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Dragonfly Hill Desert Farm

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· Desert Hot Springs, California
3 acres
10 sites
2 Lodging
8 RV/Tent
Welcome to DragonflyHill Desert Farm & Wildlife Habitat where you can experience desert magic, starry skies, and natural mineral water. Remote enough for a quiet retreat yet easy to get to and only a short drive to amenities and outdoor adventures! Please read the entire listing description, including our rules and our ever changing Coronavirus (COVID 19)  protocols, to assure we’re the right space for you. We welcome guests new to Hipcamp but please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Hipcamp platform. Hipcamp travel is very different from public campgrounds.  At DragonflyHill Desert Farm and Wildlife Habitat you will be guests in our home. Please have your profile completed with full verification and payment method with Hipcamp. Message us via the Hipcamp platform with an introductory inquiry and communicate with us throughout your trip planning process from reservation to departure. Camp in your own tent, RV or camper  under the starlit desert sky on our beautiful desert farm and wildlife habitat.  There are no assigned spaces in our listing on the Hipcamp platform.  In this way we can tailor your location to your needs. (Do you want to be near bathrooms or away from other  campers?  Do you want to be near the  main house?  What type of space does your trailer need?, etc).  Some spaces have fire pits though during high winds and dry seasons, campfires are not allowed. We can provide your RV/camper with water but currently do not have waste disposal. For an extra fee we can offer a 20amp hookup to 3 campsites.  For an additional fee, pets are allowed at campsites. We welcome and encourage guests with service and support animals to stay with us.  (See rules). All animals must have current vaccination records.  We are one mile down a well maintained and navigable dirt road,  20 minutes to Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Desert. We're near the Cabazon outlets, 2 hours to Los Angeles, Disneyland, beaches. There are local wildlife preserves, hiking and outdoor activities. We are half an hour to Joshua Tree and Coachella.  We truly are in the middle of nowhere and the center of everything. For folks traveling in winter, we’re considerably warmer than Joshua Tree and the High Desert. Immediate neighbors are small farmers and ranchers. Our land is 130 feet wide by an eighth of a mile deep in a residential neighborhood with lots 2.5-5 acres.  We can see and hear our neighbors.  Guests wanting a totally isolated experience may want a different listing. DragonflyHill Urban Farm is a working farm in a wilderness area. Guests should check weather forecasts prior to arrival and assure that they have the right equipment. There are occasional heavy rains and frequent high winds. It can get very hot in summer and reach freezing temperatures in winter.  Despite our proximity to the freeway and nearby cities, and our location in a residential neighborhood, this is very much a wilderness area.  Tent campers should be experienced campers with adequate equipment.  We affirmatively welcome children, but as this is a working farm in a wilderness area, parents  will need to be vigilant of their child's safety and activity while here. DragonflyHill Collective is a community of artisans, activists, craftspeople and farmers, working together to cultivate community, develop methodologies for living and working together in ever increasing paradigms of social justice and sustainability. Some members of the Dragonfly Team live on the premises at all times and will be here for the duration of your stay. The rest of the team are community members. All Team members work at DragonflyHill Desert Farm and Wildlife Habitat in different capacities, in cooperation and collaboration with each other. There are also community events at the farm, including urban farming though many activities, are just coming back after the pandemic. We hope to offer activities in the Fall. We regret that for the near future, we will not be offering our legendary breakfast. All activities will continue to be held outdoors and social distancing is required.   We love to hear about your travels and share our knowledge of our community and Southern California with our guests. It should be noted that we are not a museum community and our collective is not on display. Only 2-3 members of the community are currently responsible for hosting guests.  Community members are autonomous and during the pandemic and going forward, much of our community functions virtually.  DragonflyHill is a safe and sober space that is disability and LGBTQ affirmative, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-imperialist and de-colonialist, because anything else is just a bandaid. Core values of our work include attention to detail, fine craftwork and cultivating community.  DragonflyHill Desert Farm and Wildlife Habitat is an emerging space with new features changing regularly. We are not  a resort. Expect dry plants and patches during summer and into the fall.   As a farm, we may be a bit more rustic than your typical farm to allow for shelter for local wildlife. Our cultivation methods encourage biodiversity and though we are growing food, many of our crops resemble landscaping or natural habitat rather than garden patches. Currently we have habitat viewing areas, an herb garden, an orchard and palm trees. Plant varieties, wildlife and presentation may vary by season. Our farm specializes in herbs, fruit trees, desert and native plants,  and edible flowers. We also grow some sprouts and micro greens indoors. We cultivate community and share what we grow with our neighbors and our guests.  Guests have shared access to the outdoor kitchen and BBQ area, the orchards, gardens, patios, and grounds of the Desert Farm and Wildlife Habitat, and (for safety reasons)  limited access to the pool pond and spa (see all rules). Guests must use designated bathrooms and showers for bathing and bathroom needs. Wildlife is to be respected and unimpeded at all times. Guests may not go into private areas including other guest and residential spaces, work areas and storage areas. The pool pond is filled with local mineral water from our own well. The pool pond is cleaned professionally twice a week & is chlorinated. The pool pond  is not cleaned daily and is shared with wildlife. Debris from high winds and wildlife may contribute to the pool pond environment. Currently neither the pool pond nor the spa is heated. We are looking into passive solar heating options that are affordable and sustainable. See our rules for our policies specific to the use of the pool pond area. Local spas and resorts are available for day use and access to their pools and ponds for as little as $10 a day ($5 seniors).  We can provide laundry service and space for events and entertaining for a small fee. We speak: English and Spanish. We can communicate somewhat in French, Italian and Portuguese.
