Motojave Joshua Tree
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"Best retro desert vacation home in California"

Welcome to Motojave Joshua Tree

Your 5-Acre Fun Zone: Pool, Hot Tub, Games & Good Vibes

 

Be transported at Motojave, your getaway from the everyday, just 10 miles to Joshua Tree National Park and 2 hours from LA.

Embracing its 1950s car culture roots, this much-loved getaway for eight fuses retro cool with modern flair. The result? A seriously fun spot to kick back, enjoy, and make lasting memories.

Why you’ll love it:

  • Top 5% of all Airbnbs
  • 5-star Superhosts
  • Secure direct booking = savings
  • Sleeps 8: perfect setup for families, friends + couples
  • Kid + dog friendly 
  • Fully-fenced 5-acre property
  • Clean + pristine
  • Zero-gravity stargazing bed
  • Pool (heated for a small fee) 
  • Large hot tub
  • Panoramic mountain views
  • Stocked vintage kitchen
  • Turntable + record collection
  • Comfy luxe beds
  • Indoor + outdoor games

Whether you’re relaxing by the fire pit, challenging friends to shuffleboard, or blissfully stargazing on the zero-gravity bed, Motojave transports you to a timeless California desert vacation experience.

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Motojave Joshua Tree

Bucket-List Moments &
Joshua Tree Highlights

Motojave is central to the wonders of the Mojave Desert and the vibrant Joshua Tree region. Explore Pioneertown’s Old West charm, savor a night of live music and BBQ at the iconic Pappy & Harriet’s, or embark on a scenic drive through Joshua Tree National Park‘s awe-inspiring landscapes. With easy access to hiking trails, art galleries, restaurants and the famed Integratron Sound Bath, Motojave is your desert headquarters for endless adventures.

Motojave Amenities

We offer a range of amenities designed to provide ultimate comfort and unforgettable experiences for guests seeking relaxation, adventure, and retro charm in the high desert. See our gallery and property details for more.

"Motojave is amazing."

The Reviews Are In

It’s official — people love it here. Feel confident booking this crowd-pleasing destination on our secure, encrypted server! We’ve hosted 200+ happy groups (1,000+ guests total), upholding Superhost status and 5-star overall ratings on Airbnb and Google. Book here for the best price, guaranteed!

Frequently Asked Questions

Dogs, yes! The first dog stays free; each dog after that is $25 per night. We have amenities for them, too, like bowls, crates and treats! We ask that they stay off the furniture and beds. Borrow our Medium or Large indoor crates for free!

Families give us 5-stars! We have a pack ‘n play crib with a memory foam mattress, 3 booster high chairs, a baby bathtub, baby gate, toys, books, kitchenware, and outlet covers for the littles.  Do note, there’s: •1 step in a few rooms •cacti on sunroom tables and outdoors •some lower-reach fragile decor you can put away during your stay •electric fireplace for ambience that can get hot when operating •a child ladder guard to use on the above-ground pool during swim season, and a clip-shut hot tub cover

10 miles! On a typical day, the drive to the West entrance is just 15 minutes. During peak times, enter the park during off-peak hours or try the east entrance in Twentynine Palms.

The private, above-ground pool is open April through October. It’s 18 x 9 feet and 4 feet deep. Heating is available for a small additional daily fee if requested in advance, please inquire. The private 6-person hot tub is always open.

Your group may celebrate within your approved guest limit, but the local ordinance restricts larger parties, and outdoor noise  after 10 pm. Stick to the rules and you’ll be golden!

Yes! Motojave is a locking, gated 5-acre property 100% surrounded by 4 to 6-foot chain link and wire fencing.

Level 2 universal electric vehicle charging outlet 50 amp

Yes! Our Level 2 50-Amp NEMA 14-50R Universal Electric Vehicle charging outlet is free for guest use. Check if your prongs match and bring all cables/adapters/connectors. There’s a Tesla Supercharger in downtown Yucca Valley for Tesla drivers without and adapter.

