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22 Dreamiest Airbnbs in Joshua Tree to Rent For Your Desert Escape

Villa Kuro design centric airbnb

Updated: August 2020

Driving from LA to Joshua Tree has the effect of popping a quick Xanax. As soon as you’ve escaped the hustle and bumper to bumper traffic surrounding the city it’s suddenly just you vs nature under the stars and your heart beat almost seems to slow.

The desert oasis is equally eery as it is enchanting. It’s quiet. Really quiet. And for those accustomed to the omnipresent white noise of city life, it’s the ultimate place to unplug and regain a bit of balance and perspective. I think that’s why Joshua Tree has become such a beloved escape over the last decade; it truly feels like stepping into another world.

It also happens to be a mecca for mid-century modern architecture and desert-infused bohemian design elements that are reason alone to go. But while Airbnbs in Joshua Tree are plentiful, there’s such an overwhelming array of options that it can be hard to whittle down the best ones.

After years of saving my favorite rentals on Instagram, staying in a few myself, and scouring Airbnb for the best options, I’ve updated this list to include all the best Joshua Tree Airbnbs that will infuse your desert escape with the coolest design vibes and amenities, so you can truly feel at home.

Villa Kuro

Villa Kuro design centric airbnb
Villa Kuro design centric airbnb

Villa Kuro is a newer addition to the Joshua Tree scene, but has quickly become a favorite amongst Angelenos escaping to the desert. It’s the ultimate calming retreat — a neutral-lover’s paradise with natural colors and materials throughout the transformed 1960s ranch house. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi (finding beauty in imperfection), Villa Kuro provides the ultimate relaxing antidote to chaotic city life.

Location: Just 2.2 miles from the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center and a six minute drive to downtown Joshua Tree.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: King size beds with DreamCloud mattresses, outdoor shower and salt water hot tub, organic coffee by The Joshua Tree Coffee Company and a fully-stocked kitchen with a Breville, Vitamix blender, wine decanter, and both Chemex and Breville coffee maker.

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The Joshua Tree House

The Joshua Tree House Airbnb rental
Bedroom at The Joshua Tree House Airbnb rental
Bedroom in the Joshua Tree House Airbnb rental

One of the most popular Airbnbs in Joshua Tree, this renovated 1940s hacienda was beautifully designed with the intent to inspire a slow-paced way of life. From peaceful sunrises on the patio overlooking ancient Joshua Trees to a tranquil soak in the hot tub, you’ll enjoy every moment at the Joshua Tree House for its dreamy vibes and relaxing amenities.

Location: Located 10 minutes from the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park.

Sleeps: 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds (with ability to set up 3rd mattress).

Fun Amenities: Record player, local drip coffee in the mornings, wifi, hot tub and indoor fireplace.

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All Glass Modern Joshua Tree Villa

All glass modern house in Joshua Tree
All glass modern house in Joshua Tree
Stunning pool deck at the glass modern house in Joshua Tree

Who needs a luxury hotel when you can have this contemporary oasis all to yourself? Nestled amidst boulders on 3 acres of High Desert land, this all-glass modern villa is the dreamiest place to unwind with family and friends.

Location: Equally situated between the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park (15 minute drive) and Pioneertown (10 minute drive).

Sleeps: 8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds 

Fun Amenities: Saltwater pool and luxurious lounge chairs, full kitchen, heating and AC, tons of glass windows for the best views.

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The Moondance

The Moondance Joshua Tree
The Moondance Joshua Tree
The Moondance Joshua Tree

Modern and bohemian design meld beautifully at The Moondance, a former 1961 mid-century horse ranch estate reimagined. The perfect space for anyone seeking out hygge and healing, The Moondance is equally a place to spark creativity and fun, with epic views and games on site to bring groups together.

Location: 5 minute drive into Joshua Tree Village.

Sleeps: 10 guests · 3 bedrooms · 9 beds 

Fun Amenities: Cowboy Tub Pool and hot tub with lounge chairs, propane firepit and BBQ for grilling, horseshoe pit, XL Jenga and more!

