17 Fabulous Joshua Tree Airbnbs + Vacation Rentals for Your Next Desert Getaway!

Looking for a break from the stress and noise of the city? A stay in one of these Joshua Tree Airbnbs or vacation rentals may be just what you need!

Just 2 to 2.5 hours away by road, Joshua Tree makes for one of the easiest and most relaxing weekend getaways from San Diego, or from the LA area.

As one of the two great desert national parks in California, Joshua Tree National Park should definitely be on your itinerary if you are planning a trip to Southern California from another state or country, especially if you will visit between fall and spring.

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One of the best things about spending a couple of days or more at Joshua Tree National Park is the opportunity to stay in one of the many cool Airbnb or VRBO properties north of the park. From charming to quirky, and lavish to minimalist, you will find lots of choices!

If you are a first-time visitor to the region, we also have an article on where to stay when you visit Joshua Tree: an overview of options, plus a few suggestions on hotels and vacation rentals.

Best Joshua Tree Vacation Rentals

There are many, many vacation rental properties on offer in (and around) Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms, the towns close to the west and north entrances to the park.

We’ve curated a list of a few amazing Joshua Tree vacation rentals here, to hopefully help you zoom in on the stay that is perfect for you.

While we love to stay in Airbnbs when we travel, we haven’t personally stayed in all the properties we have listed below, and the photos are courtesy Airbnb or VRBO and the hosts.

We scoured the Joshua Tree Airbnb and VRBO listings for places where we would not hesitate to stay as travelers, and chose what we think are some of the most fun and interesting places to stay when visiting the national park.

We hope our round-up is a good resource for you as you plan your desert getaway!

Good to know: Joshua Tree is a super popular getaway destination from late fall until spring. To avoid disappointment, reserve your Airbnb or VRBO rental early!

1. Creative Desert Retreat: Beautiful Artist Loft

Sleeps 4: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1.5 baths
Location: 15-minute drive to Joshua Tree National Park entrance and close to shopping and dining
Premier Host: Yes

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Art Loft Joshua Tree is a spacious 1,400-square-foot artist retreat with 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. The home is perched on a hilltop overlooking Joshua Tree National Park, and is just a couple of minutes from the boutiques and cafes of downtown Joshua Tree.

The outdoor deck hosts a fabulous hot tub. You’ll also find a cactus garden, fire pit, and a nest wave sculpture day bed to enjoy.

Inside, the unique loft space is creatively furnished and boasts floor to ceiling windows to let in light and the views.

Additional amenities: Wifi, TV, air-conditioning, washer + dryer

This house is just superb!…The house itself is just sensational. Plenty of light. Great design. Honestly I wish i had stayed here longer. The facilities are top notch with everything that you could need. Great beds. Great water pressure. A properly thought out kitchen with Joshua Coffee beans and grinder to boot. I could not have asked for more.” — Mark


2. House of the Rising Sun: Stunning Desert Home

Sleeps 12: 5 bedrooms, 7 beds, 3 full baths
Location: 1.4 miles from Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Premier Host: Yes

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The House of the Rising Sun is a spectacular home in Joshua Tree, ideal if you are planning a family get-together or group getaway. The home is set on 2.5 acres and is designed to perfectly capture the experience of being in the desert.

In the front you’ll find a hanging daybed. In the back is a large deck with a hot tub, dining area, and a sitting area just for enjoying the views. There is also a saltwater pool, and awesome rooftop stargazing.

Inside you will find impeccably furnished living and sleeping spaces and a full kitchen.

Additional amenities: Fireplace, internet, TV, air-conditioning

Our family takes a Family Tradition vacation once a year. There are 10 of us and this home was great for everyone. The kitchen area is big and was great for family meals where everyone could sit together. The grounds were also great including the pool, jacuzzi and the chill area!! Great place for a family vacation!” — Robert


3. The Bungalow: Downtown Mid-Century Getaway

Sleeps 2: 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1 bath
Location:0.2 mile to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance and close to dining and shopping
Premier Host: Yes

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Perfect for a getaway for two, the Bungalow in Downtown Joshua Tree is located convenient to the park, plus close to shopping and dining.

The bungalow is cozy inside, with warm. comfortable furnishings. The kitchen is well-stocked.

The front porch has shaded seating, and in the back is a fenced yard with seating and an outdoor grill.

