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Hello dear campers! We are only open part time now, so do check our calendar often. We follow Covid-19 cleaning guidelines, and strive to keep each cabins campers separate. BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING! See below...

We invite you to sleep in our "rustic bohemian" cabin (unfurnished) with solar electricity and cozy patio! Excellent cell reception, solar powered plugs, potable


Hello dear campers! We are only open part time now, so do check our calendar often. We follow Covid-19 cleaning guidelines, and strive to keep each cabins campers separate. BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING! See below...

We invite you to sleep in our "rustic bohemian" cabin (unfurnished) with solar electricity and cozy patio! Excellent cell reception, solar powered plugs, potable wash up sink and cold water shower, PLUS private bathroom with flush toilet. The cabin is not air conditioned or heated. Easy drive to Joshua Tree National Park and 3 minutes to JT village with local shopping, JT Saloon, Saturday Farmer's Market. We have another cabin camp site at the JT Bom - The Porte Cochere - just as fabulous!! - on the opposite side of the property. We respond quickly to inquiries and questions.

PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT PROVIDE BEDDING - so bring your own sleeping bags, air mattress/pads, blankets, pillows, flashlights, towels, etc. Make it your own cozy space. Please check weather and dress appropriately, nights are chilly in the desert up till May.

WE MEET AND GREET our campers in front of the JT Saloon at 61835 29 Palms Hwy (Hwy 62) and Park Bl. in Joshua Tree, and we will lead them to the camp site.

Sorry, no large parties or events allowed. It's simply a matter of impact, noise, treading lightly, only one toilet, etc... This is private property and you are on it by permission. We want to keep your desert camping experience authentic. Feel free to book both cabins for your group of 12 campers max, to ensure privacy and you get the whole campground to yourselves.

We do not allow RV's due to narrow driveway and nowhere to turn around. While dogs are allowed, we must know about it ahead of time, and be aware that there is another camp site on the other side of the main building that may be occupied, and may not like wandering pooches. Also note that the property is not fenced and the main highway is close by. Your dog must be well trained not to run off. Please pick up after your dog. Thank you!

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 3 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 8% off
  • Response time: Within an hour


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at The Desert Pensione Joshua Tree in California.


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Hipcamper Emily
Emily B.
recommends this listing.
May 1st, 2021

The Desert Pensione is just the solitude I needed. Very off grid and completely unique space designed by Jimbo and Cheryl. It was truly a pleasure staying in this gem of a space and I hope to be back soon!

Hipcamper Lisa
Lisa C.
recommends this listing.
February 23rd, 2021

We loved staying at this gorgeous little camp! Cheryl and Jimbo were fantastic and friendly hosts and were helpful in making sure we arrived safely. Jimbo greeted us upon our arrival to show us around the camp. The views were beautiful, and the stargazing at night was stunning! This is a wonderful place to stay if you are hoping to explore Joshua Tree or if you want a cute place to get away.

Hipcamper Christa

One-of-a-kind base camp 4 adventure

Christa M.
recommends this listing.
February 15th, 2021

If you're looking for a truly one-of-a-kind camping experience close to everything Joshua Tree has to offer, look no further than Cheryl and Jimbo's place. Their Hipcamp was the perfect base camp for all our desert adventures -- it was just ten minutes from grabbing coffee and breakfast, outdoor art galleries, and stores/boutiques in Joshua Tree proper. It was also roughly 20 minutes from the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. If you think that the little cabin might be too cold in the chilly desert winters, think again! The little cabin is well-insulated, so with the proper sleeping bag and blankets we were comfortable and warm all night long.

But the best part wasn't the property (which was incredible), it was our hosts! Cheryl and Jimbo are proactive and responsive, going above and beyond to make sure your stay is comfortable. They even gave us excellent recommendations for local favorite hikes and restaurants. I am crossing my fingers that I get to stay with Cheryl and Jimbo again!

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Hipcamper Cheryl and Jimbo
Response from Cheryl and Jimbo, the Host, on February 18th, 2021

Thank you so much for all the kind words! We love hosting campers and providing a fun yet relaxing place to stay in Joshua Tree. We appreciate you very much!

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Hipcamper Hiroko
Hiroko M.
recommends this listing.
January 3rd, 2021

We met Cheryl at the meeting place and she took us to the place. She was very kind and explained about the property very well. The first day was very cold night, we couldn’t sleep well. The next morning we went to wallmart (only 10 min away) and bought sleeping bags for 20F. That works very well and 2nd night was great 👍 We could see beautiful stars at the night. We want to come back maybe in the summer!

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Hipcamper Kathryn

A favorite for the entire family.

Kathryn B.
recommends this listing.
January 1st, 2021

This was a great location. We only stayed one night and we would suggest staying longer. It was cold but with preparation it was not bad. Spend the extra for the running water. Space is 7 feet by 14.5 feet so room for two queen air mattress. We had diesel heater and a 100amp AGM for our needs but they also have lights and enough power for air mattress blowup. Not enough for an entire night so make sure to bring flashlights. We were prepared for my husband Cpap machine with a pure sine wave inverter. So bring your battery pack for your electronics. Signal was great so there was entertainment for the kids (ages 2&5) after dark. We stopped to pick up pizza before our meeting and it was yummy. The location is easy enough to grab things before settling for the night.

Hipcamper Lisa
Lisa B.
recommends this listing.
December 28th, 2020

Amazing. A magical trip 🤗

Hipcamper Jenn
Jenn A.
recommends this listing.
December 13th, 2020

This place was great, just like the description!

Hipcamper Maddy
Maddy G.
recommends this listing.
November 29th, 2020

We loved staying at this quaint spot right outside of Joshua Tree NP. Jimbo was flexible with our arrival time, greeted us and oriented us to the site, and we had everything we needed (water, bathroom, the small cabin was warmer than the outside which was nice for a freezing night!). Everything was clean, would definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Claudia

Dessert glamping!

Claudia L.
recommends this listing.
November 29th, 2020

Great spot for glamping! We slept comfortably in the Pensione. We enjoyed the privacy. Bathrooms were nice, even though the campers on the other side used our bathroom:(. Jimbo was very helpful and responded quickly to the matter or questions we had. There is a shower but did not use it as it had no hot water running. It comes from a tank. We would come back but expect to take a cold shower, which works well in the summer (not fall or winter time.). I loved having a bit of solar electricity at night to charge our phones. Overall experience we would come back as a step up from actual camping. You are six minutes away from Joshua Tree National Forest visitor center which is a plus. Very convenient location a few minutes from town.


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