Joshua Tree is a bohemian wilderness of otherworldly landscapes and esoteric vibes, which has lately become a hotbed for hipsters looking to escape the urban grind. Artists and the design-conscious are setting up home and creating an array of stylish cabins, many of which are available to rent on AirBnB. I was completely overwhelmed by the choice during our California road trip and spent ages whittling down a shortlist. This is the selection I narrowed it down to: my pick of the most stylish Joshua Tree AirBnB cabins. I chose them based on the style plus the reviews, so although I only stayed in one of them, based on the reviews, I think they’re all winners.
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The most stylish Joshua Tree AirBnB cabins
The Moon Cabin
This is the cabin we finally chose. It epitomises the desert chic vibe that characterises so many of the Joshua Tree cabins, but it does it particularly well. It includes thoughtful details like a hand-drawn guide to the cabin and local area, a telescope for stargazing, and a record player with a well curated vinyl collection – plus all the interiors are perfectly styled. It’s a big place with a separate double bedroom, plus a sofa bed if there are four of you. And the fully equipped kitchen and dining table makes it perfect for groups. There’s even a little bocce court in the yard. And there’s a neighbouring AirBnB – a converted bus – that can sleep two more. It’s about a five-minute drive from Joshua Tree town and another 15 minutes to the national park. I can vouch that it’s a gorgeous place to stay in Joshua Tree.
What the guests say: “Genuinely the best airbnb we have ever stayed in! Seriously no exaggeration. If you want a weekend oasis in the desert this is the place. All the little touches were so awesome. We loved the curated dvds, records and books and the layout is sublime.”
AirBnB listing: The Moon Cabin
Price: From $145 per night
Sleeps: 4 people (one double bed and a sofa bed)
El Rancho Joshua Tree
I was nearly swayed to choose this place based on the outdoor pink shower alone! Just look at how cute it is! And I’m also a big fan of the clawfoot bath with a view of the surrounding desert. The off-grid homestead has a minimalist decor that creates a calm, relaxing getaway. And the outdoor seating with fire pit would be a gorgeous place to hand out beneath the stars. There’s even a Chemex – the hipster coffeemaker of choice. Note there is no A/C in the cabin.
What the guests say: “Scenic, relaxing, comfortable, safe and tastefully decorated. This place is amazing! At El Rancho we were able to experience the beauty of the desert in absolute comfort. Coffee and tea in the mornings, gorgeous sunsets at night and a short drive into the incredible Joshua Tree National Park.”
AirBnB listing: El Rancho Joshua Tree
Price: From $193 per night
Sleeps: 2 (one double bedroom)
Joshua Tree Little Jo Cabin
The Little Jo Cabin is one of a collection of four newly restored 1950s homestead cabins by a group called Yarfa. I’ve included the others on this list too as they’re all gorgeous, decorated with plenty of natural materials, woods and tones. The Little Jo Cabin is made up of two parts including a little casita that houses the second bedroom (this is only unlocked if you book for more than two guests).
What the guests say: “What a wonderful space. From the records to the kitchen, to the wood burning stove everything was perfect. We decided it was the best nights sleep we have ever had outside of our own bed! Their sense of style immediately puts you at ease and the view of the stars from the porch just takes it to a whole other level.”
AirBnB listing: Little Jo Cabin
Price: From $155
Sleeps: 4 people (2 double bedrooms)
Joshua Tree Luna Cabin
The Luna Cabin is by the same people who run Little Jo and as such has the same hipster-perfect desert decor of white walls, natural woods and bohemian fabric touches. It’s all been carefully renovated and comes with lots of creature comforts including a brand new bathroom, kitchen ac/heat, a wood burning stove and outdoor shower. The town of Joshua Tree is about 15 minutes’ drive away.
What the guests say: “The Luna cabin is just wonderful. It is every bit as stylish as it looks in the pictures and has everything you could possibly need. What you can’t see from the pictures is the incredible scenery it sits among, the wonderful sunsets you can see from the porch and the stars you can gaze at once the sun goes down.”