Additional amenities: TV, internet, air-conditioning, washer and dryer

The bungalow was clean, cozy, and peaceful – a perfect retreat for two. Loved the turntable, collection of vinyl albums, and the outdoor speakers for streaming music by the fire...We wish we could have stayed longer.” — Susan


4. Serenity Sands: Large Fenced House

Sleeps 6: 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 2 baths
Location: 0,4 mile to the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center and walking distance to dining and shopping
Premier Host: Yes

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Serenity Sands is a beautifully furnished home within a short distance of the national park as well as local restaurants and shops.

The interior living spaces and light and bright, with colorful art and furnishings perfect for the desert. The spacious kitchen is fully equipped and the bedrooms and baths are spacious and well-appointed.

The backyard offers desert landscaping, propane fire pit, and barbecue grill. There’s also a hot tub to enjoy!

Additional amenities: Evaporative cooler, wall heater, internet, TV

Great location for JTNP. Easy access, good shopping for groceries. Good kitchen utensils and appliances. Comfortable beds, gas grill worked well and hot tub was clean. Relaxing after a day hiking.” — Mariam


5. Joshua Tree West Casa: A Relaxing Retreat

Sleeps 4: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 2 baths
Location: 1.6 miles to the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center and a short drive to dining and shopping
Premier Host: Yes

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Joshua Tree West Casa is set in a gated private lot, not too far from the entrance to the park and just a short car ride away from restaurants and shops.

The spacious home has 1,400 square feet of living space, and inside you will find a full kitchen and a sunroom. Living and sleeping spaces are comfortably furnished.

The backyard offers views of the desert, and an outdoor chimney.

Additional amenities: Air conditioning, TV, internet

We loved our stay at the property in Joshua Tree. The house was very clean and comfortable. It had everything we could possibly need. The host was extremely helpful and responsive. The home is located in a great area with plenty of places to eat or pick up necessities and very safe. Great location for visiting Joshua Tree National Park. We went in early in the morning to hike and then back in the evening to star gaze. Would definitely stay here again. 10/10!” — Jennifer


6. Hilltop Hideaway: Mid-Century Gem

Sleeps 4: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 2 baths
Location: Less than a mile to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance and close to dining and shopping
Superhost: Yes

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Hilltop Hideaway offers stunning views from every room! A lovely porch with swing seat is the perfect spot to enjoy sunrise, and the secluded backyard, with a fire pit and plenty of seating, the ideal place to relax after a day exploring, or to do some stargazing after dark. Keep an eye out for birds and wildlife!

Inside, you will find a spacious inviting living room, bedrooms with cozy, comfortable linens, and a fully-stocked kitchen. The wood beams in the ceilings look so cool!

Additional amenities: Fast wifi, indoor fireplace, record player

Wow this place is BEAUTIFUL!!! Truly looks like the photos. It’s very clean and styled so well. Beds were super comfy, central air worked perfect.” — Lisa

7. Cactus Jax: Charming Cottage

Sleeps 4: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath
Location: Close to Joshua Tree Village and a short drive to Joshua Tree National Park
Superhost: Yes

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Cactus Jax Cottage has a lovely backyard and covered back patio with a farmhouse table for dining and comfortable seating. With string lights and breezy white curtains, the back patio is the place to hang out! The backyard has a gorgeous fire pit and ample seating.

Inside you will find a lovingly-restored mid century modern home, with a spacious living area, two bedrooms, and a fully-stocked kitchen. The living area features a daybed for lounging, and bright colorful accents. The home is light and bright.

Additional amenities: washer + dryer, Netflix, wifi

I was in heaven during my stay at Cactus Jax Cottage. The style and decor of the home was my dream. I did not want to leave!” — Amber

8. Joshua Tree Green Haus: Stunning Views!

Sleeps 6: 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1.5 baths
Location: Sun Mesa Heights, close to Joshua Tree National Park
Superhost: Yes

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Green Haus has a stunning panoramic desert view, and a hot tub perfectly positioned to enable you to take in the view, or gaze at the stars, while you enjoy a relaxing soak. Look out over Joshua Tree NP, and Mount San Jacinto and Mount San Gorgonio in the distance. The two-level outdoor terrace offers dining space.

The home has lots of big windows to let in the light and the views. There is an indoor soaking tub as well, and the two bedrooms have a king and queen bed respectively.

Additional amenities: Outdoor chimenea, barbecue, wifi

Immaculate, great location, peaceful, quiet. Trail near house to explore, hot tub was nice to watch stars. Most perfect retreat I can remember.” — Robert


9. Casa Indian Cove: Desert + Tropical!

Sleeps 4: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath
Location: 15 minutes to the North Entrance to Joshua Tree NP, 10 minutes to downtown Joshua Tree
Superhost: Yes

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Casa Indian Cove is a mid-century charmer that has been restored and decorated with a mix of desert and tropical accents for a bright and welcoming ambience. The backyard has a fire pit and is a wonderful place for sunset watching and stargazing.

