoor shower, which is great if your stay is a couple days long. We hung out outside the trailer to cook breakfasts using a propane stove that’s provided and watched the hummingbirds flock to the sugar feeder that hung nearby. The desert sunrises are beautiful and the sound of birds in flight was mesmerizing.
Rhonda is an amazing hostess and practices permaculture at her campsite. She has done a remarkable job transforming this site into an environmentally friendly oasis.
Gypsy camp is located near the town of Joshua Tree, so if you want to grab an excellent cup of coffee you are a short drive to the Joshua Tree Coffee Co. in downtown JT.
One of the highlights of staying at Gypsy Camp was the proximity to Joshua Tree National Park. It’s really easy to drive into the park for hiking and world-class bouldering.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Gypsy Camp in Joshua Tree and will be back again.
Gypsy Springs Camp is fantastic! I can't recommend it enough. The place is beautiful and a great way to get away from the crowds in Joshua Tree NP. Rhonda is great and was super responsive when I had questions before I arrived. I would definitely stay there again if I'm back in the area.
Rhonda is a great communicator and a very friendly, accommodating host. Pretty much everything you need is already provided i.e. cooking stove, utensils, cooler, coffee cups, firewood, lighter fluid, lighters, you name it, there's even a good amount of books and reading material inside the trailer. You could literally just show up with a tent and a sleeping bag if you wanted to. My favorite part was just lying down in front of a cozy fire watching the night sky and listening to coyotes howl in the distance. One can also appreciate the attention to detail that went into decorating this unique space. It's artistry and rustic appeal galore, simply amazing. But I would highly recommend anyone to just experience this unique desert gem for themselves:)
Gypsy camp is the best! Rhonda is an excellent host. She will meet you when you arrive and give you the tour and then you won't see her again unless you need assistance. Her house is behind gypsy camp but it still feels very private. There are great trails and an awesome bench up the hill where you can sit and watch the moon and sun rise. The fireplace is cozy and for anyone who has camped before you know fire pits can sometimes be super smoky and you have to switch spots a fair amount to avoid smoke in the eyes, not the case at gypsy camp. In addition to the awesome outdoor amenities the trailer is a great space to use the bathroom and shower and sit and rest from the sun. I highly recommend Gypsy camp to anyone looking for a fun glamping experience :-)
Great spot, chill vibe. Perfect mix of camping and amenities. Drive into Joshua Tree isn't bad, though probably better to leave the camp and spend the day at JT then return, rather than back and forth multiple times. Actually really preferred the quiet here than the crowds in JT.