AirBnB listing: Luna Cabin
Price: From $155
Sleeps: 2 people (one double bedroom)
Dome in the Desert
This gorgeous dome was created by a couple-team who are also the creativity behind two of the other cabins on this list (Cabin Cabin Cabin and The Shack Attack). Secluded from neighbours, it’s offers a private escape designed in a modern-bohemian style. There’s a full kitchen, so you could easily sped your whole time relaxing and spending your evenings below the stars. It’s heated with a natural wood burning stove and there’s wi-fi if you need it. And for the ultimate hipster add-on, you can pre-order juices from juicing guru, Angela of Juice in the Desert.
What the guests say: “What a magical place to stay! The dome is breathtaking from the moment you spot it. Everything in the interior is beautifully designed, so many little nooks and crannies to relax in, so many thoughtful touches including books and games. A real escape that takes you back to simpler times and away from the stresses of daily life – we left feeling so rejuvenated and inspired.”
AirBnB listing: Dome in the Desert
Price: From $170 per night
Sleeps: 4 people (1 bedroom, 1 daybed)
Joshua Tree Acres
Joshua Tree Acres is a collection of four impeccably designed vintage airstreams that share a communal clubhouse. They’re decorated in the quintessential Joshua Tree style with lots of natural wood, white walls, succulents and boho fabrics. And the communal clubhouse is equally beautiful, including a kitchen, lounge area and bathroom. There is also a communal hot tub, cold plunge pool (seasonal), clawfoot bathtub, outdoor shower, outdoor kitchen, dining area and fireplace. Just have a look at their Instagram to see how picture perfect the whole place is.
What the guests say: “What a unique and amazing place. We loved the setting, the amenities and the comfort. Would definitely recommend. The set up was perfect – with individual accommodation with a communal area. We loved the hot tub and salt water dip pool. We had the record playing going all the time we were there – the kids enjoyed seeing how vinyl works! The beds were comfy and it was great to have air conditioning too. Thank you!”
AirBnB listing: Joshua Tree Acres
Price: From $162 per night
Sleeps: 2 people (1 bedroom)
Cabin Cabin Cabin
With the same impeccable style of sister property, the Dome in the Desert, Cabin Cabin Cabin was created to celebrate the original homestead cabins of Joshua Tree. There are lots of cosy nooks and the cabin has heating and a/c to keep you comfy at any time of year. The icing on the cake is the outdoor living space, complete with an outdoor clawfoot bathtub, plus a hammock hung between two Tamarisk trees. And even if you prefer to stay inside, the skylight above the shower will make you feel liked you’re right outside. Like the dome, you have the services of Angela at Juice in the Desert. It’s within walking distance of Joshua Tree town.
What the guests say: “We’ve just stayed at Cabin Cabin Cabin in Joshua Tree and we can’t recommend it highly enough! Kathrin and Brian have created a beautiful, peaceful and stylish home which is in a fantastic location close to the national park and the main amenities of the town.”
AirBnB listing: Cabin Cabin Cabin
Price: From $165 per night
Sleeps: 4 people (1 double bedroom, 2 single beds in common area)
The Shack Attack
The Shack Attack is the final member of the Dome in the Desert and Cabin Cabin Cabin family. It’s located up in a secluded corner of North Joshua Tree and was completely rebuilt by the owners. It packs a lot into 500 square feet, including a fully equipped kitchen, studio-style living space, king-size bed and beautiful bathroom with a huge walk-in shower. And like Cabin Cabin Cabin, there’s a beautiful outdoor tub with hot and cold water. Also enjoy that quintessential desert-cabin amenity: a carefully curated selection of vinyl, including the likes of Nina Simone and Jon Coltrane.
What the guests say: “This place is even better than we expected – it’s perfectly serene, beautifully decorated and the hosts provided lots of thoughtful touches that made our stay really special. The outdoor tub is an amazing spot to watch the sunset.”