When you book directly here on our site, you’re automatically saving 13-15% by skipping Airbnb fees! Our rates are super competitive and a great value, but from time to time we do have special offers. Join our email list so you don’t miss any! TIP: If you book longer than 2 nights, you’ll receive an additional discount!

Motojave is a 5-10 minute drive from all of the town’s conveniences! We’ll send you a list of our faves after you book.

Smaller campers and trailers are considered! Motor bikes and four-wheelers are welcome to park on the property, and ridden off-site only. Please inquire at stay@motojave.com.

It depends on the schedule! Booking extra hours (early check-in or late checkout) is $30 per hour or $100 for 4 hours. Please make a request and we will confirm availability the day before.

You’ll receive a comprehensive list of our personal favorite local hotspots upon booking!

Say moh-toh-HAH-vay, a name honoring both the property’s automotive history (moto) and the Mojave desert (jave).

We want you to relax and enjoy then have a nice trip home. At checkout time, just gather used towels, leave things tidy and be on your way! 

Outdoors only! Please do not smoke in or near the stargazing bed, hot tub or pool or couches.

Yes! We’d love to host your engagement, intimate ceremony or elopement, with a max of 12 people onsite. Contact us for details at stay@motojave.com.

The house and all five acres are yours, but you may see our team outdoors from time to time to service the hot tub, pool and driveway trash bins.

The house and all five acres are yours, but you may see our team onsite on weekdays at the pool, hot tub, garage and back gate to service the hot tub, pool and driveway trash bins.

Absolutely! If you want to go out and leave the driving to a pro, ask us about the taxi service!

No! Our cozy indoor fireplace is electric, but you can make real wood fires outdoors in the outdoor fire pit when conditions allow. Please BYO firewood and s’mores ingredients, and charcoal for the BBQ!

We really want you to love it here. Please read some details here or in the listing description to ensure it’s a good fit for you. If all sounds good, please click BOOK NOW!
 
AMBIENT SOUNDS
These 5 peaceful acres are full of nature and relatively private, but you’re still just a quick drive to town and not fully isolated from the outside world. You may hear vehicles on the main road several hundred feet away, occasional dirt bikes or horses on the back roads, or workers doing repairs or construction. And here in the countryside, you will hear neighboring farm animals, from dogs to goats to roosters to donkeys. And of course, coyotes!
 
SECURITY CAMERAS
We value privacy and have no intention of monitoring guests. For safety, security, and check-in verification, there are four exterior Ring security cameras mounted on the home’s roof line that actively record audio and video 24/7 during periods when motion is detected around the house’s perimeter.
 
AC/HEAT
•Guests may manually adjust to their liking up or down within preset temperatures. Central AC minimum is pre-set to a cool 73º F minimum, and max heat is a comfortable 72º F. The mini-split in the primary bedroom goes lower and higher. Pre-set changes may be made by request to the host for an extra fee.
 
DESERT LIFE

•All types of creatures roam the Mojave Desert, from bunnies, lizards, roadrunners, quail, and hummingbirds, to snakes, scorpions, desert rats, owls, spiders, bobcats, and coyotes. Keep a watchful eye and respectful distance. There are also many spiky desert cacti.

•Keep little ones and dogs out of harm’s way! Don’t let them roam outdoors without you, especially between dusk and dawn. 

•We have 5-star cleaners, but desert homes gather dust quickly between visits! If you’re used to the city, this might feel like another planet… give yourself time to adjust to and embrace this very different environment.
 
VINTAGE VIBES
We cherish all things vintage, so we preserved many favorite features during the recent restoration, along with some fabulous new upgrades. We hope you’ll love it too, and ask guests to treat things with care. This also means doors may stick, drawers could be wonky and the midcentury Formica has a few scars. We find these small imperfections charming to be signs of a well-lived home, just another beautiful part of this 1950s time capsule.  But, if all-new is more you, you may be happier elsewhere. ; )

Please enter your dates in the booking section to see our policy details! In general, we will try to help with refunds if your cancelled dates are rebooked by other guests.

Once you book, we’ll send you our Motojave Essentials list of shopping/packing tips and what’s provided for you at the house!

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