My boyfriend and I are currently from the Joshua Tree to Seattle. During the booking process, our camp host Mel was responsive and accommodated a last minute change to our reservation. The camp was a luxury after weeks on the road: from a three burner cook top stove, hammock, fire pit, cold water shower, and outhouse. The highlight of our stay was the fully functioning ranch. I highly recommend booking the morning chore tour to get hands on experience of milking goats, bottle feeding kids, gathering eggs, picking seasonal vegetables from the large garden, and afterwards, receiving a bounty of farm fresh goods. Additionally, Mel’s adorable grandchildren were such informative and enthusiastic tour guides and provided entertaining anecdotes to life on the ranch. Needless to say, Nana’s Ranch has everything you could want and more.
I booked at The Bird Line as an opportunity to show a close friend of mine the desert before she made an out of state move. I chose The Bird Line because of its close access to Joshua Tree, the location's sublime scenery (it turns out, that The Bird Line is surrounded by BLM lands against the backdrop of the Cleghorn Lake and Sheephole Valley Wilderness), and the space's eclectic and minimalistic design. There are such fun things to look at in the shelter, including a mostly working vintage typewriter and a hanging installation of hand carved wooden birds. Micheal, The Bird Line host, was extremely accommodating and friendly. He had a wealth of knowledge about current events in the High Desert and nearby hiking trails. My friend and I ended up attending a two day show at The Palms Bar and Restaurant, that featured a phenomenal line up of musicians and bands harkening from across the West Coast. Overall, great accommodations and inviting environment. I will most definitely booking another stay.