AirBnB listing: The Shack Attack
Price: From $160 per night
Sleeps: 2 people (1 double bedroom)
This metal-clad cabin looks particularly stunning in the sunlight when it reflects a golden glow. The interiors of the studio are stunning, incluidnf stained concrete floors, a reclaimed wood platform bed, a copper barter and lots of vintage touches. It’s within walking distance of Noah Purifoy’s outdoor art museum and installations from the Desert X exhibition. There is no kitchen, but a coffee machine and waffle maker is provided.
What the guests say: “This place is incredible, such beautiful design and thoughtful touches throughout, as well as being sparkling clean. We loved sunbathing on the chairs out front with homemade waffles and fresh coffee. Would absolutely recommend to anyone visiting Joshua Tree national park or Palm Springs.”
AirBnB listing: re:TREAT
Price: From $137 per night
Sleeps: 2 guests
The Joshua Tree House
The Joshua Tree House was designed by a husband and wife team who have also authored a gorgeous coffee-table book, At Home in Joshua Tree: A Field Guide to Desert Living. They have transformed the hacienda into a stylish, peaceful retreat that they love so much, they made it their home. They still rent it out on AirBnB as well as a second property, the Casita. There are over 100 joshua trees on the property, so you’ll be surrounded by the famously otherworldly landscape. The emphasis is on relaxation and the home includes an outdoor hot tub, plus a tank pool in the summer months. The Joshua Tree House is a 10 minute walk from Joshua Tree town, and just 10 minutes’ drive from the west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
What the guests say: “Joshua Tree House is really tasteful.Really perfect place to feel at peace, relaxed and gaze at the stars in the hot tub. It is as nice and even more special than the photos suggest, and although you are only just off the main road it is tranquil and private. The little thrift shops and cafés in Joshua Tree add to the laid back vibe.”
AirBnB listing: Joshua Tree House
Price: From $330 per night
Sleeps: 6 people (2 bedrooms + extra mattress if necessary)
Casita by the Joshua Tree House
The Casita is the sister property of The Joshua Tree House, designed and run by the same husband and wife team. It’s more remote than The Joshua Tree House and is a 12-minute drive from Joshua Tree town. It has the same dreamy desert decor and also comes with a hot tub and beautifully appointed outdoor area that would be ideal for a dinner beneath the stars.
What the guests say: “This was quite simply one of the most amazing places we had ever stayed. We found the Casita to be a peace of heaven. The home is full of stylish and sensitive touches, from the vinyl record player, special coffee maker, the topiary in the shower which smells amazing – it was an experience for the senses rather then just a location. All amenities were in great condition. The beds had the comfiest mattress ever! And a beautiful book of tips and recommendations means your stay is stress free and full on fun!”
AirBnB listing: Casita
Price: From $353 per night
Sleeps: 4 people (two bedrooms)
The Moon Camp is an eclectic desert retreat, including a main house, a guest house, a small gym, and an outdoor living space complete with a fire-pit grill and hammock. The off-grid retreat is powered by solar panels and the whole place is surrounded by Joshua trees. The white stone architecture is striking against the desert landscape. It’s just a seven-minute drive to Joshua Tree Town.
What the guests say: “Moon Camp is a fabulous place to stay in Joshua Tree. The main house and the guest house are both sparkling clean and extremely comfortable and stylish. The outdoor space with the fire pit is fantastic, and the open floor plan in the main house is great for cooking, playing games, or just hanging out as a group. We would definitely return to Moon Camp!”
AirBnB listing: Moon Camp
Price: From $230 per night
Sleeps: 6 people (one double bed and four singles)
The Ridge at Joshua Tree
The Ridge at Joshua Tree stands out for its location atop a ridge with gorgeous views across the desert. There’s a trail that circles five acres, including a viewpoint with a bench where you can gaze across the desert. It includes a large kitchen, living room, sun room and enough space for six guests. It has a rustic-vintage vibe and features some of the classic Joshua Tree AirBnB cabin stalwarts, such as a record player, guitar, boardgames and fireplace.
