Where to Stay in Joshua Tree National Park in 2021 – Glamping, Airbnb, Hotels and Camping Options

Looking for where to stay in Joshua Tree National Park? This comprehensive guide on where to stay near Joshua Tree will cover the different areas and the best places to stay in Joshua Tree National Park. I’ve also included some really cool places to stay near Joshua Tree. This guide will help you plan your Joshua Tree stay.

Joshua Tree National Park Jumbo Rocks in Yucca valley Mohave Desert California USA

Joshua Tree is a National Park located in southern California.  Joshua Tree is a three hour drive from Phoenix or a two and a half hour drive from Los Angeles.  You can easily visit if you want to spend one day in Joshua Tree.

There are three park entrances to Joshua Tree:
• The West Entrance is located five miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard at Joshua Tree Village.
• The North Entrance is in Twentynine Palms, three miles south of the junction of Highway 62
• The South Entrance near Cottonwood Spring is an access point along Interstate 10

Knowing which entrance you will take into the park will help with deciding where to stay. The South Entrance is the most popular as you can stay around Palm Springs and this area has the most accommodation options.

Check out my post on the Best Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park to help you plan your visit.

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I also have dedicated posts on where to stay on the following areas near Joshua Tree:

15 Hipster and Cool Joshua Tree Airbnbs

19 Amazing Places in Joshua Tree for Glamping

15 Dreamy and Best Airbnb Palm Springs, California

15 Amazing Airbnbs in Palm Desert, California

Which area to stay in near Joshua Tree

If you are wondering where to stay when visiting Joshua Tree there are three main areas:

  1. Inside Joshua Tree – you can only stay inside the national park if you are camping at the campgrounds
  2. North of Joshua Tree – stay in the Twentynine Palms area
  3. South of Joshua Tree in Palm Springs – this is the most popular area

There are so many places to stay in Joshua Tree national park that the best way to decide is to figure out where you want to stay and then book your lodging near Joshua Tree.

Where to Stay near Joshua Tree National Park

As you can see, there are several different types of Joshua Tree lodging. This guide is broken down by types of accommodation in Joshua Tree National Park as each have their own pros and cons:

  • Airbnbs near Joshua Tree National Park
  • Glamping in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Hotels near Joshua Tree National Park
  • Camping in Joshua Tree National Park

Unique Airbnbs near Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree House

This is the Joshua Tree House the best Joshua Tree Airbnb! This hacienda was built in 1949. With over 100 Joshua Trees on the property, the views from the house are magical. If you’re up for it, sunrise on the front porch is incredible.

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This is a place for dreamers to reset, reflect, and create. Designed with a ‘slow’ pace in mind, our hope is that you enjoy every part of your stay; from making local coffee by drip in the morning, choosing the perfect record to put on as the sun sets, or by relaxing in the hot tub surrounded by over 100 Joshua Trees and a starry night sky.

Silver Star – Off-the-Grid Airstream Joshua Tree 

If you don’t mind sleeping on a camper or RV that has the amenities of a regular inn, then this off-the-grid airstream is a great choice for you. This airstream has stunning panoramic views in all directions nestled in a serene and private area.

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This classic Airstream is being powered by solar panels and back up batteries. And even though there’s wifi (which is also a great way to have a quality time with your loved ones or friends) but the cellphone reception is excellent. 

There are two beds provided in this camper and it can fit up to 3 guests. There is also a living bank sofa in the front of the trailer where kids or adults can sleep on it. It is also complete with amenities such as kitchen, laptop-friendly workspace, and bathroom. 

Minimalist Modern Joshua Tree Cabin with Amazing Views

This unique dwelling situated in the hills of yucca valley has everything you could want in a desert getaway. Its clear walls take the “indoor – outdoor” experience to a whole new level.

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The cabin is on a 100 acre property with two other short term rental locations. The cabin has its own detached yet private bathroom and kitchen and is a good distance from the other two location. So you do have your own privacy but may see the occasional guest driving by or hiking. Speaking of hiking there are many hiking trails right off the property so you will never need to leave!

The Moon Cabin

This lovely Moon Cabin is the perfect place to stay for a weekend getaway for two people in Joshua Tree. This is actually a 1959 homesteader that has been restored and improved with modern amenities and custom elements. The space has a rustic design that highlights the beauty of the desert. 

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There is a heater and AC so you can stay comfortable no matter what the weather is. In addition to that, the cabin has a porch, hammock, and a fireplace here where you can cozy up while staring at the gorgeous desert. The whole cabin can be enjoyed by two guests plus the entire 2 acre property where it is situated. 

Sun Catcher House

Sun Catcher House is outfitted with rich textiles, curated local art, and a whimsical basket chair. The home features two master bedrooms, allowing privacy among guests.

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One reviewer said: Amazingly styled house with everything you need for a desert getaway! Meticulous styling exudes authentic Joshua Tree vibes while maintaining a homey feel. We had everything we needed to cook a full delicious meal and get a comfortable night’s sleep.

Glamping near Joshua Tree – once in a lifetime experiences

Dome in the Desert in Joshua Tree 

This modern-bohemian dome features many personal designs and handcrafted items that will surely invigorate your soul. The interior is filled with natural wood and stone elements and it is well-decorated, clean, and very comfortable. The natural wood burning stove and space heaters will keep your warm during chilly evenings while the AC keeps the whole dome cool during hot desert days. 

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The location is pretty great too because it’s close to town or main strip, and some cafes and thrift store. Although the property is located on a dirt road, you just need to drive slow and it’s passable by any type of car. 

