Hipcamp host Mikey R.,
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The “ Desert Isle”is a sub terrainian private camping structure/windbreak in a far corner wth a palm frond roof, chill areas and sleeping spots for 6 folks and it's own fire ring. Feel free to set up a tent next to it as well or camp a group here utilizing the fun unique structure as a hub and gathering spot . Extra camper fees apply here after minimum and up to 3 cars near


The “ Desert Isle”is a sub terrainian private camping structure/windbreak in a far corner wth a palm frond roof, chill areas and sleeping spots for 6 folks and it's own fire ring. Feel free to set up a tent next to it as well or camp a group here utilizing the fun unique structure as a hub and gathering spot . Extra camper fees apply here after minimum and up to 3 cars near the site .

Lovelight Ranch is our 5-acre hippie paradise, centrally located in the Coachella Valley. We are near the amazing 1000 Palms Oasis and Coachella Valley Preserve for great day hikes and wildlife viewing, and also near the splendors of Joshua Tree and the high desert. We are within a half hours drive of Palm Springs, recently voted the hippest mid-sized city in the country and Coachella, home of the Coachella and StageCoach Festivals. We are also very near Sam's Hot Water Spa, a chemical free hot springs soaking experience which is the perfect ending to a day of hiking, climbing or just sight-seeing.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Mikey a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Hipcamper Franklin
Franklin E.
recommends this listing.
May 15th, 2022

We had an incredible time at Mikey's place. Mikey and his wife have added so many thoughtful touches — from the palm frond shelter to the outdoor kitchen to the many gathering spots they've set up for campers. We especially loved the sunrise from the campsite and all of the friendly dogs!

Hipcamper Leah
Leah S.
recommends this listing.
April 20th, 2022

Not only was our space extra comfortable but had a stargazing area as well. Mikey is a fantastic host and we can’t wait to come back. If you go be sure to spend some time in the gallery and viewing the many art installations 💚

Hipcamper Dakota
Dakota M.
recommends this listing.
April 4th, 2022

Thank you so much Mikey and his partner for such a wonderful stay! They were truly kind, compassionate hosts! I could not have imagined a better way to spend my birthday. We are already planning another trip back! :)

Hipcamper Pipo

Love lovelight ranch

Pipo F.
recommends this listing.
March 28th, 2022

Great atmosphere. Awesome space. Good vibes. Nice bed, shower, bathroom and kitchen.

Hipcamper Stella

We'll be back!

Stella C.
recommends this listing.
March 19th, 2022

We loved the Desert Isle shelter. We spent two nights there during a full moon, the skies were spectacular. Friendly, affectionate dogs were a bonus. Sitting by our fire under a full moon and stars, listening to the night sounds was heavenly. The sunken shelter is charming, peaceful and meditative. We could see staying there for a week and really settling in.

As others have mentioned, earplugs may be a must for you. The nighttime rooster chorus, near and far, was amusing but not the best for sleep. (Don't let this put you off. We just think knowing what to expect will steer away anyone for whom this place might be too eclectic/fun/funky, who might subsequently overlook its charm and warmth in their reviews. Folks who might fare better at a Best Western ;-)

In other words we loved being there and will come again.
This is definitely a HipCamp site. I can easily say it's not for everyone. We played a game of thinking of friends who would definitely not appreciate it's charms. But if you're looking on HipCamp, it's likely that IT IS for you. (And maybe your earplugs.)

We also think families with kids would love it. Dogs, a giant tortoise named Rocky, an outdoor kitchen, an art gallery, a variety of shelters, nights with live music, a pizza oven, swing sets ... what's not to love?!

Yeah, honestly, now that we're home, we can't wait to go back.

Thanks Mickey and JoAnne!

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel W.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
March 18th, 2022

The Desert Isle had been on my wishlist for quite some time so we were very excited to come stay here. Overall, I'm glad we checked it out. We felt it was a unique, eclectic stay and the hosts Mikey and JoAnne were very kind. We appreciated the thoughtfulness they put into the unique space they offer. Unfortunately, the site was close to a few other camps so it did not feel as private as expected. It is completely open except mostly closed on one side. The second night was very windy and we wound up with sand all over us and in the bed. Additionally, and to no fault of the hosts, the roosters on the ranch next to theirs kept us up both nights even with earplugs and a beanie on. They start before sunrise like 2am or so, and go pretty much all day. There is also land across the way that had some sort of party and the sound really echoed loudly to our campsite, it kept us up until at least 2/3am. We were joking that at least it drowned out the roosters... Which continued even after the music stopped. I can say, the hut itself is cute but really does need some repairing. It's missing a lot of palm fronds and you can tell a lot of them are very old and crispy. Lots of large gaps in the roof. The fire pit was great at night. It might be helpful to have a designated/labeled area for firewood, we brought a bit of our own but we and other campers were confused about certain wood piles being art or firewood haha :P I hope the hut can be improved so I can recommend it to my friends :)

Hipcamper Rylee

Desert getaway :)

Rylee G.
recommends this listing.
March 6th, 2022

Mikey was great, welcomed us even though we got there around 10pm! The dogs were so sweet and we loved hanging out with them in the mornings and playing fetch! The property has tons of awesome art and the other campers on the property had great vibes! It was very windy while we were staying, and Mikey was so considerate to offer us a spot inside, we ended up staying in the shelter which offered great wind and rain coverage. We will definitely be back:)

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Hipcamper Sean

Our favorite spot

Sean M.
recommends this listing.
February 18th, 2022

We had the most amazing time at Mikey’s place. Spiritual, reflective, and beautiful. The dogs and Rocky were the best! Mountain Views didn’t hurt (; we will definitely be back…Mikey was a welcoming and generous host. We stayed in Desert Isle and had a mystical time. You won’t regret staying here!

Hipcamper Harley
Harley S.
recommends this listing.
January 31st, 2022

This is my second time staying at Lovelightranch and both times have been amazing! My boyfriend and I booked the Desert Isle and the bed was super comfy, we had clean sheets and we never got cold. I highly recommend Mikey’s place! It’s the best🥰

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Hipcamper Mikey
Response from Mikey, the Host, on February 2nd, 2022

Harley is our favorite kind of visitor , a return visitor . We’ve had the pleasure of having her here twice and welcome an annual pilgrimage .

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