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Whisper Rock Ranch

Whisper Rock Ranch interior
Whisper Rock Ranch
Whisper Rock Ranch hammock in Joshua Tree

This super IG-worthy abode is a 100% off grid home, fueled by solar energy, propane and water deliveries. With its open floor plan and plentiful windows, Whisper Rock Ranch is perfect for taking in the desert’s fiery sunsets and bright stars at night.

Location: Pioneertown, located within a short drive to Pappy & Harriet’s.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: Pool, jacuzzi, sauna, outdoor grill, Apple TV, and fully stocked kitchen.

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Merchant on the Road Airstream

Merchant airstream in Joshua Tree
Merchant airstream in Joshua Tree
Merchant airstream in Joshua Tree

For something more affordable and quirky, this photogenic airstream is the place to stay. Dreamy string lights give evenings at Merchant On The Road Airstream a romantic vibe, while the communal spaces on the campground have been thoughtfully curated by the mother daughter duo behind LA boutique Merchant Modern.

Location: Approximately 4 miles north of downtown Joshua Tree.

Sleeps: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 2 shared baths

Fun Amenities: Hot tub, pool, air conditioning and basic kitchen for cooking.

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El Rancho

Exterior of El Rancho Joshua Tree
Living room at El Rancho Joshua Tree

The pink outdoor shower alone might be reason enough to book this sweet secluded Joshua Tree Airbnb. Given the moniker El Rancho by its Los Angeles based owners, the space has been lovingly renovated with thoughtful hipster details and comforts that feel cozy even when you’re many miles away from city life.

Location: A bit more remote, El Rancho is located 20 minutes from downtown Joshua Tree along dirt roads. A 4WD vehicle is highly recommended.

Sleeps: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed 

Fun Amenities: Pink outdoor shower, bathtub, record player and wood stove fireplace.

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Read More: Get more details about my stay at El Rancho

The Zebra Shadow

The Zebra House Joshua Tree
The Zebra House Joshua Tree
The Zebra House Joshua Tree

This architectural gem is both a piece of art and a tranquil retreat in the desert. Located on 3.5 acres of private property, you can truly unwind away from it all at this contemporary dwelling. The Zebra Shadow is thoughtfully designed in shades of white, nude and black and is immaculately clean according to previous guests.

Location: 5 minute drive to downtown Joshua Tree and the entrance to the national park.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: Porch with picnic table for outdoor dining, built-in outdoor grill, cold water outdoor shower and 85-jet hot tub.

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Rock Reach House

Rock Reach House Joshua Tree
Rock Reach House Joshua Tree
Rock Reach House Joshua Tree

As seen in Dwell magazine, the Rock Reach House is a must for those who appreciate beautiful architecture and modern design. It’s one of the most highly covetable home rentals in the Yucca Valley, built in 2009 from almost entirely light-gauge galvanized steel with some wood accents throughout the interiors and furniture.

Location: This property is technically situated within the Rock Reach community in Yucca Valley, but it’s a short drive from both Pioneertown and Joshua Tree.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: Patio with jacuzzi, outdoor fireplace, local organic shower products from The Body Deli and covered parking.

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Dome in the Desert

Dome in the Desert airbnb rental in Joshua Tree
Dome in the Desert airbnb rental in Joshua Tree
Dome in the Desert airbnb rental in Joshua Tree

If you’re in search of true Joshua Tree character, this geodesic Dome in the Desert Airbnb is calling your name. For under $200 a night, stay with friends or a significant other to re-energize your mind and spirit in this bohemian desert dwelling that’s been featured in the likes of Goop, Condé Nast Traveler and Esquire.

Location: Just a few miles from downtown Joshua Tree.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: Enjoy a selection of antique books and games, as well as a natural wood burning stove and space heaters.

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SkyHouse Joshua Tree

Skyhouse Joshua Tree luxury airbnb
Skyhouse Joshua Tree luxury airbnb
Skyhouse Joshua Tree luxury airbnb

SkyHouse is a luxurious retreat in Joshua Tree with all of the amenities of city living balanced with serenity and deep connection to nature. With room for 6 guests and large spaces to gather like a chef’s kitchen and 1800 sq. ft outdoor deck, SkyHouse is the optimal escape for connecting with the ones you love.

