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Pipes Canyon Lodge - May Cancellation! Best Flowers! Boulders! Spa! Ah Bliss!

Pamela Galvin

Member since: 2008
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Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Pipes Canyon Lodge - May Cancellation! Best Flowers! Boulders! Spa! Ah Bliss!

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Joshua Tree House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms (See Description), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 17 in beds))


Of course Pipes Canyon Lodge and Retreat Center has gorgeous views out of every window, boulders to climb and hiking trails to follow in a 60,000 acre park like wilderness right out the door. What else? 3,000 square feet of space with a stunning great room and cozy nooks. Dreamy beds, soaking tubs, games, horseshoes, a fully stocked pantry with many staples, spices and cookware for a real dinner. We have a dining table that can be set for six or 12 or more. An indoor jacuzzi to take the chill out in the winter and provide a great cool down in the summer. All linens provided, tableware, firewood. As one guest put it, if we don't have it, you only think you need it.

We can easily sleep 15 in the house (including 8 in a dorm setting) and we can sleep 4 in the trailer. If that isn't enough, there are four additional rental properties on 'the street' within walking distance of the lodge. We currently manage two of them. Why not let us help you plan your yoga, spiritual, or corporate retreat. Catering services available.

Beautiful winter rains have brought gorgeous wild flowers. Still cool enough for great hiking and bouldering. Siesta afternoons, dining al fresco under the starlight. Quiet. Rustic Elegance, Boulders, Views, Stars and 18 Private Acres. Turnkey luxury, spare enough to reflect the environment and elegant enough to make you want to stay and stay. As the first VRBO in Pipes Canyon, and after ten years of inviting guests into our home, we've learned quite a bit about what makes you happy! Whether it's a good book to read in one of the many nooks and crannies of the house or cloth napkins and tablecloth to spruce up your evening meal, we have it. Not to mention, Eighteen boulder strewn acres, 2800 square foot of living space. A stunningly spacious great room suited perfectly for intimate dinners from 2 -14. Comfy chairs and couches, enough for everyone in your party to kick back in comfort. Immediately adjacent to a 60,000 acre park-like wonderland for stargazing, boulder climbing and petra-glyph exploration. Just down the road? Great music at Pappy's, antique shops, perfect weather for hiking. Why not break away from city life for a few days of hiking in your shorts during the day and toasting yourselves in front of a roaring fire at night, after a soothing mineral Jacuzzi of course. Or perhaps thinking ahead to that spring vacation. Wild flowers, wild skies and wild dreams. It's time to Pleasuriate at Pipes Canyon Lodge.

Got Yoga? Why not set your next yoga retreat at Pipes Canyon Lodge. We pride ourselves in working to accommodate all of your yoga, academic or business retreats. Offerings separate instructor housing and additional lodging options within walking distance of the Lodge.

Pipes Canyon Lodge was once referred to as 'The Ponderosa' by locals or 'The Big House' Why? Maybe it was the 12 foot high vaulted, beamed ceilings, or maybe it was the massive stone fireplace in the living room. It is rumored that Pappy himself left his mark on this grand old house. Hmm. A lot has changed since those days. The house can still seat all of its' occupants at a sweeping dining room table with elbow room to spare, but now the meals are cooked in a chef's dream of a kitchen fully equipped with every tool you will need and the spices to make all of your signature dishes. Thermador five burner cooktop, KitchenAid double ovens, dishwasher, refrigerator. Stocked pantry with bar refrigerator. Plenty of room for a handful of chefs to cook an impressive holiday dinner while others make those tangy Mojitos for sunset on the 60 foot veranda. Pipes Canyon Lodge is cozy and intimate enough to be enjoyed by a handful but spacious enough for everyone to sit around the roaring fire and tell ghost stories. There are lots of private venues indoors and out, for pouring over a good book or that script or...

Two more fireplaces and a central heating system ensure that you will be toasty during your stay. One in the dining room that adds to the ambiance of dinners that stretch into the wee hours, and one in the Jacuzzi room adding to the steam you create. The Jacuzzi is centered in it's own 500 foot square room. The spa room doubles as a dorm room and looks out at majestic Black Lava Butte, just 250 feet away. The Butte was recently named ' Ayte'ivyat' by Ernest Silva a respected elder of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. The Serrano Indians lived on this butte and Chiefs and Shamans reportedly performed ceremonial rituals and dances on the peak. It is sacred ground. When see it, you will dance too. Climb it before breakfast and contemplate all that is good in your life.

