Hot tub is good to go. We have heating and air conditioning. Our place is perfect for creative endeavors & 6 1/2 miles N-W of the west entrance to Park, 3 S-W of Joshua Tree Village & 3 S-E of JTRC.
Winter is a great to visit our home for those seeking a getaway that's quiet, with heating and air conditioning and a spa. Our place is perfect for creative endeavors. We have an office with a view that has been used by professional film editors and others. Come stay at our 1700-square foot, 2.5 bedroom, 1.5 bath home in Joshua Tree in a neighborhood of .41 acre lots. For those who prefer a paved road this is it. There are views of the National Park from our front yard. We are just 3 miles South West of Joshua Tree Village, 6 1/2 miles North West of the West entrance to Joshua Tree National Park on the South side of Hwy 62 in the Friendly Hills neighborhood on the highest street against the park edge and have fewer homes on our end of the block.
Enjoy the sweeping views of Morongo Valley, climbing, hiking and biking trails.
Our home sleeps up to 6 with 2.5 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, each bedroom has a queen bed and one bedroom has a sunroom we are calling the 1/2 bedroom it has 2 twin beds in addition there are two full sofabeds in the living room, an INDOOR SPA, a kitchen with two ovens, gas cook top, microwave and dishwasher. We have a wide selection of All Clad pots and pans, a waffle iron, blender, toaster, coffee maker, coffee grinder and filtered water.
We have installed a new wood stove insert in the fireplace, with glass window, heats the front room and kitchen.
The living room has a flat screen television; we have 26 cable stations, basically network stations. We have Apple television with a Netflix account. many DVD's and WIRELESS INTERNET.
WE HAVE FORCED AIR/HEATING-COOLING SYSTEM FOR YEAR-ROUND COMFORT.
No smoking and no pets, please. Also, this is not a party house. Please do not ask to rent from us if you are going to have a party with excessive drinking.
We have switched to a dye-free and odorless detergent.
You have access to the entire house excluding the garage.
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Sometimes we are able to greet our guests when they arrive and then we leave. We never stay on the property during the guests' stay. We always communicate with our guests by phone, text or AirNnB messages to make sure that everything is ok. Sometimes we are in town and at the guest's request we will go for a photo walk in the park with them. Jim teaches photography classes at the Desert Institute in Joshua Tree National Park. You can see samples of his (EMAIL HIDDEN)
If you want to participate in Park Ranger or Desert Institute activities, sign up ASAP. Classes fill quickly.
Here is some information that will give you some hiking, exploring options in JTNP. Hope you find it helpful.
Hidden Valley campground is a great place to walkabout. Climbers from all over the world come here in the winter to practice their techniques, which during the summer they can perfect in higher elevations, with more strenuous climbs. But those in JTNP are just as dangerous and require all the same demanding climbing techniques.
There is, off the main road and to the right of Hidden Valley campground, a day-use-only spot which is the site of the actual Hidden Valley. Here, according to lore, cattle rustlers would hide their stolen herds. It’s a great, short, but vigorous hike.
One of Jim’s favorite places, and where he frequently takes his classes when teaching for the Desert Institute, is the Hemingway pullout. Climbers come here too; there are many clearly marked trails, all for the most part flat.
There is also a short walk from the Ryan campground to the Ryan ruins. He was another local former miner. A few miles north east of this campground on the main road is the trailhead for two possible hikes up toward Ryan Mountain. One trail leads straight up the mountain. There is another that cuts off about a quarter mile up the trail, to your left, and this leads to a nearby group campground. This is a much easier walk.
Nearby Barker Dam is another popular hiking spot. When there is water behind the dam it is very beautiful, lots of birds, and sometimes animals. There are several trails leading from the trailhead to Barker Dam.
One of the most popular spots in the park is Jumbo Rocks, located across the street from the entrance to a campground of the same name. Park along the side of the road. There are many unusual sandstone formations to explore here. Many famous photographs have been taken at this accessible spot.
Down the road, toward the east entrance to the park, is the Live Oak pullout and pick nick area. It is one of Jim’s favorite photography spots. Not much hiking here, but unusual and beautiful rock formations. Live Oak is a right turn off the highway. If you make a left at the same location, you enter Split Rock picnic area. There is a vigorous loop trail leading off from the parking lot. It is very beautiful.
The Desert Institute does not offer classes in January. However, if you want to go to Keyes Ranch, you should contact the park and sign up for a tour. You cannot enter the area without signing up. And spaces usually go quickly. Keyes was an early miner and homesteader who raised his children on his ranch, and constructed a school for local residents. The county paid for the instructor’s salary. The park service stores many abandoned trucks and considerable mining equipment at the ranch. If Keys Ranch is something you would like to see you must join a ranger-lead guided tour to go up there. (URL HIDDEN) Call (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) between 9 and 4:30 any day of the week to join a tour if no one answers call (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
And here is the Ranger programs’ page at Joshua Tree National Park for programs & for fees:
There are many points of interest in our area. Here are a few:
Pioneer Town an old Hollywood western set & Pappy and Harriet's restaurant
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Pappy and Harriet's restaurant at Pioneer Town p(URL HIDDEN) check ahead to see if there are live band performances during your stay. 53688 Pioneertown Road · Pioneertown, CA 92268
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Gublers orchids (URL HIDDEN) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) open: Mon- Sat 10 am to 3:30 pm, with tours every 30 min.
Integratron Sound bath (URL HIDDEN) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) for schedule and bookings.
Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Institute of Mentalphysics built by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
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Th Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum (URL HIDDEN) 10 acres of outdoor sculptures made of recycled materials unusual.
We also have a three ring binder by the front door of our home that has lots of information for you.
Meg and Jim
OUR HOUSE RENTAL RULES
1. Smoking is allowed outside only. This is not a party house; this is our home. If you plan to have a party with excessive drinking, please do not ask to rent our home.
2. Pets are NOT allowed.
3. People other than those in the Guest party set forth above are the sole responsibility of Guest.
4. People other than those in the Guest party set forth by your reservation shall not spend the night without notification to host and an adjustment of payment made for the number of nights stayed by additional person/s.
5. The owner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities, nor is the owner responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
6. The property and all furnishings are to be kept in good order. It is imperative that guests leave the kitchen clean and that all dishes are washed. The cooktop also should be clean and tidy. The outside bar-b-que also should be left clean. We also need you to pick up after your own spills on tables and floors. You will find rags under the kitchen sink so that you can wash up your spills with a damp rag. We do not operate a business; this is our home and we ask that you respect it.
7. Linens and bath towels are included in the unit, though daily maid service is not included in the rental rate. Towels and linens are not to be taken from the home.
8. Inappropriate materials are not to be flushed into septic, including feminine products.
9. No refunds will be given for weather, including storms, snow, rain, or wind.
10. No refunds will be given for problems with Inter-net service or power outages.
11. Please shower before using the spa and keep spa as clean as possible. If extra cleaning and/or draining is necessary, an extra charge will be taken out of your security deposit up to $100.
12. No use of hair or other dyes allowed in the house. Carpets and washing machines can be easily ruined and, therefore, would need to be replaced, a costly prospect.
13. Guest will be financially responsible for loss or damage to property.
14. Please be respectful of neighbors after 10 p.m. please refrain from loud music and be quiet outside.
I am a retired government public information officer and professional photographer. I currently am a professor and adviser to the newspaper at CSUSB. I spend my summers learning software programs and traveling. My wife Meg is retired and loves visiting our children and grandchildren and traveling. You can see some of Jim's p Much of his work consists of photos taken inside Joshua Tree National Park where he sometimes lectures as a member of the Desert Institute.