Location: Sky House is just a few feet away from trail access to the Desert View Conservation Area of Joshua Tree National Park. Four minute drive to downtown Joshua Tree.

Sleeps: 6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 3 beds

Fun Amenities: Two car covered garage with electric car chargers, Sonos audio system, chef’s kitchen with oversized kitchen island, Belgian linen duvets and Nest Bedding mattresses, pool and outdoor shower.

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Casa Mami Pioneertown

Casa Mami Joshua Tree exterior shot
Casa Mami Joshua Tree interior shot
Casa Mami Joshua Tree interior shot

Located in Pioneertown, close by to beloved live music venue and restaurant Pappy & Harriet’s, Casa Mami is an intentionally designed space highlighting the owners’ favorite brands and products. The pueblo-style home has been completely renovated to help guests maximize the beauty of the desert with out-swinging french doors and a front porch perfect for taking in the starry night sky.

Location: Nine minutes driving to Pappy & Harriet’s and 20 minutes to the town of Joshua Tree.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: Outdoor Shower, mid-century Malm wood burning fireplace, SMEG fridge, Avocado Natural Queen Mattresses, Public Goods skincare products, and Vifa bluetooth speaker.

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Cabin Cabin Cabin

Cabin Cabin Cabin Joshua Tree
Cabin Cabin Cabin Joshua Tree
Cabin Cabin Cabin Joshua Tree

This quintessential Joshua Tree Airbnb features desert-inspired bohemian design that has become a trademark of the area. From the same hosts as Shack Attack and Dome in the Desert, Cabin Cabin Cabin is a fun spot for a weekend escape from superhosts who know how to make their guests at home.

Location: One of the most centrally located Airbnbs in Joshua Tree, Cabin Cabin Cabin is practically walking distance to all of the downtown entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and hiking. Five minutes drive to the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds 

Fun Amenities: Finished patio with string lights, Weber charcoal grill, hammock, and French press, coffee grinder and drip coffee maker available for your morning pick-me-up.

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Off-Grid itHouse

Off-Grid itHouse Joshua Tree
Off-Grid itHouse Joshua Tree
Off-Grid itHouse Joshua Tree

Sustainably built with raw industrial aesthetics, the Off-Grid itHouse has received many accolades for its stunning design, including ‘Best Homes in America’ by Dwell Magazine and one of the best houses in Southern California by the LA Times. If you’re seeking quiet seclusion or a creative escape, this remote, TV-free home is for you.

Location: This home is more remote, sitting 6 miles away from the center of Pioneertown on the opposite side of Joshua Tree.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: Indoor fireplace, floor to ceiling windows, Casper mattresses.

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Little Jo Cabin

Little Jo Cabin Joshua Tree
Little Jo Cabin Joshua Tree

No TV? No microwave? No problem! Say sayonara to modern comforts for a weekend escape at the Joshua Tree Little Jo Cabin. With sweeping desert views including unobstructed showings for sunrise and sunset from the front porch or patio, this perfect little Joshua Tree Airbnb is just what the doctor ordered. Plus, the renovated 1950’s homesteader’s bohemian design infused with natural materials will appease all your desert fantasies.

Location: 15 minutes outside of downtown Joshua Tree, 25-30 minutes away from the entrance to the national park.

Sleeps: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed 

Fun Amenities: Indoor fireplace, record player, guitar and outdoor shower!

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High Desert House

High Desert House Joshua Tree
Living room at High Desert House
Pool at High Desert House

High Desert House features stunning mid-century modern architecture and an idyllic 40 ft. saltwater pool to cool off in on those hot desert summer days. Even better, pups are allowed on property, so if you’re traveling with your furry companion this is a great Airbnb option for you.

Location: Situated between Pioneertown and downtown Joshua Tree, it’s about a 5.4 mile drive to the entrance of Joshua Tree National Park.

Sleeps: 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: Stone fireplace, saltwater pool, jacuzzi and outdoor patio dining.