With forty mile unobstructed views all around, sunsets are not to be missed. Whether from our 60 foot covered veranda or under our shaded pergola. What the heck, try both. Our beautiful boulder monument is there to climb or just ponder. If staying close to home is your scene, just count boulders in the front and backyard.

We are now equipped for retreats. We can accommodate up to fourteen participants comfortably in the house, and we have a separate instructor/s quarters. New this season? Our completely tricked out 1953 Spartan Royal Mansion Trailer. 300 square feet of luxury - 1950's style! Full kitchen! Indoor and outdoor showers. Sleeps two/three or four if you're 'close'! Separate rental fee. Our beautiful 20 x 20 pergola perfect for medicine circles or yoga mats or dining alfresco! Come on, you deserve it! And of course, the Lodge! 2500 square feet of bliss. Incomparable stargazing. Sunset cocktails on your own boulder monument. It's pure heaven. What are you waiting for? If that's not enough, how about the 'wild' backyard directly adjacent to 60,000 acres of wilderness. Oh, and those gorgeous bobcats. Perched on top of Pipes Canyon with views of San Jacinto, Sleeping Indian (Sawtoothe) and Big Bear.

Pappy & Harriets just down the road!!!!

What we cannot describe? The ineffable power and presence of the unseen, the whisper on the wind of a time that was, and the limitless imagination that you bring to this ancient landscape. This is a place where the loudest thing you will hear is your inner voice or the howl of a coyote. Come on up and get reacquainted.

Utterly unique Pipes Canyon Lodge at the cultural crossroads between the old and the new west. From experimental architects to cow-punk rock and roll, the Pioneertown-Pipes Canyon area has it all. Whether you drive the 20 minutes to magnificent Joshua Tree National Park or simply step out our backdoor and hike the 60,000 aces of undeveloped Mojave wilderness immediately adjacent,with awe inspiring rock formations, stunning mesas and complete quiet, you will be changed. More stars than you can possibly imagine so close you can reach out and touch them.

The lodge is perfect for a romantic getaway, family vacation, your own big chill weekend with friends, unforgetable wedding or peaceful retreat. Located just 8 minutes from famous Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, great music and good food are easily accessible.

And keep in mind, we are always 15 degrees cooler than Palm Springs and 10 degrees cooler than Joshua Tree Park, making this destination perfect year round. Additional accommodations available close by for larger groups. Enjoy delicious gourmet meals from Pipes Canyon Productions - with or without service. Excellent location for photo or film shoots. Location, kraft services and gourmet catering packages available.

Two night minimum - holidays - three nights. Christmas , Thanksgiving, Easter four day minimum.


Keywords: Ranch House/Lodge/Pioneertown/Joshua Tree/Retreat/Location/family reunion/

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pamela Galvin (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Why Pamela Galvin chose Joshua Tree

We had no intention of buying in the desert although it has always been our favorite place to reset our spirits. A friend invited us for tea in Pipes Canyon. On the way there, we agreed we would never want to live in a place so remote. After twenty minutes at their house, we called a realtor who brought us to this magical property. The sheer drama of the panoramic views, the power of Black Lava Butte and we were hooked. We made an offer the next day and we have never looked back. As artists, we cherish the inspiration we always find in Pipes Canyon and we adore sharing this wonderful hideaway with fellow artists and thinkers from around the world. After 13 years, this little pocket of wonder continues to thrill and inspire us.

What makes this house unique

The play of light from dawn to starry night sky. The wildlife. The brilliant colors of the sunsets. Soaking in the indoor mineral spa with a warm

fire burning. The warmth of the stone fireplace in the great room, 'sit down' dinners in the luxurious formal dining room, cooking in the amazing

and perfectly stocked kitchen, hiking in the 60,000 acre 'park like' wilderness out the front door, waking to the golden glow of the sun coming up

on black lava butte, just outside your window. Watching the sunset from the boulder monument on the property or from the 60 foot covered front


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Pipes Canyon Lodge - May Cancellation! Best Flowers! Boulders! Spa! Ah Bliss!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Los Angeles, CA

Fantastic Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This place was excellent. I led a retreat here and it was the perfect spot. The setting, the accommodations, the Jacuzzi, the mountains... Just fantastic! Will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jeremy. You were perfect guests. You left the house in pristine condition, which made the staff smile. We would welcome you and your guests back anytime. Wishing you a beautiful and peaceful New Year! Pamela and Stephen

Great place for a getaway with friends!

