Ultimate Guide for Where to Stay in Joshua Tree 2024

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If you’ve been to Joshua Tree you know it’s quite the special place; its national park, eclectic culture, and spiritual scenery attract millions every year. But one of the best parts of the desert experience is choosing where to stay in Joshua Tree. The small town hosts boutique hotels and rental homes that mirror its holistic culture, with properties that are some of the most unique in the world. From airstreams to container resorts to luxury accommodations built into rocks, you just might feel like you’ve traveled to planet Mars.

In this guide I’ll cover the best hotels, rental homes, and campgrounds in Joshua Tree. I’ve visited Joshua Tree three times and have loved each hotel and rental home I’ve stayed in. I promise that after a long day of exploring, you’ll look forward to returning to your desert oasis.

How Many Days Do You Need in Joshua Tree?

Between visiting Joshua Tree National Park and exploring the region, I’d recommend spending at least two full days in Joshua Tree. Depending on the activities you want to indulge in, you could definitely spend up to a week there.

When is the Best Time to Visit Joshua Tree?

The best time to visit Joshua Tree is in the spring and fall months. This way you’ll avoid extra cold nights and extra hot days. Having visited Joshua Tree multiple times before, my favorite months to visit are April and October.

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where to stay in joshua tree

Getting to Joshua Tree

The most common way of getting to Joshua Tree is by flying into Los Angeles and driving from there. The drive can take anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours depending on what time you leave. Departing in the morning is going to be ideal to avoid Los Angeles afternoon traffic!

Los Angeles to Joshua Tree
Image: Google Maps

Alternative routes include flying into John Wayne Airport (Orange County), Palm Springs, or San Diego. Palm Springs would be ideal but sometimes flights are more expensive since it’s a smaller airport. Going from John Wayne will be around the same drive time from LAX, while San Diego will be about an hour longer.

Where to Stay in Joshua Tree

From this guide you’ll be able to determine whether you want to stay in a hotel/motel, rental home, or campground. You’ll also need to decide which part of the region you’ll want to stay in.

The main towns that make up the region are Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Pioneertown. Each town is within 30 minutes of Joshua Tree proper, and they’re all close to various entrances of the park. There’s also great shops and restaurants in each town, so you really can’t go wrong with where you choose to stay.

Image: Google Maps

Best Hotels in Joshua Tree

Below is a list of the best hotels in Joshua Tree. While conventional hotels isn’t exactly the Joshua Tree vibe, in this list you’ll find luxury glamping, container resorts, bungalows, and more. Again, one of the best parts of visiting Joshua Tree is the unique experience of where you stay!

1. Autocamp Joshua Tree

You know those kind of properties you’re so happy you discovered? That’s how I feel about Autocamp. Autocamp offers luxury glamping in airstreams right in the heart of Joshua Tree. The property is less than a ten minute drive to the national park and walking distance to the main town.

The airstreams are so nice inside and come with A/C & heating, TVs, high quality bath products, and WiFi. There’s also a kitchen and grill in case you want to cook or roast s’mores. There’s a pool, bikes, and healthy breakfast/dinner options. You can also request to partake in their onsite yoga, soundbaths, and meditations ahead of your stay.

Autocamp joshua tree
Autocamp joshua tree
where to stay in joshua tree

2. Joshua Tree Container Resort, Wellness Inn & Spa

If you’re looking for an incredibly unique stay with serenity and wellness, Joshua Tree Container Resort is where you need to go. I absolutely loved my stay here! The property has a small pool, hot tub, hammocks, and outdoor gym. You can also request onsite yoga, massages, and ATV rides in advance.

It’s located in 29 Palms and not too far from the park. This place is about 30 minutes from the main town of Joshua Tree but makes you feel like you’ve escaped away from it all. It’s so peaceful and the views of the surrounding mountains are beautiful.

Joshua Tree Container Resort
Joshua Tree Container Resort
Joshua Tree Container Resort

3. The Bungalows by Homestead Modern

If you’re into wellness and spirituality, I highly recommend staying at The Bungalows by Homestead Modern. They’re part of The Joshua Tree Retreat Center and offer restored mid-century buildings that are nestled in the mountains. The Joshua Tree Retreat Center is a holistic wellness center that offers community events like yoga, farmers markets, breath work, as well as an onsite cafe and bookstore.

The Bungalows have communal spaces with grills and fire pits, as well as a pool and hot tub. The property is about a 15 minute drive to the park.

The Bungalows by Homestead Modern
Image: Booking.com

4. Sacred Sands

This tucked away gem feels like your own private oasis, located only a mile away from the west entrance of the park. The grounds are so beautiful that the property doubles as a wedding and event venue. The hotel claims the style of ‘boho chic’ with luxurious rooms that offer private soaking tubs and patios. There’s also communal spaces for gathering and stargazing.

