Hipcamp host Lori P.
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The spacious two bedroom 1940s Rock homesteader cabin on acreage has a great outdoor space for entertaining. Take in the expansive views in every direction from the porch swing, fire up the grill, and enjoy the starry skies as you gather around the fire pit. The cabin is one of the oldest structures in the area and is said to have been built before the existence of La Conten


The spacious two bedroom 1940s Rock homesteader cabin on acreage has a great outdoor space for entertaining. Take in the expansive views in every direction from the porch swing, fire up the grill, and enjoy the starry skies as you gather around the fire pit. The cabin is one of the oldest structures in the area and is said to have been built before the existence of La Contenta Road. We imagine that the rocks used, which are not native to the area, must have been transported across the desert landscape by Model T. Luckily, we've got roads now! The house sits at the corner of La Contenta and Covington Flats, a little-known "back" entrance to the national park, away from the crowds. Many artistic touches inside and out. This house is great for adventurous families and groups of friends. Plenty of parking.


  • 1100 square foot home.
  • 2 bedrooms: 1 king-sized bed, 1 full-sized bed. 2 long couches in the open format living room.
  • 1 bathroom with custom tile work.
  • Full-sized kitchen equipped with cookware and custom tile work.
  • Porch swing, grill, and a number of outdoor seating areas.
  • Stone fireplace, wood burning stove and evaporative cooler allow for comfortable temperatures year round.
  • Additional bunk house is located on the property with a double bed/twin bunk bed and couch. Great alternative to camping on the property if your party is larger than 6.
  • Free Wifi.
  • All linens and towels provided.
  • Pet-friendly, fenced yard.
Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 24 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Lori a message!
  • 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 an hour
  • Response rate: 80%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Joshua Tree Rock House in California.


The vibe at Joshua Tree Rock House

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Hipcamper Brie
Brie W.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2017

The rock has was adorable and cozy! After exploring the national park and the town of Joshua tree we settled in at the rock house for a quiet evening! Lori has everything you need. A great place to cook, relax, play games, and watch the sunset by a fire!

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Hipcamper Rafael
Rafael J.
recommends this listing.
November 5th, 2017

My friends and I stayed here for the weekend and had a great time! Awesome cabin with very cool decorations and a beautiful scenery surrounding it. Lori was responsive and helpful. Right near Joshua Tree as well, of course. I highly recommend it

Hipcamper Moussa
Moussa J.
recommends this listing.
April 24th, 2018

beautiful place with amazing 360 views. Lori is a great host and very accommodating.

Hipcamper Avril
Avril H.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2018

A group of 11 of us stayed at Rock House and it was awesome!! So close to the National Park, where we did the West Side Loop hike which was beautiful. The Rock House was perfect for what we needed. We brought some airbeds and made use of the sofas and outhouse. There was plenty of space for outside activities and the fire pit was great. Would definitely recommend. Thanks for having us Lori!!

Hipcamper Sharon
Sharon S.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2018

This place was amazing! Lori was a very responsive and accommodating host. It was a perfect place for quick getaway from the city. There was about 5 adults, 2 kids, and a small pup. Super spacious for everyone and we had a ton of fun. Would definitely recommend to a family or small group of friends to enjoy

Hipcamper Luke
Luke B.
recommends this listing.
October 1st, 2018

Rock House is a fun quaint place to stay with a great location nearby the Joshua Tree National Park. Lori was a wonderful host, super friendly, and very responsive. We especially loved the fire pit which is right beside a beautiful Joshua tree. The surrounding mountains are magnificent, vibe is positive, and sunsets are simply amazing!

Hipcamper Josh

Nice little secluded cabin

Josh J.
recommends this listing.
February 19th, 2019

Lori was a super attentive host! The place where the cabin sits is really secluded and has some wonderful open desert and mountains just across the gravel road. We spent a considerable amount of time meandering through the desert and climbing around. The Covington Flats entrance is literally a few hundred yards away from this cabin. If you have a 4WD vehicle, this is a great spot for entering a more quiet part of Joshua Tree Natl. Park.

The cabin itself is pretty cozy, despite how overcrowed it feels with lots of thrift store finds. Shower was warm. We stayed during the snow over the Feb, 17 holiday weekend and we stayed warm using the wood burning fireplace in the center of the living room and kitchen portion of the cabin. That stove worked great as did all of the other amenities.

In the end, we really enjoyed our stay and would certainly go back again!

Hipcamper Eugene

A taste of the homesteader life....

Eugene S.
recommends this listing.
November 12th, 2019

It is hard to capture the essence of The Rock House at Thunderbird Lodge Retreat in a few words. It was a perfect rustic and homey getaway for my wife and me for three full days. The little compound decorated with "found art" evokes images of life in the high desert before big city folks started moving in. We could have happily spent our days just sitting under the lovely Joshua tree reading and drinking coffee or wine but the property sits across the street from a lightly used road into the National Park so excursions on foot or car to take in the flora and fauna of the high desert are easy. The last mile of travel to the property is on sand road and that is so appropriate and just adds to the "Hipcamper" (as opposed to glamper) image. Our host Lori was delightful and was at the house in minutes to deal with one minor issue.

Outside of town... night sky is wonderful.Lovely location to just sit and read.There is "found art" both inside and outside.We did not want to leave.
Hipcamper Lindsay

An atypical j-tree charmer

Lindsay Y.
recommends this listing.
November 18th, 2019

The Thunderbird Lodge was like walking into my favorite Antique store with so many fun pieces and memorabilia. We loved exploring around the property and finding "new" little tchotchkes in every corner. We particularly enjoyed that the house was made of primarily reused material, and the owner's pride in creating sustainable dwellings. The place definitely had J tree charm. Our dog loved sunbathing in the dust and it was so pleasant to not have to worry about him escaping the HUGE yard. He did however, walk into some cacti that had been on the ground so I'd warn to be careful with leaving your pets unattended. While there was some traffic on the dirt road next to us - there was a tour that took people off roading - in the mornings we woke up to birds and coyotes and fell asleep to the peace of the stars. Would definitely recommend, especially for photo shoots and events. It looks like they are going to be building an outdoor seating area with wine bottles and cement too... perfect for fall evenings.

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