  • 5 of 5

A group of 15 of us stayed here for the weekend and couldn't have had asked for a better home for the weekend. It's in the perfect location and has tons of space for a large group to get comfortable in.

I would HIGHLY recommend staying at Pipes Canyon Lodge! The amenities are perfect and the hosts are available to answer any questions that you may have. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ernesto! You guys were great and we would welcome you back anytime.
Los Angeles

Birthday Bliss

  • 5 of 5

Ahhh...what an incredible weekend we got to have at Pipe's Canyon Lodge! For one of my (big) birthdays, I wanted to have friends gather, instead of having a huge party (got to have that, too, at Pappy and Harriets!!). About 20 friends came, and we cooked delicious food in the best stocked kitchen I have ever experienced in a weekend rental, or even most homes! We hiked in the butte. We sat by the fire at night. We napped in the comfy beds. Much of the time was spend outside starring at the vistas, chatting about life! Perfect birthday weekend, at the most incredible home. Pam and Steve were amazing hosts, responding quickly to questions, making sure we were comfortable. Everyone fell in love with the place. All were sad to leave. It really was such the most incredible place to have my birthday weekend. We are coming back in September to celebrate another big event...this is now our go-to place for gatherings. Thank you Pam and Steve for creating such a special place! XO Deirdre

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: From your first inquiry, we knew that you and your family were a perfect match for Pipes Canyon Lodge. This review confirms it. You love all the things we love about it. Please come back often. We will mix up some house Mojitos! Many thanks!
San Francisco, CA, USA

Best Family Reunion Ever

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just wanted to let you know that Pipes Canyon Lodge was the perfect location for our recent family reunion. We were 9 folks in total and every single person was comfortable and had a place to call their own. The large living room was ideal for evening and afternoon gatherings, the dining room and kitchen gave us the perfect place to enjoy family meals and the "jacuzzi" room was ideal for relaxing and provided us with the comfortable sleeping arrangements that we needed for this large group. I would not hesitate to recommend your Pipe Canyons Lodge to anyone for a large family gathering or a small intimate get-away. Thanks for everything that was done to make this the best vacation ever. The owners left us plenty of information on the area and made sure that we had everything we needed to enjoy the property to it's fullest potential. We plan to make this our family reunion location for years to come.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We thoroughly enjoyed having you as guests. It was a bonus to find so many things that we have in common. The housekeeping staff were thrilled with the tip and the condition the house was left in. Please come back soon.
Los Angeles

Desert Paradise -- Even better than the photos, which didn't seem possible

  • 5 of 5

We needed an escape from the grind and smog of post holiday L.A. and what we got was our souls back. This was a repeat visit to the High Desert, but we'd never experienced the beauty that was awaiting us at The Pipes Canyon Lodge. Everywhere you look: sitting on the front porch, through the kitchen window, around the out door dining table, or from the jacuzzi tub -- the desert landscape is breath-taking. We got up at sunrise (something we never do in L.A.) just to see the light travel across the mesa. And cocktail hour on the porch is a dazzling display.

Pam is the perfect host. She anticipated anything we could have wanted. She gave us excellent directions from L.A. and then had great suggestions for where to eat on our drive in. And she's not kidding when she says that kitchen is ready to cook in. Wonderful stocked spices, pots and pans.

But if that wasn't reason enough, the house was so well designed, THREE fireplaces! A Piano! All the modern amenities you could want to cook with. And the stove, that's a stove for hearth meals. The beds were perfect. Pam and Steve have a huge library of books that were perfect for every mood -- mysteries, westerns, literature, plays, history, biography -- I never wanted to leave the cozy couch.

The house is beautifully laid out that even though we had friends with us we never felt we were living on top of one another. There are thoughtful touches in every room, a centerpiece of desert succulents, wonderful art on the walls, and painted desert throw rugs. The jaccuzzi was exquisite in-doors with nearly a 360 degrees views of the mesa and butte. It feels like you've stepped into the desert hideaway used for a Ralph Lauren photo shoot.

We could have spent the whole three days sitting and watching the light travel across the sky, tuned in to the "desert tv" station but we roused ourselves for some hikes. We've hiked the trails of Joshua Tree National Park and these hikes in Pipes Canyon were every bit as splendid but without the crowds and the liter they leave. We ventured into town and had a blast at Pappy's and Harriet's. The band was tight that night but I hear that's just what you expect every night at the joint.