Sacred Sands Hotel
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5. Pioneertown Motel

Pioneertown is one of the neighboring towns to Joshua Tree, and its motel is one of the most popular places to stay in the desert. It’s not your average motel though, the Pioneertown Motel offers colorful, desert-rustic rooms that go for about $200/night. It’s surrounded by the mountains and located within walking distance to the main town, as well as the famous restaurant and live music venue, Pappy and Harriets.

Pioneertown Motel
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6. The Castle House: Estate

The Castle House: Estate was featured on HGTV and offers ‘units designed to make the everyday extraordinary.’ This very unique hotel has a variety of units, ranging from guard towers, yurt tents, shipping containers, and bungalows. There’s a communal pool for the units, while one of the bungalows has its own spa and gym.

These luxury glamping options are seriously extraordinary! It’s not every day you can sleep in a guard tower in the desert, but when in Joshua Tree anything’s possible… The property is about 15 minutes from the park.

Castle House Estate
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Best Rental Homes in Joshua Tree

If staying in rental homes is more your thing, you’re in luck. The Airbnb and VRBO properties in Joshua Tree are one of a kind, and some of the best places I’ve ever stayed. Below is a list of some of the most unique and top-rated rental homes in Joshua Tree.

1. The Joshua Tree House

Perhaps one of the most well known rentals is The Joshua Tree House, which has a humble 300K+ followers on Instagram. The Joshua Tree House has gained notoriety from its gorgeous aesthetic and everything the property has to offer. There’s soaking tubs, hammocks, outside dining, and that true feeling of being out in nature. The interiors look like they’re straight out of a magazine.

You’ll definitely want to book well in advance for this place since it’s so popular!

The Joshua Tree House
Image: Airbnb

2. The Landing House Joshua Tree

Situated among the Joshua Tree boulders, this place is hosted by Homestead Modern, and offers a similar vibe to The Bungalows. It’s so beautiful and comes with a heated plunge pool, landing pad with yoga mats, and five private acres for exploring. Plus it was featured in T List, by The New York Times and Archilovers Best Project of 2023.

The Landing House Joshua Tree
Image: VRBO

3. The Kellogg Doolittle House

Have you ever stayed at a house built into rocks? At The Kellogg Doolittle House, you can. This architectural masterpiece is nothing short of a luxurious wonder! Featured in Architectural Digest, this famous estate is an Airbnb Exclusive that can sleep six people.

You get not only unmatched views of the park but also a private path leading into the park. The house comes with a hot tub, outdoor bar and dining area, fire pit, and golf cart.

The Kellogg Doolittle House
Image: Airbnb

4. Josh Schweitzer’s Monument House Joshua Tree

Another architectural wonder is Josh Schweitzer’s Monument House. Nestled in the Joshua Tree boulders sits this colorful home that feels like you’ve transported to another world. The property has a hot tub, barbecue, and outdoor dining area with incredible views. It’s also dog-friendly! This place is about a mile away from the west entrance to the park.

Josh Schweitzer's Monument House Joshua Tree

5. Invisible House Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree has multiple iconic properties, and this is definitely one of them. The ‘Invisible House’ that truly blends right in with its surroundings is one of the most incredible places to stay. While inside, you can enjoy the 100-foot indoor pool and marvel at the outside views from the floor to ceiling windows. Plus, you can open some of the doors to really feel like you are in the rocks.

This house sleeps eight people, has three bedrooms and four bathrooms. It’s a 5-minute drive to the west entrance of the park.

The Invisible House Joshua Tree
Image: VRBO

Best Campgrounds in Joshua Tree

Another great option for accommodation in Joshua Tree is staying at one of the great campsites within Joshua Tree National Park. Below are the three top-rated campsites by Trip Advisor.

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1. Jumbo Rocks Campground

Rated as the #1 Joshua Tree campground on Trip Advisor, this is the largest in the park with 124 campsites. This campground is centrally located and near the park amphitheater. Reservations are required.

2. Indian Cove Campground

Rated as the #2 Joshua Tree campground on Trip Advisor, this is the second largest with 101 campsites. This campground is situated among the boulders and also has its own amphitheater. Reservations are required and can be made up to six months in advance.

Indian Cove Campgrounds
Image: National Park Service

3. Black Rock Campground

Rated as the #3 Joshua Tree campground on Trip Advisor, this is the third largest with 99 campsites. This campground is situated in the northwest corner of the park and has picnic tables and fire rings at each campsite. Reservations are required.

Conclusion: Where to Stay in Joshua Tree

By now I hope you have a better idea of where to stay in Joshua Tree. While deciding where to stay, there’s no wrong answer and it really all depends on your preference. Whether you choose a hotel, rental home or campground, each one will make your experience that more memorable.

I’m so excited for you to discover Joshua Tree! I know you’ll very much love it there.

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