This cozy 1 bedroom cabin, at the end of the road, has stunning mountain views all around. No other properties are further up the road beyond the very private Mountain House. Creative touches inside and out. The back deck is the perfect spot to take in the sunrise and the sunset, with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Perfect for couples and small families. Easy access to
This cozy 1 bedroom cabin, at the end of the road, has stunning mountain views all around. No other properties are further up the road beyond the very private Mountain House. Creative touches inside and out. The back deck is the perfect spot to take in the sunrise and the sunset, with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Perfect for couples and small families. Easy access to Joshua Tree National Park and nearby trails. The house sits right on the park boundary near the remote Covington Flats entrance. Plenty of parking.
- 900 square foot home.
- 1 bedroom with queen-sized bed.
- 1 full-sized bed in the large living room.
- 1 bathroom with custom tile work.
- Full-sized kitchen equipped with cookware and custom tile work.
- Outdoor bar, bi-level deck, grill, and a number of seating areas.
- Wood burning stove and evaporative cooler allow for a comfortable temperature year round.
- Free Wifi.
- All linens & towels provided.
- Pet-friendly, fenced yard.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Joshua Tree Mountain House in California.
The vibe at Joshua Tree Mountain House
Places to see near Thunderbird Lodge Retreat
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
This is a quirky house with a subtle theme of aliens and robots (through its sculptures and paintings). I was greeted by Lori (who is so sweet) when I arrived, and she was just finishing up this gigantic robot sculpture right out front. There was also a spacecraft crash landing sculpture on the other side.
The house is well-organized and decorated with vintage furniture, antique items, retro posters and paintings. I've never stayed at a house like this before. The living room is spacious with a large bed in the corner. There's a huge couch, two chairs, a wooden table with four seats (good for indoor dining). What caught my eye when I first walked in was the organ (which works) and harp in the corner. There's also another private bedroom with a desk, books. You can easily fit 6 people in this house. There's 1 full bathroom. There's also an AC which was nice since I visited in mid-September and it was kind of hot. The whole house uses a septic tank.
On the dining table is her manual (make sure to read it) which had a full disclosure about critters coming inside the house if doors are left open. Of course, I ended up not reading this manual until later at night. When I was about to sleep (I chose the living room), I saw something crawl on the wall then into the fireplace. It was a kangaroo rat, which is protected in this area. I told Lori later on and she told me that they set up traps and release them back into the wild. She's very open so if you're concerned about something, she's easily accessible. Anyway, this is what to be expected when you stay near/in the wilderness so I wasn't that surprised. Also-- I left a slice of pizza out in the open on the kitchen counter and left it there for a few minutes. When I came back, ants took over. It wasn't a big deal but seal your food if you're going to leave it without supervision. I had snacks and brownies and cookies in ziploc bags on the same counter but they were fine. :)
I loove how spacious the backyard is! There are 2 tables you can hang out and there's a firepit with a few more chairs. There are lots of hidden "treasures" to discover -- it was pretty fun always finding something, whether it was a chair or an old bathtub. The sunset out here is BEAUTIFUL. So is the nightsky!
This whole place is fun and perfect for the curious-minded who want some quiet.
Eclectic, cozy, fun house that has a huge open “backyard” area (an acre or two) with no one else around yet at the edge it’s fenced in. Has a separate, fenced in front yard so the doggies can chill. Open living room with comfy couches and a bed, plus a separate bedroom. Has all the utensils you could need. Entrance to the west entrance of Joshua Tree is about 15/20 min away and a closer entrance about 10 min. Great spot!!
Lori's space was much bigger than we were expecting from the photos! We comfortably fit 6 in the Mountain House - 3 sleeping horizontally on the bed in the living room, 2 in the private bedroom, and one on the sofa.
We made use of the fire pit, kitchen, and shower. It was so nice to be able to come back from Joshua Tree mid-day to shower and rest before going back out again for sunset. The park entrance was about 20 minutes from the house - super easy!
The kitchen was stocked with plenty of plates, silverware/serving utensils, pots/pans, etc. We brought all the food needed to cook for the weekend and Lori had everything we needed to prep the meals.
We had a hard time finding the AC control and Lori was available via phone and lives nearby. She was very responsive and helpful in answering any questions we had.
We ate breakfast out on the back patio each morning because the weather was perfect in the AM. We were careful to shut the screen door behind us, but we left it open for maybe 5 minutes to bring food outside and a snake slithered into the house. The snake was very much afraid of us and ended up coiled up in one of the space heaters in the house, so we took the heater+snake outside and the snake eventually slithered away, so be cautious about closing the door behind you.
We did dinners around the fire pit and admired the stars that we are unable to see in the city. One of our favorite experiences that weekend.
Overall, everyone in the group was glad we chose a nicer home to stay in versus a campsite because it was nice to be able to go home and escape the heat during the day with a cold shower and AC. We also enjoyed being able to cook meals and not have to think about all the plates/pots/portable stove needed to be able to cook if we were at a campsite. There was one photo in the house that spooked us, but other than that the space-theme was eclectic and fun.
Thanks Lori for letting us into your space for the weekend!
Cute and quirky joshua tree house
This quaint little house was wonderful. The host gave great directions to the property. It is recommended to have a car with good ground clearance though as the roads around the house and surrounding area are not paved and in so-so shape.
The house is decorated with quirky charm with alien sculptures and paintings around every corner, but it is not done in an “in your face” way. The kitchen has everything you could need to cook (like we did - breakfast and dinner), and has 2 large beds ( a king and a queen I believe). The wood stove is charming, but has its own personality. Just be sure to have your fire in the back of the stove, not front, of you may have some Smokey smelling clothes. There are also plenty of space heaters and blankets around the house.
The house was immaculate when we got there and the keys were easily accessible in the lockbox.
Would definitely stay here again because of the house and it’s proximity to Joshua Tree National Park.
What a wonderful solo retreat at a much needed time! So relaxing to just be in the desert. Loved view and the space theme art! When the winds blow, you may hear a beautiful jazzy symphony of sounds from the fixtures and chimes. So magical. Thank you, Lori!
Loved this space!
What a cool place! The home itself is super neat. There is a lot of awesome art in the furniture and decor, inside and out. It’s totally complete with all basic needs accounted for— kitchenware, games, ice, etc. The property and surrounding areas are incredible as well. The home is very quiet secluded on a dirt road (no need for AWD) and there are plenty of interesting critters and plants within walking distance.
Our trip was during an excessive heat wave, so we spent the afternoons inside. The evaporative cooler and the numerous fans provided certainly made the temperature comfortable inside. It definitely cooled off at night and we were almost too cold while we slept!
Inside the home is a binder with information on local wildlife, area sights & recommendations, and directions for best use of the space to keep everything working properly. The one bummer was that we were unable to get the grill to work, and we had some problems there.
We had a fantastic trip and would definitely consider staying here again!