We can't' stress enough how magical a place Pipe's Canyon Lodge is...clean, quiet, warm. It's just the perfect place to go to breathe the clean desert air and lay in the many lounge chairs and look up at the stars.

The first thing we did upon getting back to L.A. was start planning our next trip back.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely testament. We loved having you and look forward to your return! Thank you for your kind words and for leaving the house is such wonderful shape. You are indeed the kind of guests Pipes Canyon Lodge was designed for! Warmest regards, Pam and Steve

Beyond All Expectations

  • 5 of 5

I don't even know where to begin when it comes to reviewing our stay at Pipes Canyon Lodge. What I can say is that we just had one of the best vacations EVER, due in no small part to this house and the incredible energy that came along with it.

First, the house: phenomenal inside and out. We enjoyed the jacuzzi, the cozy beds with electric blankets, the three fireplaces, the piano, the guitar, the stocked kitchen. Excellent showers/bathrooms (3!), inviting dining room table, cozy kitchen table where we played Pictionary (provided) for the first time! Outside -- what can I say? The views, the views! The sky came alive with sunrises and sunsets, and even mid-day provided the bluest skies I'd ever seen. Snow in the distance, rocks everywhere you turn ... we even saw rainbows more than once. Finally, the star-gazing ... I can't tell you the last time I pondered the Little Dipper, O'Ryan's Belt and we saw several shooting stars. Put down the iPhones and look UP!

Next, the people: Pamela and Steven went out of their way to email, call and make sure we were set up with every need. They were SO ATTENTIVE to make sure that we were comfortable. Their local contacts, Laurel and John, were beyond accommodating. I felt like we really met soul mates in them ... they love the desert and their energy was infectious. I cannot say enough about how genuine and helpful they were. Such good salt-of-the-earth people and they influenced our stay in such a positive way.

Finally, the area: this was our first trip to the Joshua Tree area and um, yeah, the desert is NOT Palm Springs! THIS is the real deal, people. I never thought I was a "desert person" until this trip. We will DEFINITELY be back. From eating at Pappy and Harriets (highly recommended) to rock climbing at "The Monument" (aka JT National Park ... oh yeah, we know the lingo now), this was truly one of the best trips our family has ever taken.

Our only regret is that we could not stay longer and spend more time at the house. We will have to remedy that and come back again, REAL soon. Thank you Pamela, Steven, Laurel and John. Trip of a lifetime. THANK YOU!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: From the moment Deborah contacted us, we knew that they would be the best guests. Yes, you can tell a lot about people by their emails. She was open, engaging and excited about sharing Pipes Canyon Lodge with her husband and three lovely kids. My gut instincts were confirmed when Jon and Laurel raved about the whole family! We cannot wait to welcome them back. I hope that when they visit again, we will be there to greet them personally.


Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Nearest Golf
45 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Old Woman Springs - 247
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Nearest Beach
130 Miles
Santa Monica
Car: necessary

Bouldering, rock climbing. Close to Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown. Eight minute drive. Adjacent to 60,000 acre wilderness.


Rates & Availability

From $595 Per night

Joshua Tree House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Nightly minimum $545 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes Cleaning Fee: $175 - $250, Trash Fee: 12+ guests - $100.00, Cancellation Policy: Strict: 50%(of full reservation) refund up to 30 days prior to arrival, less fees, less than 30 days no refunds. Events and Holidays: No Refunds. Refundable Deposit $350. Check in 3:00 p.m. Check out 11:00. Rates and Policies subject to change without notice. Late check out: $50. Sorry, no dogs.
Rates: 1-6 guests $595/night, 7-9 guests $675/night, 10-12 guests $850/night. Additional Guests Up to 19, $40 per guest per night. Groups 12 plus - $100 trash fee.Two Night Minimum. Three to five night minimum on Holidays. Event Fees Apply: For parties including more than guests registered. Rates upon request. 50% Deposit at booking, balance two weeks prior to arrival. Weekly 7 nights for 6
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Joshua Tree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Dialup Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • Guest trailer - separate rental. Sleeps up to four guests.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 4 - 6 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Jacuzzi suite 500 square feet/private bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Separate rental: guest trailer bath/outdoor shower slps 4
    Master/private bath - 1 queen , Fainting couch often used as baby bed, add'l single availabl
  • Queen size Beds (2) Two queen beds in private bedrooms, Double Beds (2) In Trailer - 300 square feet, Twin or Single Beds (8) 11 singles. Two guests per queen and double beds unless specified ahead of time.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing

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