Inside, you will find a beautifully decorated living area plus two spacious bedrooms and a full kitchen. The bedrooms have a king and queen be respectively. The house has plenty of light from lots of windows.

Additional amenities: washer and dryer, wifi, Netflix

Lovely, spacious place both inside and out, and relatively close to any necessary convenience store pickups. The fire pit outside is definitely a must-use — great opportunity for admiring the night sky!” — Sierra


10. The Little Dipper: Cool Tiny Home!

Sleeps: 3, studio, 2 beds, 1 bath
Location: 15-minute drive to the West Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park and very close to downtown Joshua Tree
Superhost: Yes

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If you’ve always wanted to try a tiny home, this is your opportunity! The Little Dipper has a contemporary interior with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The living area features a flat screen TV and fold-down couch. In the loft upstairs is a queen bed. Windows let in ample light.

The home is open to awesome desert views and dark skies at night, making for perfect stargazing on clear moonless nights. Outside you will find patio chairs and a fire pit, a picnic bench for outdoor dining, and a hand-crafted hammock, ideal for sunbathing and stargazing.

Additional amenities: wifi, barbecue grill

Super cute space that is perfectly nestled between a ton of Joshua trees. The outdoor space is the perfect place to relax by the fire in the evenings and stargaze.” — Ronak


11. The Joshua Tree Escape: Convenience and Style!

Sleeps 6: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath
Location: Walking distance to Joshua Tree Village for shopping and dining and a quick drive into the park
Superhost: Yes

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The Joshua Tree Escape is located in the heart of Joshua Tree Village, but is blissfully tranquil. The corner home has a large backyard made for stargazing, and features a barbecue grill for outdoor cooking. Inside, there is a fully stocked kitchen if you choose to cook indoors. The front yard is beautifully landscaped, and you will enjoy watching birds and wildlife here!

With a king bed in one bedroom and a queen in the other, sleeping spaces are comfortable. The living room is bright, uncluttered, and stylish, and offers a great view. Decor with a “desert vibe” adds touches of color throughout.

Additional amenities: washer and dryer, Smart TV with Hulu and Netflix, air mattress

Really loved our stay here. The house is much more spacious, beautiful and serene than the pictures convey. The view from the living room is great!” — Lynn


12. Casa Linda: Fabulous Views!

Sleeps 5: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 2 baths
Location: 7 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park and walking distance to Joshua Tree Village
Superhost: Yes

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Looking for a place close to the national park entrance? Casa Linda is just a 7-minute drive! Featuring amazing desert views from the backyard deck, Casa Linda offers great opportunities to enjoy colorful skies at sunrise and sunset and to do some stargazing when it’s dark outside. Also enjoy birds and wildlife in the backyard!

Inside, the home is stylish, with lots of light. Furnishings are cozy and comfy. There’s a fully-stocked kitchen if you prefer to cook your own meals. This cute and comfy home is perfect for a family or two couples.

Additional amenities: washer and dryer, air mattress, fast wifi, flat screen TV and free Netflix, Keurig coffeemaker

“Casa Linda is perfectly situated for a trip to JT! It is a great home base with all the amenities you need for a restful getaway.” — Magda


13. Desert Wild: Private Pool!

Sleeps 4: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 2 baths
Location: 10-minute drive to Joshua Tree West Entrance and a 5-minute drive to shops and dining in Joshua Tree Village
Superhost: Yes

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If you are looking for a Joshua Tree Airbnb with a pool, consider Desert Wild! Located in a safe neighborhood in South Joshua Tree, Desert Wild is a stunning desert escape featuring a pool and a hot tub in the expansive backyard. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool or a relaxing soak whilst you stargaze! The front patio is equally amazing, with a super romantic swing-seat.

While the outdoor spaces are incredible, the home is just as inviting inside. There’s a gas adobe fireplace for cool nights, a projector screen for movies, and lovely furnishings throughout.

