Hipcamp host Rhonda H.,
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Unwind, relax and find your own Desert Solitude. Pitch your tent on a private sandy beach overlooking a desert wash and rolling hills complete with picnic table, barbecue, chaise lounge chairs and a large vintage Ben Franklin outdoor fireplace. Fall asleep to coyotes calling and wake up to birds singing! Laugh at the antics of the antelope ground squirrels, roadrunners, ja


Unwind, relax and find your own Desert Solitude. Pitch your tent on a private sandy beach overlooking a desert wash and rolling hills complete with picnic table, barbecue, chaise lounge chairs and a large vintage Ben Franklin outdoor fireplace. Fall asleep to coyotes calling and wake up to birds singing! Laugh at the antics of the antelope ground squirrels, roadrunners, jack rabbits and Cottontail bunnies. Fall under a peaceful desert spell and leave rejuvenated!

A few steps down a trail leads you to the Gypsy Camp Trailer where you will find everything you need for the Pampered Camper! This beautiful 1950's vintage trailer is totally equipped for a deluxe Glamping experience. The bathroom has a shower/tub combo and a composting toilet. The kitchen is fully equipped down to organic herbs and spices, California Olive oil and organic locally roasted coffee.

Gypsy Springs Ranch is a Permaculture ranch in progress. We strive to conserve water and lessen our footprint wherever possible. The Trailer has a grey water system that feeds the desert landscape. Due to strict county ordinances, sleeping and cooking in the trailer is prohibited. There is a shaded outdoor kitchen set up just outside the trailer door complete with propane stove, propane included. Gardening, composting, permaculture lessons and garden tours available. Other pampering amenities available. Ask for the list.

Gypsy Springs Ranch is only a 25-minute drive to Joshua Tree National Park where you can spend an enchanting day exploring this amazing national treasure and then come back to your own quiet, private camp. So, grab your tent and sleeping bag and head for the Magical Mojave Desert. I look forward to sharing my beautiful Oasis with you!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 3 guests per site
Walk to listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Rhonda a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Joshua Tree Gypsy Camp in California.


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Hipcamper Caleb

Artistic stargazing & woodstove

Caleb H.
recommends this listing.
November 1st, 2021

Perfect spot to represent what Hipcamp is all about. Rhonda takes a lot of care in making the space so hospitable. Even had the fire in the woodstove already made just to light! Never seen that level of preparation. Lovely space on the edge of some hills, perfect stargazing spot. Follow her directions for access! Border road is paved, others are not. Wouldn't recommending riding a motorcycle there, unless a dual sport, lots of sandy roads around. All in all, lovely stay and would return on next trip to Joshua Tree.

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel S.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2021

Great camp! The entire property is artfully designed and appointed. Franklin fireplace and grill easy to use. A full camp kitchen! There’s even a marked path to a padded bench on a neighboring hill. Sweeping views and beautiful evenings. All near J Tree! What more can I say? Couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Thanks Rhonda.

Hipcamper Rachel

Just book this place!

Rachel L.
recommends this listing.
October 24th, 2021

Rhonda and this gypsy gem was such an amazing place to chill at for our trip to Joshua Tree. You’ll definitely be spoiled with more offered here than any other Hipcamp I’ve been at. And Rhonda was super kind and just a call/text away. Will definitely be coming back for our next desert trip!

Hipcamper jeff

Meandering through gypsy camp

Jeff M.
recommends this listing.
June 13th, 2021

Rhonda met my wife & I upon arrival to tour the camp site. She was friendly & informative. Everything was “as advertised” PLUS.

We has a wonderful relaxing time hiking & camping in a weekend with temps north of 100.

Close to entrance of J-Tree NP.

Thnx 4 sharing your Gypsy Camp Rhonda ..

