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10 Best Glamping Spots Near Joshua Tree National Park, California

by Ryan Slattery
Updated May 06, 2022

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Dark skies, scraggly trees, and stacked brown boulders lure rock climbers, hikers, and stargazers alike to Joshua Tree National Park.

But you can also add these great glamping spots near Joshua Tree to your list of reasons to visit.

Just a short two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is ideal for a quick overnight getaway or weekend trip. And while camping under the stars is the preferred way to experience all the park has to offer, the small desert community has dozens of distinct rentals offering a bit more comfort, character, and charm.

When choosing what month to visit, know that this is a high-desert environment. Joshua Tree straddles the Mojave and Colorado deserts and experiences a wide range of temperatures. Summers routinely top 100 degrees with little shade. Winter ushers in daytime highs of 60 degrees with temperatures dipping into the 30s after nightfall. It can even snow.

So if you’re looking for a little adventure (some of these listings are off-grid glamping, after all) you’ll find airstreams, yurts, tents, and tipis among the many airbnb choices near Joshua Tree.

Related Read: 14 Epic Campgrounds Near Los Angeles, California

1. The Castle House Estate

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Why you should stay: Glamp like champ at this quirky, cool, and luxurious property.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $270/night

The Joshua Tree area is full of quirky spots, and this is one of them. Sitting on 12 acres not far from the National Park entrance, the Castle House Estate is literally a medieval-themed property in the middle of the desert. Here you’ll find classy B&B experience, with a mini bar service, fresh pizza, homemade cookies, snacks, and beverage options provided for guests — plus room service offered until midnight.

However, the highlight of the place is the hexagonal cowboy pool with an its own unique architectural flair. You’re surely gonna want to take a soak in that thing after a day of rock climbing or hiking in Joshua Tree.

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Follow ’em: @thecastlehouseestate

2. California Dreamin’

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Why you should stay: Relax in the laid-back digs of a 1970 Silver Streak trailer.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $79/night

Located in Desert Hot Springs, this fully-renovated caravan is the most affordable place on the list. The host recently updated everything inside to be sustainability-minded, with plenty of locally-sourced touches. A bright and airy yet vintage-inspired vibe makes this trailer a great place to hang out when you’re not out adventuring in the desert.

The Silver Streak has full air conditioning and heating, so your nights will be comfortable no matter what the weather is like during your stay. A forty-minute drive from Joshua Tree National Park, this is a cool yet low-cost option that sacrifices just a little bit of convenience.

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Related Read: 9 Amazing Glamping Spots Near Los Angeles, California

3. High Desert Hideout

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Why you should stay: A Bohemian camp packed with fun and games.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $115/night

Seven miles from town and twice that distance to the park entrance, this secluded camp comes with spectacular mountain views and a whole lot more. Dubbed the High Desert Hideout, it’s a 2.5-acre Old West-style town, complete with a courtyard and stage, saddle bar, makeshift movie theater, above-ground swimming pool, and plenty of games to pass the time.

Billiards, darts, or horseshoes, anyone? There are a handful of stays on property, but the no-frills Luna Bell Tent brings you the closest to sleeping in the wild.

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Related Read: The 10 Best Camping Spots in Santa Barbara, California

4. Area 55 Futuro House

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Why you should stay: Hello: you can say you once spent the night in a spaceship.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $210/night

Welcome to Area 55 and the Futuro House. Born from the mind of Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in the late 1960s, the futurist-looking pod was designed to be a portable ski chalet. While it never fulfilled that role, this odd flying saucer and its 360-degree layout did manage to touch down near Joshua Tree.

Don’t expect much connectivity: this is off-grid glamping. Solar powered with an outdoor kitchen and shower, it’s best to enjoy the views from the porthole windows (or flip through the space-themed books in Futuro’s library) rather than stressing about checking your email.

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Follow ’em: @Area_Fiftyfive

5. Magical Airstream

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Why you should stay: An intimate and secluded desert hideaway.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $269/night

You’ll likely spend more time outside on the deck grilling under the sparkle of cafe lights and gazing at the stars than you will inside this cozy 25-foot-long Flying Cloud Airstream.

