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Our Grand Tipi is a camper's soul retreat. Comfortably appointed and lovingly designed, this 28' diameter, 600 sq. ft. lodge is more open floor plan home than tent. View desert flora/fauna from the comfort of your private space. There is a king size bed, an extra long couch and we can add a couple of comfy cots, sleeping a total of 5 campers. Fresh drinking water, coffee & t

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Our Grand Tipi is a camper's soul retreat. Comfortably appointed and lovingly designed, this 28' diameter, 600 sq. ft. lodge is more open floor plan home than tent. View desert flora/fauna from the comfort of your private space. There is a king size bed, an extra long couch and we can add a couple of comfy cots, sleeping a total of 5 campers. Fresh drinking water, coffee & tea 24 hrs.

Our homestead Camp Temenōs sits on the north edge of the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve in California's Mojave Desert with a trail from our back gate into the preserve. (Guided hikes and topo maps available upon request) We're 9 miles from Yucca Valley, 5 miles from charming Pioneertown and the legendary music venue Pappy & Harriet's, a 30 min drive to Joshua Tree National Park, an 18 min drive to the Integratron & Giant Rock, and a few minutes' walk away from sweet, complete solitude in a true desert wildland full of riparian corridors and boulder-rich canyons. The desert truly is alive and our neighborhood makes a great basecamp.

Our family home is in the center of a 1.25 acre property and there are 3 cultivated spaces available for rent in the corners of the acre (the 1950 Spartan Mansion, the large tipi and the small tipi) as well as several good tent spots and an RV electric hookup site (no septic).

We have a private, heated bathroom/showerhouse, a hot & cold outdoor shower, an outdoor kitchen with fridge, hot/cold dishwashing sink and campstove and several communal spaces on the property to enjoy a fire, grill, sit, contemplate... Temenos means sanctuary. We hope that you will enjoy the restorative sanctuary we are working on creating here.

Lodging provided
Yurt
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 5 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Climbing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Grand Tipi @ Camp Temenōs in California.

Desert

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Hipcamper patrice
Patrice C.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2022

We had a wonderful experience with Karen and Chris. They were very welcoming, their property is well equipped, the ambiance is unbeatable, and the accommodations were clean and inviting! Thank you and your family for the fantastic memories!!

Hipcamper Judy

Such a magical campground!

Judy W.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2022

This place was just what we needed to start off the summer! We took our kids (9, 7, 5 and 8 mos) and stayed one night. They were all so excited to explore the campground which had something to see at every corner. We played with the games, frisbees, and of course the cold plunge pool during the early evening and morning. The beds were comfortable and the hosts were wonderful! The kids loved climbing the tree, who doesnt! The breakfast in the morning was such a bonus - the host was extremely generous with the servings. We enjoyed our brief stop at this town and would love to visit and stay again!

Hipcamper Stine Hune

Glamping with kids

Stine Hune K.
recommends this listing.
April 17th, 2022

We stayed two nights in the large tipi and we loved everything about Camp Temeños. Karen and Chris have a great place and we felt very welcome on their ground. The tipi was very spacious and luxurious. The breakfast was fresh and good. And we could even cook our own dinner on site. Would recommend this site for everyone.

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Hipcamper Adam

Awesome glamp-site!

Adam P.
recommends this listing.
February 7th, 2022

What a special place.

The grand tipi was comfortable and so photogenic, especially as the stars came out. The tipi overlooks a vast desert of Joshua Trees and mountains in the distance, with quails and other birds flittering by (they have bird-feeders set up to attract them, a nice touch).

Our host Chris was kind and thoughtful with his touches -- including pre-building a fire in the fireplace, so all I had to do was light a match. He set up a cot with an extra heated-blanket for our toddler, and even let us borrow some headlamps. Another thoughtful touch was, they provided a wagon that we could load our bags onto, so we didn't have to make a dozen trips between the car and the tipi -- which turned into a ride for our kid! Ha.

I don't think it's mentioned in the description, but there was a nice simple breakfast every morning -- various fruits and granolas, hard boiled eggs, and coffee/teas -- perfect for starting the day. And the outdoor kitchen was stocked with a fridge with various milks and drinks and condiments, that we were welcome to partake in. The tap water is drinkable, so you don't need to pack a ton of bottled water.

We stayed in early February, so it was definitely cold at night, but totally do-able if you have an adventurous attitude. Between the indoor fireplace, the heated blankets and heated mattress, and our various jackets/gloves/hats, we were just fine.

Overall, highly recommended!

Hipcamper Daniel

Amazing desert stay!

Daniel M.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2021

The large tipi we stayed in was spacious, comfortable and really was a fairly magical setting. Our hosts were extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating. We found it to be beautiful country - remote and quiet. We had our three little children (5 and under) and they had a great time! Highly recommended!

Hipcamper Sheila
Sheila A.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2021

Karen and Chris were great host!
The Tipi was amazing, clean, and assemble! My daughter who is 1 was running around and enjoying the space. Although it was cold, the fire pit and heating blanket helped a lot!
I would highly recommend booking your stay here at Camp Temenos!

Hipcamper Christopher

Wow! better than advertised!!

Christopher S.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2021

Karen and Chris are such fabulous hosts. I came in hot and from the first second, they helped me relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Everything was so clean and the food was so amazing. I am so grateful they let me stay at their place and I highly recommend! Thanks again K and C!!

Hipcamper Chris
Chris Y.
recommends this listing.
March 31st, 2021

Karen and Chris’ campsite was an amazing and beautiful experience. The campground has many helpful amenities that made such a big difference in our stay, from the continental breakfast and coffee every morning, to their sweet dog Gus greeting us in our tipi every once in a while, to the plentiful chairs around the campsite for us to sit around and watch the stars. Karen’s hospitality from the moment we got there to when we left was what made the trip even more special, and we really enjoyed staying at their campsite. It was the perfect getaway with amazing hosts.

Hipcamper Brianna
Brianna A.
recommends this listing.
March 8th, 2021

My stay at The Grand Tipi was beyond my expectations! The tipi was very large and beautifully built. It included a heated bed (as it did it quite cold at night), a large sofa, a fireplace, a sink with running water, and even a mini fridge! Karen and Chris were very kind and answered all the questions and inquiries we had about where to eat, shop, and hike. We especially enjoyed playing with their dog Gus. A small and delicious breakfast was provided at 830am every morning. There was also an outdoor shower which I enjoyed after my morning hike. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nature get away!

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