Hipcamper Myke Dodge

A dream within a dream

Myke Dodge W.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2021

Joshua Tree Gypsy Camp is exactly what a visit to the desert (or anywhere) should be: Experiencing a different way of life through the hospitality and creativity of a genuine local. Rhonda has lived on this patch of land for a good while (ask her), and over the years she's built this magical oasis rock by rock, tree by tree, path by path. Her love of the desert and all its myriad life forms is evident everywhere you look, from the sustainable permaculture installations to the names she's given to each individual rattlesnake. The fact that you're here on Hipcamp and not that other site means you can probably handle the heat and the dust and the wild elements that rule the day out here, but Rhonda has done everything possible to make your stay as easy and comfortable as possible. You can't sleep in the trailer due to zoning restrictions, but it will surely become your de facto hangout spot. She provides an amazing shade structure, a camp stove with propane tank, and a wide array of fixings, cookware, etc. During the more temperate months (i.e., not now), you might make use of the Franklin fireplace and the campsite itslef, but there's nothing like playing a board game or two under the fairy lights and listening to the coyotes chat away in the night. It's good sportsmanship to abide by Leave No Trace rules and to be as self-sufficient as possible, but in the event that you slip up and forget something, Rhonda probably has you covered. All of which says nothing about the beauty of the surrounding area itself. Gypsy Camp is truly off the beaten path, and Rhonda has provided a short hiking trail with a beautiful moonrise viewing spot to take in the vistas. Sunrise and sunset are both spectacular from anywhere on the property, and it's a sizable enough plot to feel as if you have the desert to yourself. Be aware that, while everything is fairly proximate to the parking area, there is a short haul to the campsite proper, so it might behoove you to pack on the lighter side or bring a few strong friends. And, of course, people who appreciate the natural quiet of the desert will have the most going for them out here, as voices (human and animal alike) carry far. If you like your desert pleasures to hearken back to an earlier (i.e., pre-Instagram) time, and you appreciate a lovingly appointed homestead rich with creative detail, Joshua Tree Gypsy Camp will be a dream within a dream.

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Hipcamper Shelly

Sustainable desert “glamping”

Shelly C.
recommends this listing.
April 17th, 2021

Perfect glamping setup far out in the desert with arid permaculture practices evident in most nooks and crannies. There is “love” in every corner. Rhonda has clearly worked on this property for years, and it shows! My daughter and I had a great time. Rhonda supplied the propane and everything we needed for cooking gourmet meals - pons, pans, wine glasses, camp stove, even a carrot peeler, strainer, olive oil and spices! You just bring the groceries, a tent and a sleeping bag. She even provides wood for the Ben Franklin oven, charcoal, lighter fluid, fire starters and a covered tablecloth picnic table, along with her very own local bunny rabbit and quirky desert art everywhere you look. The trailer has art supplied and a wonderful day bed if you need to get out of the wind or hot sun during the day.

Note: I was able to get there in my Tesla, but there is a two mile bumpy dirt road so SUV would be a better choice!

Comfy day bed in the cool breezy trailer (April). Loved the Swedish compost toilet. No smell! Glad I got a chance to see how this works so I can gain confidence at home.A welcome sight! Rhonda was fantastic on the way in, she made sure we got there safe and sound. My daughter got the grand tour and I was shortly behind her.Bring groceries for delicious meals! Rhonda provides everything you need for cooking, including oil, spices, coffee and bottled water.
Hipcamper LeAnne

Magical camp

Le Anne F.
recommends this listing.
April 14th, 2021

This is and amazing space with everything you could ever need. There are so many thoughtful touches and Rhonda is so sweet. We loved staying here and will be back!

Hipcamper Christina

Magical place <3

Christina R.
recommends this listing.
March 30th, 2021

Me and my two girlfriends had an incredible stay at gypsy camp! Rhonda is very very sweet and put a lot of love and care into her place. She greeted us and gave us a tour which was helpful. Lots of great amenities to make camping more comfortable, toilet, shower, sink and she has a stove to use, charcoal grill and the fire place is so nice. Literally everything you need! Thank you so much Rhonda!! We hope to be lucky enough to stay here for every J Tree trip we plan <3

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Hipcamper JJ

Beautiful desert garden stay

Jj R.
recommends this listing.
March 29th, 2021

Rhonda’s garden and trails made for the perfect campsite. We loved the views from her hill and the amazing fire/grilling set up. We were also well sheltered from the wind by her copse of trees.


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