What the guests say: “Jeff and Brittny’s place was an absolute dream. Can’t wait to return. It’s peaceful, perfectly set up, clean, comfortable and with amazing personal touches from incense to a bottle of wine. Record collection to die for and a killer sunset.”
AirBnB listing: The Ridge at Joshua Tree
Price: $126 per night
Sleeps: 6 people (2 bedrooms plus common area)
Joshua Tree Campover Cabin
Another place by Yarfa, the Camper Cabin follows the same design aesthetic as their other properties and as such is a picture-perfect cabin that would look right at home in the pages of Kinfolk magazine. This one is a studio home in a remote location with fabulous unobstructed views across the desert. As with all the Yarfa homes, pour-over coffee from Joshua Tree Coffee Co and tea is provided.
What the guests say: “Fantastic cabin. Was a magical experience. The desert landscape is magnificent and will take your breath away. The cabin is exquisitely decorated. I walked around it for the first 15 mins getting more and more excited as I explored. Lovely soaps and towels, pour over local drip coffee, comfy bed…such a gem.”
Price: $143 per night
Sleeps: 2 people (double bed)
Joshua Tree Wilder Cabin
A final offering from Yarfa, the Wilder Cabin sleeps two people in a 1950s homestead that has been restored with plenty of love. It’s set on 5 acres with panoramic views of the desert, perfect fir catching the sunset. The home includes a queen-size bed, ac/heat, wood burning stove and an outdoor shower.
What the guests say: “We had an incredible two days at the Wilder Cabin. Amazing to feel like you are the only person for miles in such incredible scenery. Attention to detail in the Cabin was amazing, so beautifully furnished and we had absolutely everything we needed. Dreaming of coming back, sitting on the terrace listening to Bob Dylan on the record player and feeling totally relaxed!”
AirBnB listing: Joshua Tree Wilder Cabin
Price: $159 per night
Sleeps: 2 people (double bed)
The Bell Cabin
The Bell Cabin is part-run by a group called Homestead Modern who have a collection of over 30 homes around the Joshua Tree area, from rustic to full-on luxury. You can see all of Homestead Modern’s listings herehere. From all their listings, I chose the Bell Cabin as it’s one that has the most character. I particularly love the pink roof! The studio cabin includes a large back patio for dining, a hot tub, outdoor shower, barbeque, fire pit and star gazing pad. It was designed by Doug Wiand of House Hunters Renovation.
What the guests say: “We had a great stay at The Bell Cabin! The location is great – close to the park and the town, but still quiet and secluded. The hot tub, fire pit, and stargazing pad were amazing to have, and the cabin itself was cozy and comfortable. The well-stocked kitchen was especially appreciated. The communication from the hosts was clear and thorough too. I’d definitely stay here again! I’d recommend bringing slippers and a robe if you can, and maybe some flip flops for going out to the hot tub.”
AirBnB listing: Bell Cabin
Price: From $170 per night
Sleeps: 4 people (one double room and a pull-out couch)
Boho Tiny Cabin
We fell in love with the tiny house movement in Portland where we stayed in the world’s first Tiny House Hotel. And you can experience tiny house living in Joshua Tree too. Set on a 20-acre property, the tiny house has two beds and a kitchen inside a super cute wooden cabin. The toilet is an adjoining outhouse. And a highlight is the idyllic porch swing. It’s off-grid, so there’s no electricity or running water, but that’s part of the appeal. It’s a proper glamping experience. The grounds are called Boulder’s Hideaway and includes another three campsites.
What the guests say: “This is such an amazing place if you’re looking to getaway for a little bit. Tucked away from the busy city and tourists, this tiny cabin was the perfect spot to unwind and relax. Brooke was attentive and quick to respond which is always very helpful when booking these types of locations.”
AirBnB listing: Boho Tiny Cabin
Price: From $137 per night
Sleeps: 4 (2 double beds)
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