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Biking
Boating
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Hiking
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Desert
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Hot spring
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Desert Hot Springs, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Dragonfly Hill D.Joined in December 2019
Response rate: 100%
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107 ratings · 96 reviews
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Derek Z.recommends
January 29, 2023
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
The hosts were great. The facilities are nice. My parking pad was flat. The shared spaces and the outdoor cooking facility were well stocked. The outdoor shower was divine. I want to go back in the warm months for the pool pond. It looked amazing.
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Richard O.recommends
January 27, 2023
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
The amenities are pretty cool: hot showers, use of excellent outdoor bbq area. It is easy to get to Palm Springs and Palm Desert from Dragonfly Hill. Easy to find. A good value for the area.
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Su T.recommends
January 10, 2023
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Wonderful camping experience with thoughtful amenities that make living in the desert so much easier. Love the outdoor kitchen space that has a sink, counters and many utensils. Hosts work hard to keep everything working in good order and were excellent communicators. Mind you, it's a camping experience! We really loved the outdoor showers, the starry skies, the access to the Sand to Snow National Monument and the cozy camping space we had.
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Estelle R.recommends
January 2, 2023
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Camping with kids
Nice place to camp with our kids. The owners are always prevenant and did their best to make our stay perfect . We enjoyed the outdoor kitchen, and the ecologic bathroom ! We will come back in spring to try the naturel pool ...
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Sharon F.recommends
December 24, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Lovely space
Lovely space. The pool area is especially nice. They have electricity, water and the ability to recycle and compost, all of which are great to have when traveling in an RV. The neighbors were a little loud in the evening, but not after about 9:00 pm so it didn’t interfere with sleep. It’s well located near enough to Palm Springs to make it easy to get into town, yet still felt quite remote. There are a lot of rules but if you’re aligned with their philosophy (basic kindness and respect and being COVID conscious) it’s not a problem.
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Shannon C.recommends
December 16, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Great place and very nice host, would definitely stay again!
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Lori W.recommends
December 6, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Lovely stay
Lots of room. A perfect place for the price. ..
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Sonja J.recommends
December 5, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Great nice quiet place with a wonderful outside kitchen. We really enjoyed our stay. Lovely hosts, thank you to Emma and Andy.
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Claire E.recommends
December 4, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Hospitality in the Desert!
Very kind, accommodating hosts! Very clear directions. Facilities are extremely clean. We could see Mt San Jacinto from our site. It was a real bonus having firewood ready when we arrived. The location is great; we went on wonderful hikes Saturday and Sunday that were a relatively short drive away.
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Robert B.recommends
December 3, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Robert from Alberta
Very accommodating folks that go out of there way to make you feel at home and your belongings safe and secure the pool area is a lovely set up and the shower area is pretty neat too
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Jason B.recommends
November 28, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Desert Dragonfly oasis
What’s wonderful experience. Quiet and serene with easy access to all the essentials. Beautiful desert surroundings and close to Joshua Tree National Park and funky nearby towns. Look forward to returning.
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Robert B.recommends
November 16, 2022
Extended stays: Living the Van Life
A tidy and private place unique and comfortable place, one of the better quieter rests sleeps I had on my trip and close enough to town
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Peter F.recommends
November 14, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
We had a great stay with the lovely people at DragonFlyHill! It s a very peaceful place and we were very lucky to enjoy the fabulous pool area despite the chilly temperature!