And that’s certainly no knock on the tidy, cigar-shaped accommodation: it sleeps a small family and features all the comforts of home. You’ll just want to enjoy the quiet solitude and the magic of the night sky before heading in.

Sitting on 1.5 acres and just 10 minutes from the entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, Magical Airstream is a peaceful retreat with an expansive outdoor living space that includes a gas grill, fire pit, and stock-tank dipping pool. Even if you’re not a morning person, be sure to set the alarm so you can take in the stunning sunrise — with a French press coffee in hand, naturally.

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Related Read: 6 Phenomenal Backpacking Trails in Joshua Tree National Park

6. Stargazing Yurt

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Why you should stay: Treat yurt self to luxury lodging under the stars.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $150/night

Nomads in Central Asia have lived in yurt dwellings for thousands of years. Here in America, our history with the structures dates back just half a century. And even then, yurts really only gained popularity in recent years when they began popping up as quirky camp alternatives near public lands.

You can experience yurt life yourself at 28 Palms Ranch. Rent one of the ranch’s five well-appointed authentic Mongolian yurts and reconnect with nature while making s’mores on your private fire pit. Following dinner and dessert, retreat to your yurt to enjoy its most magical feature: the “toono” (skylight), which lets you stare up at the star-filled night before dozing off.

“My girlfriend and I had an incredible two night stay! We were looking for a rental that would allow us to reconnect with the natural wonders around us, and it absolutely delivered.”

Max, Pasenda, CA
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7. Desert Bubble

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Why you should stay: Luxurious digs and stargazing from bed.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $890/night

Now this is a bubble you won’t mind staying in. After a long day hiking and exploring the park, return to your desert bubble and fire up the barbecue before settling in to stargaze from your bed through the clear roof. This is as unique as weekend rentals come.

The off-the-grid bubble structure houses a queen bed and includes a space heater for those cool desert nights. A smaller bubble structure serves as the bathroom. While there’s no hot water for the sink, you’ll be relieved to know that the outdoor shower runs on propane and can provide 30 minutes of hot water.

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Related Read: When is the Best Time to Visit Joshua Tree National Park?

8. Modern Airstream

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Why you should stay: Keep comfortable in a pristine, climate-controlled airstream.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $161/night

The temperatures in California’s high desert fluctuate wildly, so it’s a treat to come across an opportunity for glamping near Joshua Tree that comes with misters, a shade structure, a stock-tank dipping pool, and air conditioning. The Modern Airstream has all that plus a furnace for when it does actually get chilly.

Ideal for couples, the tidy airstream has a kitchen with a propane stove top and microwave, or you can cook outside on the outdoor grill. A library with local guide books will help you prepare for your Joshua Tree adventure, while evenings on the patio mean winding down and watching a movie on the projection screen or playing a game of giant Jenga. Up to two dogs are allowed, though you’ll have to keep them off the furniture.

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Follow ’em: @adventurejoshuatree

9. Sunset Road Trailer

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Why you should stay: Go back to the ’80s as you relax and stargaze from a bubbling hot tub.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $217/night

Hot tub, and hammocks, and horseshoes; oh my! With an orange racing stripe down the side and fire-streaked end-of-days sunsets, the Sunset Road Trailer is a bright spot in a barren landscape. Just 15 minutes from the park’s west entrance, the vintage trailer is completely modernized in spectacular fashion.

So whether you want to unplug and chill with a glass of champagne in the hot tub while gazing at the Milky Way or stay connected and watch Netflix, you’ll feel right at home. It’s both retro and modern – the perfect quirky blend for the desert.

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Follow ’em: @JoshuaTreeEscapes

10. Moon Camp

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Why you should stay: A spacious retreat where you can take advantage of the area’s Dark Sky Park status.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $219/night

Even though it’s run by solar power and propane, the off-grid Moon Camp is anything but rustic — quite the contrary, actually. With space to comfortably sleep a decent-sized group and a dog friendly designation, the three-structure lunar-inspired camp includes the roomy dome house (a full-on apartment with a loft) and two converted shipping containers.

One serves as a cheery additional sleeping space while the other is a relaxing, celestial lounge. The chill outdoor space is centered around the fire pit, a pair of hammocks, and a telescope for late-night space exploration.

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Follow ’em: @mooncampjoshuatree

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