Joshua Tree National Park is an incredibly special place. Its mystifying desert landscapes promise spiritual experiences for all those who visit, inherently having some of the best stargazing in southern California. Far from popular crowded cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego, the park sits in between the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, surrounded by not only the desert town of Joshua Tree, but also Yucca Valley, Pioneertown, Twentynine Palms, and Palm Springs.
Visitors will find beautifully rugged rock formations, twisted Joshua trees, sandy grounds, and stunning views of the horizon, while also enjoying the vast amount of stars that shine in the night sky. I had the pleasure of staying in one of the fancier Airbnbs that Joshua Tree had to offer, with a big group who wanted a glamping experience. Our luxurious home for that weekend presented the most amazing desert views, while comfortably housing 17 people.
With that being said, if you’re looking for a desert retreat getaway, here are 13 of some of the coolest and best Joshua Tree Airbnbs to check in to (mostly hosted by Superhosts!), while embracing your time off-grid.
Airbnb Joshua Tree: 13 Rare Places to Book!
1. Casa Cabin
This cute Joshua Tree cabin can house five guests in its modern-rustic structure. Complete with a potbelly stove, cowboy tub, hot tub, fire pit, and BBQ grill, you can settle in with good food and captivating desert views. It also comes with Aventon electric bikes that you can use to get around town, and the hosts recommend getting up early to watch for “friendly critters.”
2. Tranquil, Modernist Desert Oasis
Characterized by modern architecture, this house has three bedrooms that boast simplicity and class. Its interior is decorated with curated art collections, designer furnishings, and cathedral ceilings, and the place also comes with a hot tub and BBQ grill.
3. Pink Sky Casita
Another classy place with desert-inspired decor, this guesthouse has only one bedroom. It comes with sun loungers near its hot tub to relax on during the day and a fireplace to keep you warm when it gets cold at night.
4. Geodesic Dome House
This comfy dome house sits on two and a half acres, with a lovely view of the mountains. Consisting of four bedrooms, you’ll catch 360 degree views of the sky from every window. This unique vacation rental has a spiral staircase inside and also comes with a jacuzzi, propane fire pit, and WiFi.
5. Kind of Blue 1959 Airstream
If you’ve ever dreamed of quitting your day-to-day job to live in a remodeled van and travel around the USA, then this is the best Airbnb for you. This renovated 1959 Airstream holds desert inspired treasures inside, while sitting behind a gorgeous outdoor deck, with hammocks to sit in while watching the sun set over the horizon.
6. Starship Landing: Aurora
This fun and funky place brings a retro feel to the desert atmosphere, and with housing up to eight guests, you can have quite the party. Not only is there a hot tub and cowboy pool, but there’s also a pool table, Mortal Kombat arcade, XXL Jenga, XXL Connect 4, a six-person hammock circle, a record player, and more. If you want to explore, this property is walking distance to 6,000 acres of private hiking that it borders.
7. Area 55 Futuro House
This quirky, two bedroom vacation rental is truly one of a kind. If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world experience, then this is the perfect home for you. It’s one of 85 in the world, 19 in the U.S., and the only one you can spend the night in! Not only does it use solar power to charge your electronic devices, but it also comes with hot outdoor showers and an outdoor equipped kitchen.
8. Invisible House- Skyscraper
This incredible Airbnb gets its name from its design, consisting of a mirrored 22-story horizontal skyscraper that disappears into its surroundings by reflecting the vast desert landscape. Inside lies a luxurious 100-foot indoor swimming pool that contrasts with High Desert surroundings, and the 90 acre property has its own 4,000-foot mountain.
9. Modern Stargazing Bubble Tent
If you haven’t caught on by now, you would learn that Joshua Tree is known for its vast night skies, where tourists see stars and constellations that you wouldn’t be able to see in the city. This bubble tent is perfect for stargazing, as you can settle into its bedroom inside a literal clear bubble, so that you can relax in bed while admiring the breathtaking sky.
10. Serenity Dome Oasis
This boho dome gives off a summery feel with its large oasis pool and hot tub. Decorated by local muralists, this small hideaway is for a more quiet, peaceful trip. You can unwind in the Adirondack chairs while enjoying the boundless desert view or soak in the hot tub while looking up at the stars.
11. Moon Camp
This unique desert retreat is powered entirely by solar panels and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and Joshua trees. With three primary structures, you can enjoy your privacy inside this camp-inspired set up, complete with a fire pit, hammocks, and lounge chairs in the middle.
12. Bonita Domes and Pool
If you’re traveling with a big group like I did, then you should definitely consider this amazing Airbnb. Constructed in the Cal Earth technique of Super Adobe, this natural looking architecture is one of a kind. Complete with a modern, desert-inspired pool, this place requires respect for the quiet nature of the area, as its entire property offers unique spaces for you and your group to hang around and lounge at.
13. The Joshua Tree Village House
Built in the 70s, the Joshua Tree house mimics a typical single family home. The living room has a large sectional sofa where you can enjoy Netflix or play some music on the record player. Its full kitchen includes everything you’ll need to cook or BBQ, and there are enough bedrooms to sleep six guests. Downtown Joshua Tree is also just under a 10-minute drive away if you need to pop into town for some things.
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