I recently had the privilege of staying at Joshua Tree Acres in Joshua Tree, California. It was the most perfect weekend in a vintage Airstream that I could ever imagine. This little slice of heaven was absolutely amazing! I quickly fell head over heels in love with this place so I want to share it with all of you!
I found Joshua Tree Acres on Instagram when I came across a photo of someone in front of a retro trailer. I immediately knew I had to find this place. I ended up finding it on Airbnb and booked that same super cute retro trailer that I saw on Instagram.
Before we start I would like to mention that this is not a sponsored post. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, and my trip was fully paid for by myself. All opinions are my own!
Here is my experience staying at Joshua Tree Acres in Joshua Tree, California
For those of you who have never been to Joshua Tree, imagine a desert town with mountain views, magical looking trees and an expansive National Park nearby. The town is super small with only one main road running through. There are a few cafes, antique stores, and vintage clothing boutiques in the town limits. The vibe here is very retro, artsy, and hippie. Joshua Tree is something totally unique.
The town of Joshua Tree is a quick 2-2.5 hour getaway from Los Angeles or Orange County. Joshua Tree Acres is about 10 minutes from town, and 10 minutes away from the nearest entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. It’s far enough away from the main road and town that you will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but also close enough to anything you would need such as restaurants and stores.
A short dirt road will lead you to this desert hideaway that sits on 10 acres of Joshua Trees and Cholla cacti. There are not many other properties around; if you really looked you might see one or two. Plus, the property is perfectly situated for some amazing sunset views!
When you arrive at the property you will find four vintage Airstream trailers, all somewhat different in their own little ways. Each trailer has its own name and number, and you can find that number on a sign in front of each Airstream.
The Airstream that I stayed in was the 1964 Sound of Silence. This had to be the cutest trailer on the property since it is surrounded by a few gorgeous Joshua Trees.
The Sound of Silence has a large front deck with a table and chairs and two swinging chair hammocks. Unfortunately, those hammocks were on separate ends of the deck, but this is the only downside to this trailer.
The inside of the trailer is still in its original retro condition. Some small details have been added to increase the look and feel of the 60’s and 70’s, such as vintage books, blankets, and a modern but vintage style radio. The trailer has an air conditioner and a small electric heater for the winter months. The on-site manager was nice enough to turn the AC unit on before we arrived so we had a nice cool trailer when we got there.
There is a full-size bed with super comfy blankets and pillows, a dining table, a couch, and enough little nooks and crannies for storing your stuff. The inside is so cute that I could stay there all day long, however, I spent most of my time outside enjoying the gorgeous weather.
The original kitchen and bathroom are still in the trailer, but they do not function since there is no running water to the trailer. Instead of using the kitchen and bathroom in your trailer, you will use the common area.
The Common Areas
The common area is conveniently located in the middle of the property. It’s close to all four trailers, but far enough that you shouldn’t hear other guests who are using the area.
At first, the common area seems a little small, but once you walk around the property you will notice there is actually a lot of stuff here!
The common area building itself includes a full indoor kitchen, a living room area, and a full bathroom. The outside extension of the building includes a very large dining table that could accommodate every single guest staying at the property, and a large outdoor kitchen.
Close to the building are a hot tub, fire pit, and a hammock lounge. The hammocks are perfect for stargazing, reading a book, or taking a nap. There is also a bocce ball area behind the building.
There is a solar powered outdoor shower to the left of the common area, and a small salt pool towards the back of the property. The largest bathroom area is all the way to the left of the property and is super simple but very convenient.
The property is hosted by three people who share ownership and responsibility. I did not personally speak with either of them, but according to the emails I received regarding my booking I can tell that they were available in case I needed anything. They gave lots of information regarding the property, the area, things to do, what to eat, and so on.
There is an on-site manager, who was available from the moment I arrived. He explained a little bit about the property and where the common areas and bathrooms were. I saw him several times during the stay as he was working around the property, so he was readily available.
The property is well maintained and very clean, considering it is in the middle of the desert surrounded by sand and cacti. I suppose the reason they are able to keep it so clean is mostly due to the fact that no shoes are allowed inside the trailers or common area. Can you imagine trying to clean sand out of everything?! Be respectful and remove your shoes, please.
Aside from keeping it clean I also noticed small little details were changed throughout the day. For example, one day the bath mat was changed from morning to night, which I thought was a nice detail.
The Things to Bring
Considering the fact that staying at Joshua Tree Acres is somewhat of a “glamping” experience, there are a few things you might want to bring with you.
- Food, snacks, drinks, and a water bottle. Take full advantage of that awesome outdoor kitchen!
- Firewood (and S’mores!) if you plan to have a bonfire!
- An eye mask to block the sunlight in the morning.
- Something to read and a board game to play.
- Flip flops for heading to the showers.
- A sunhat, plenty of sunscreen, and lightweight clothing.
- Hiking shoes if you plan to visit Joshua Tree National Park.
The Things to Do
First things first, if you are staying at a property like this you probably want to get in some relaxation time, and this is the perfect place for it. One of my favorite parts about this weekend getaway was just simply hanging out on the property.
I spent one night stargazing in the hammock lounge in the common area, and the next night watching the sunset from the hammock chair on my deck. I tried reading for a little while on the couch inside the trailer, but it was so comfortable that I ended up taking a little nap instead. I just loved the peace and quiet here.
Explore Joshua Tree National Park
I would assume that most people who are visiting Joshua Tree are probably there specifically for Joshua Tree National Park. This park attracts millions of visitors each year, and for good reason, it’s absolutely gorgeous!
The park has so many different landscapes and while driving through you will see scenery from tall rock formations to flat desert. The complete drive through the park without stopping should take around 1.5 hours (one way)…but if you are anything like me and want to get pictures of everything, this will not be possible.
My very first trip to Joshua Tree National Park took me around 6 hours and I only made it about a third of the way through the park. During this most recent trip, I decided to finish my tour through the park. I made only a few stops along the way, and it took about 3 hours round-trip.
If it’s your first time to the park you should read these 10 tips for your first visit.
Shop the Markets
Another thing to do in Joshua Tree is visit the markets and shops. There is a farmer’s market every Saturday morning, a few flea markets to wander around, and several vintage clothing stores in town.
The places to eat
There are a few excellent restaurants and cafes that you can try in town:
The Final Thoughts
I always try to look for experiences that offer good value, and this is definitely one of them. I highly recommend staying at Joshua Tree Acres!
If you are looking to save some money on your trip, I recommend booking during the summer off-season if you don’t mind the heat.
Overall, staying at Joshua Tree Acres was absolutely amazing! It was definitely an experience that I want to have again.
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Have you been to Joshua Tree before? Where is your favorite place to stay? If you decide to take a trip here I would love to hear about your experience! Thanks for reading!