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Seven Arches Joshua Tree

Exterior of Seven Arches Joshua Tree
Interior of Seven Arches Joshua Tree

This stunning renovated Spanish ranch from the 60s is like stepping into a dream. With a blank canvas of white washed walls, this gorgeous home features interior elements from the owners’ travels to places like Morocco, Oaxaca and Mexico City to give it an eclectic, global feel. Just a 1 minute drive from the popular La Copine restaurant, you’re in close proximity at Seven Arches to some of Joshua Tree’s local gems but remote enough to truly unwind.

Location: 20 minutes north of the heart of Joshua Tree.

Sleeps: 8 guests · 4 bedrooms · 4 beds 

Fun Amenities: Washer and dryer on site, outdoor movie screen, hot tub, indoor fireplace, and tons of outdoor games like corn hole, horseshoe toss, croquet, etc.

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The Shack Attack

Shack Attack Joshua Tree
Shack Attack Joshua Tree
Shack Attack Joshua Tree

This reimagined 1957 cabin in North Joshua Tree is the ideal remote space to escape it all. The tiny 500 square foot home makes up for its studio size in major style. Custom art pieces, thoughtful open shelving in the kitchen, a design-forward SMEG fridge and a beautiful seating area will draw design lovers to the Shack Attack.

Location: Located in a remote and secluded area of North Joshua Tree, you will need to drive at least 20 minutes to get to the National Park and main downtown area.

Sleeps: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed 

Fun Amenities: Outdoor soaking tub, collection of vinyl records, large walk-in shower, king sized bed.

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Flamingo Social Club

Flamingo Social Club home in Joshua Tree
Flamingo Social Club home in Joshua Tree
Flamingo Social Club home in Joshua Tree

If you’re looking for fun, quirky design and colorful photo opps for your Instagram feed, let me introduce you to the Flamingo Social Club. The owners proudly used flamingos as the inspiration behind the property, utilizing over 50 different shades of pink throughout the design of the space.

Location: This property is set in the up-and-coming community of Flamingo Heights, which is north of Joshua Tree and a 3 minute drive from one of the area’s best restaurants, La Copine. 25 minute drive to the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: 5 acres to explore with a 4-person hot tub and private “dock”, chef’s kitchen with SMEG refrigerator, gas fireplace.

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The Coyote House

Coyote House Joshua Tree
Coyote House Joshua Tree

This Instagrammable oasis is the perfect place for your first introduction to Joshua Tree, featuring fun quirky colors and desert-inspired design. Plus, Coyote House is one of the most centrally located Airbnbs in Joshua Tree, just walking distance from some of downtown Yucca’s coolest vintage shops and an easy drive over to downtown Joshua Tree.

Location: 20 minutes drive from Joshua Tree National Park and 3.7 miles from Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown.

Sleeps: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: Queen memory foam mattresses, record player, hot tub, fenced in private patio deck.

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Architect Off-Grid Stargazing Cabin

Architect's Off Grid Stargazing Cabin Joshua Tree
Architect's Off Grid Stargazing Cabin Joshua Tree
Architect's Off Grid Stargazing Cabin Joshua Tree

Literally sleep under the stars at this uniquely designed off-grid home by architect Malek Alqadi. Innovative in design, the minimalist dwelling features one indoor bed and one outdoor bed so you can choose your own adventure. The Off-Grid Stargazing Cabin is best suited for 2 guests, but can sleep 6 with the pull out couch and outdoor sleeping arrangements.

Location: Situated in Twentynine Palms, past the main center of Joshua Tree if driving East.

Sleeps: 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds 

Fun Amenities: Hammocks, kitchenette, TV, wifi, outdoor sleeping arrangements.

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The Gaslight

The Gaslight Joshua Tree airbnb rental
The Gaslight Joshua Tree airbnb rental

Just completed in January 2020, The Gaslight is a brand new addition to the Joshua Tree Airbnb scene that is great for large parties, accommodating up to 8 guests. Inspired by the famous Manhattan cafe of the same name, the interior of this home gives homage to the iconic venue with photographs from some of the famous performers and artists that used to frequent it — think Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, and many more.

Location: Equidistant between Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree, it’s about 4 miles from the main downtown Joshua Tree area.

Sleeps: 8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 5 beds 

Fun Amenities: Hot tub under the stars, outdoor shower, covered patio, propane firepit, outdoor TV.

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