Joshua Tree Beauty at the Habibi House Ranch

The Habibi House is a restored desert ranch that features locally sourced furnishings and handcrafted pieces from Morocco. The entire house is spacious and clean and it has three bedrooms with three beds and can accommodate up to 7 guests.

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There is a sunroom where you can watch the sunrise or spend your precious evening sitting around the fire pit while gazing at the twinkling stars. 

Silver Star – Off-the-Grid Airstream Joshua Tree 

If you don’t mind sleeping on a camper or RV that has the amenities of a regular inn, then this off-the-grid airstream is a great choice for you. This airstream has stunning panoramic views in all directions nestled in a serene and private area.

Photo Courtesy of Airbnb

This classic Airstream is being powered by solar panels and back up batteries. And even though there’s wifi (which is also a great way to have a quality time with your loved ones or friends) but the cellphone reception is excellent. 

There are two beds provided in this camper and it can fit up to 3 guests. There is also a living bank sofa in the front of the trailer where kids or adults can sleep on it. It is also complete with amenities such as kitchen, laptop-friendly workspace, and bathroom. 

Shadow Mountain House 

The Shadow Mountain House is mid-century modern minimalist house that features sliding glass doors to give you panoramic views of the desert. Its thoughtful design and contemporary smart-home upgrades have provided guests with maximum relaxation and unique experience. 

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The house is composed of 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a couch that can be converted into a comfy bed. The amenities and furnishings include a modern kitchen with brand new appliances, outdoor grill, hot tub, WiFi, vinyl record, and 4K quality projector. 

And as mentioned above, it has incredible views from all angles of the house and it can give you uninterrupted views of the night sky. This is a great option for people who want to escape reality for a bit and have a wonderful experience in Joshua Tree. 

Hotels near Joshua Tree

Here are the best hotels in Joshua Tree and I’ve included the entrance they are closest to as well.

Hotel Paseo – Palm Desert, South Entrance

Hotel Paseo is situated in Palm Desert, 2.8 km from College of the Desert. HOTEL PASEO, Autograph Collection features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, free bikes and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a business centre, along with free WiFi throughout the property. 

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Holiday House – Palm Springs, South Entrance

Set in Palm Springs, 1.5 km from Palm Springs Convention Center, Holiday House Palm Springs offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, free bikes and a bar. With a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom.

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Holiday Inn Express – Twentynine Palms, North Entrance

All rooms at Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites have air conditioning, ironing facilities and a tea / coffee maker. A microwave and small fridge are also included.

Guests can relax in the spa at Holiday Inn Twentynine Palms or enjoy a hearty grilled meal using the barbecue facilities.

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Other Recommended hotels near Joshua Tree National Park

If you are looking for other hotels in Joshua Tree I have listed a few more options for places to stay in Joshua Tree National Park:

Where to stay in Joshua Tree – Camping

If you are interested in bringing your own tent, you can actual camp at one of several campsites in the National Park. This is the only way to stay inside the national park. Camping runs from $15-$20 a night and they are closed in the summer and are only available from September to May.

You will NOT need a reservation for these campsites

  • Hidden Valley Campground – 44 sites
  • Ryan Campground – 31 sites
  • Belle Campground – 18 sites
  • White Tank Campground – 15 sites

You will need a reservation for these campsites

  • Jumbo Rocks Campground – 124 sites
  • Black Rock Campground – 100 sites
  • Indian Cove Campground – 100 sites
  • Cottonwood Campground – 62 sites

Tips for Visiting Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.  There is a something for everyone.  Also, note that it is dry and hot (in the summer) and make sure you know what you are getting into before you visit.  Here are a few tips for visiting Joshua Tree:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle and lots of water! Remember you are in the sun and you will need to drink lots of water. I love my LifeStraw Filtered Water Bottle.  I can refill this bottle anywhere and it comes with a carabiner to connect it to my daypack.
  • Hiking boots or sandals that will protect your feet! I love good shoes.  I need all the support and help I can get.  I actually love these sandals for hiking and have a whole post on Merrell vs Keen shoes for hiking.  I also love these hiking boots which I used for Hiking in the Grand Canyon.
  • Bring hiking poles for balance and to protect your knees.  I know many experienced hikers (and even amateur ones) think that hiking poles are for old people who lose their balance.  Actually, hiking poles can help when going down steep inclines or when scrambling over rocks.  They are great to hike with even for the most experienced hiker. 
  • Wear a sunhat. I feel like this whole post is about how high you are in the mountains and how much closer you are to the sun but it is so true. At elevation, you are closer to the sun and more likely to burn. Wear sun protection such as a sun hat and sunscreen.
  • Be aware of the wildlife. This is the Southwest and you will need to watch out for snakes and other wildlife.  Please stay away from wildlife and do not feed them. 
  • Leave no trace. If you are new to the concept of Leave No Trace it is all about preserving the environment to ensure it is in the same or better condition when you leave it.  This means that you should stick to the trails and carry out everything that you carried in.  This is a great explanation of the Leave No Trace principles!
  • Water shoes are great for the beach – along   If you don’t have a pair, I highly suggest it as they are affordable.  I have an article on the pros and cons of several pairs of water shoes.
  • Bring Bug Spray and a snack: Be sure to bring everything you need including a snack like a protein bar plus BUG SPRAY.

American Southwest Obsessed

Nicole is a travel expert who has been traveling to the American Southwest since 1992. There is so much to see and do in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and California. I spend part of the year in Phoenix and travel around the area visiting all the best places and going on the best hikes. Check out my detailed destination guides, the best hiking in each state guides, and the travel gear you need for your next trip.

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