Additional amenities: BBQ grill, TV + Cable, wifi

Could not have enjoyed our stay more! The house was even dreamier in person! Was so hard to leave because of how beautiful it was!” — Gabrielle


14. The Night Hawk Homestead: Rustic Chic Cabin

Sleeps 2: 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bath
Location: 14-minute drive to Joshua Tree National Park, and 7 minutes to center of town.
Superhost: Yes

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The Night Hawk Homestead is a cozy retreat for two: a1950s cabin, restored and redecorated in rustic-chic style. Set in the midst of the Mojave Desert wilderness, the cabin will make you really feel like you are in the desert. Soak in the sun on the loungers in the backyard or relax in the hot tub, day or night.

Inside, the bedroom has a king bed and is tastefully furnished. A cozy and comfortable living area and fully stocked kitchen complete the experience.

Additional amenities: indoor fireplace, wifi, barbecue grill

“The Nighthawk exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect place to spend a weekend in Joshua Tree.” — Ivan


15. Casita by The Joshua Tree House: Seclusion and Tranquility

Sleeps 4: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath
Location: 20 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park

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The Casita is a 1958 home, set in a remote location that allows for unplugging and introspection. Watch desert sunrises and sunsets, soak in the hot tub as you stargaze, and slow down and attune with nature for the duration of your stay! There is no TV!

Inside, you will find a warm and welcoming living space with touches of color and whimsy, a fully stocked kitchen, and serene bedrooms. The backyard has covered dining with string lights, a hot tub, loungers, and hammock.

Additional amenities: Record collection

“Such a magical location and beautiful home to discover Joshua tree for the first time. Very comfortable and peaceful vibe.” — Cara


16. Modern Airstream: Cool Vibe with a View

Sleeps 2: 1 bedroom, 3 beds, 1 bath
Location: North Joshua Tree, off the beaten path but still convenient to the park and to shopping and dining
Superhost: Yes

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This 2016 Flying Cloud Airstream is a cool place to stay on your visit to Joshua Tree National Park! It sits on five fenced acres and has a beautiful large patio with pergola and comfy seating to enjoy the outdoors. There are misters on the patio to keep you cool, and an 8-foot pool.

Inside, you will have the comfort of air-conditioning when it is warm and heating when cool. The kitchen has a stovetop but not an oven. There is an outdoor gas barbecue.

Additional amenities: projector screen to watch movies outside, giant Jenga and ladder ball, TV with Firestick and Amazon Prime + Disney, and wifi

“…My girlfriend and I absolutely loved the place as that charming Airstream truly made our Joshua Tree trip. We loved being able to unplug for a brief moment, watch the stars, and enjoy the peacefulness of the desert.” — John


17. The Joshua Tree Hideaway: Yucca valley Beauty

Sleeps 6: 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 2 baths
Location: In Yucca Valley, 16 minutes from Joshua Tree NP West Entrance and 13 minutes from Pappy and Harriet’s
Superhost: Yes

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An updated 70s ranch, this beautiful escape in Yucca Valley looks out onto a desert hillside. Outside, there is a hot tub to enjoy the desert, lots of outdoor seating for stargazing and conversation, and a barbecue. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and wildlife and enjoy the mature Joshua trees and other desert flora.

The home has large windows to let in the light and the views. Furnished comfortably, the living space is open concept and spacious. During restoration, some 70s features were retained, like a charming avocado green kitchen sink and a glam bathroom wall.

Additional amenities: Indoor fireplace, TV, wifi

Unbelievable gem tucked back in an absolutely stunning desert landscape. Feels like a million miles from civilization, but it is 3 minutes from grocery, gas, coffee, etc.” — Brandon


18. Ventana Cove: Hammocks, pool and More!

Sleeps 6: 3 bedrooms, 3 beds, 3 baths
Location: Yucca Valley, near the border of Joshua Tree
Superhost: Yes

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Set on two acres of private land on a mesa in Yucca Valley, Ventana Cove offers a luxurious desert getaway. Designed in the shape of a C, the home has a giant patio in the center, with a retractable canopy. The views of the mountains are amazing.

Inside, you will find three bedrooms, each with its own en suite bathroom, and large windows. The kitchen is fully equipped and the living area boasts a flat screen Smart TV and a Sonos audio system.

Additional amenities: 2 hammocks, grill, ping pong table, outdoor fire pit

Ventana Cove in Yucca Valley is the ULTIMATE airbnb! Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better stay! All of the amenities were super easy to use, and the open communal areas were exceptional.” — Julia


We hope you found our curated list of Joshua Tree Airbnbs useful. Which Joshua Tree Airbnb will you pick?

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Dhara loves to explore her home state of California. With her husband Kishore, she has done numerous road trips in the state in every season. She hopes to share her love of the Golden State with you, and help you find your own exciting experiences here.

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