The Terrapin Tent at Moontower Ranch is a glamping/canvas tent nestled in the middle of a 5-acre property in Morongo Valley, CA. Your campsite comes with your own gas grill and picnic table, and it's steps away from a clean, private outhouse. Located about 20 minutes from both Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park, the Terrapin Tent makes for a convenient, elevated camping experience in the high desert. The perfect place to let your inspiration flow.
The tent includes a queen-size bed with fresh linens, battery-powered lanterns, books, and extra blankets. The campsite also has two hammocks and an outdoor fireplace (weather permitting). The campsite DOES NOT have electricity, running water, or wifi. There is a spigot for well water near the main house that guests are welcome to use to fill up bottles for the campsite.
There are a lot of fantastic vacation rentals in the high desert. The Terrapin Tent was designed for people looking to unplug, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors. We've tried to provide as many comforts as we can and hope it allows our guests to pack a little lighter and not stress about finding a campsite in the park. We encourage our guests to plan for their stay like they would a camping trip; don't forget your cooler, food, water, and sleeping bags/blankets for chillier nights.
SUMMER WEATHER DISCLAIMER: Temperatures in June, July, and August often exceed 100 degrees. Since there is no power in the tent, there's no cooling. We ask that you please plan for your stay like a camping trip and keep an eye on the forecast to be sure you're prepared for the temperature and will be comfortable during your stay. ALSO, the outdoor fireplace is not available during the summer months due to the risk of wildfires.
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS: We live in a homestead cabin on the property and will give you a tour of the campsite and grounds upon your arrival. We're available to answer any questions you may have during your stay, but will otherwise leave you to enjoy your stay. Check in is between 2pm and 6pm on your day of arrival. Please arrive before dark so we can show you around. No late check ins will be accepted without prior approval.
We've fallen in love with the desert and we hope that whether you're searching out everything Joshua Tree has to offer, or staying near the tent for some R&R, you'll have everything you need at the Terrapin Tent and you'll come to love the desert as much as we do!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Terrapin Tent is a MUST if you are planning to stay close to Joshua Tree or need a desert getaway. Rudy and Elizabeth were amazing hosts and have done such an amazing job creating a wonderful space for guests to enjoy. Amenities such as a BBQ grill, chairs, firepit, linens, water, tables, and horseshoe area all provided! Not to mention the bedding was some of the softest and comfiest I had ever been on!
Rudy was quick to respond and so easygoing. The property is en route to Joshua Tree (about half an hour) but plan to bring your own wood for fires. There is not a ton to do immediately in the area, but it is a great place to relax and enjoy the desert scenery. Star gazing is a must at night, but keep in mind it is a desert so watch out for the heat and cacti!
All in all, such a pleasant overall experience - would recommend to everyone!!
Terrapin Tent was perfect. The tent itself is adorable - so well furnished and decorated with cozy blankets and a comfortable bed. The details of the camp itself were great, including nice hammocks, a fire pit, chairs for reading and a covered picnic table & grill (including grilling utensils!). The host Rudy was so friendly and helpful, and very easy to communicate with. We had a great stay at the Terrapin Tent and would absolutely recommend it. We look forward to booking again!
What a lovely campsite! Rudy & his fiancee have put a lot of love and effort into making Terrapin Tent comfortable & welcoming. The bed is incredibly comfortable, with plenty of blankets to keep warm. They have some basic kitchen supplies available to use with the gas grill & a water spigot by their house, with fresh, clean water to fill up jugs. There are plenty of comfortable places to hang out and relax - hammocks, chairs, a fire pit, & a picnic table And the outhouse actually smells nice!
Rudy was very friendly & gave us a brief tour upon our arrival. He was available via phone or Hipcamp message & highly responsive, although he gave us as much space & privacy as we desired.
We had a great stay & will absolutely come again!
We loved our stay here! We had everything we could need and more. Enjoyed napping in the hammock, relaxing by the fire, and dozing in the comfy bed. It was our first time camping in the desert, and it was an amazing experience. Highly recommend.