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Lorenzo F.recommends
November 10, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Very welcoming hosts with great facilities. We were there during bad weather and they were very accomodating and helped us shelter our tent.
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Chris V.recommends
October 30, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Gracious and helpful hosts… brought us sugar for our coffee when we forgot it. Spacious and clean campsites, outhouse, outdoor shower… would definitely recommend to friends.
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Adriana M.recommends
October 18, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
We loved staying with Emma and Andy. They were both very kind, the place is gorgeous and super clean. Would love to come back soon!
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Esther B.recommends
September 27, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Unexpected oasis
My husband and I loved this location. It’s close to Palm Springs, Joshua Tree NP, and Coachella. There are RV and camp sites for different types of camping and their natural mineral pool is so beautiful and very relaxing after a long day of exploring. They have an outdoor kitchen and fire place and community eating areas. There are two restrooms and outdoor showers. The hosts were very helpful and explained everything to us. We would definitely come again if we’re in the area. We paid a little extra for electrical. We were happy we did.
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Erin S.recommends
September 26, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
Dragonfly Stepping Stone
Dragonfly Hill Farms has been everything I was hoping for as a solo female camper trying to dial everything in for off-grid living. I camped there in my own tiny off grid trailer that is essentially like camping in a tent with sturdier walls lol. (i.e. no bathroom/running water and solar power to charge electronics). Dragonfly Hill was the perfect place for me to feel safe, figure out what my rig still needed all while being to shower easily and use one of two very clean, spacious and well maintained porta potties. I didn't get the opportunity this time around to use their outdoor cooking area but it is really nice , ample and well organized grilling area. I'm already looking forward to my next stay! Emma and Andy have such a special little property and truly made me feel comfortable about reaching out to them for anything I may have needed to settle in better. I could go on! But in the interest of not leaving a novel as a review, I'll finish by saying that I'm thrilled to have found a safe (cannot stress this enough), affordable and quiet place in the desert that is central to so much of what the area has to offer. Rural but not isolated. Great place, great people.
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Peter T.recommends
July 10, 2022
Extended stays: Living the Van Life
My experience at DFH!
I originally booked to stay here for a week. I have wanted to live in nature and live under the desert sky if you will. Well that being said I absolutely loved Dragonflyhill for it! I even extended my stay even longer. For the summer hot days just know it's very hot some days you gotta be ready for that, a fan is a must. I also have my amazing dog Mac. They love pets but you must respect other people's space. So a leash is a must. All in all I love the land and love the desert. If you have any questions just msg the owners they will answer any questions. P.S. By the way the pool area is amazing. The small community of people here are very sweet. Remember it's the desert & things are chill up here. Come check out!!
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Alex S.recommends
July 6, 2022
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The pool is magical and the grounds and community here are beautiful!
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Alex S.recommends
June 29, 2022
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This is a wonderful place with a wonderful vibe. There is a true sense of community here. The hosts are attentive and caring and the grounds are beautiful. The pool is an oasis and so very welcome on a summer afternoon.
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Samantha G.recommends
June 27, 2022
Extended stays: Living the Van Life
Moonlight Skies & Magical Vibes
Simply magical! Such beautiful views of the land surrounding you. Emma & Andy are the kindest & most accommodating, they’ve made it such a pleasure to stay here! The pool pond is absolutely serene & a must see. The Cottage is a piece of heaven on earth & truly a joy to be in. If you’re looking to get away from the hectic day to day, Dragonflyhill is the place to be. The outdoor showers are amazing & get you close to nature- the pressure & temperature is fabulous. The trees sing at night as the wind blows through, and the sky is light with a blanket of stars.
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Alex S.recommends
June 17, 2022
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An oasis in the California desert!
Dragonfly Hill is an oasis in the California desert. The pool is amazing and the outdoor kitchen is well stocked and inviting. The wind is soul cleansing, the night sky is beautiful and a welcome change from the city lights of LA.
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Luke M.recommends
June 2, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
I enjoyed staying here, they were friendly hosts. Feels remote from town but is only 20 minutes away.
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Alex S.recommends
May 31, 2022
Under Desert Skies: RV/Camper/Tents
This is a beautiful place with Amazing Hosts! I will stay here again and again! Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity that is Dragonfly Hill!
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