Located DIRECTLY on the border of Joshua Tree National Park, Think Tank is a one minute hike onto parkland, a one mile walk or drive to the formal West park entrance, and four miles to downtown Joshua Tree. Think Tank is distinct in that it's surrounded on three sides by huge undeveloped parcels of pristine desert, and the nearest visible structure is almost a quarter of a mile away: yet it's easily accessed by car and in the secure Monument Manor area at the threshold of the park. The understated rustic exterior blends seamlessly with the landscape while the interior sports polished concrete floors and Jenn Air appliances, and an ultra comfy queen bed. This 100% solar property sits at the base of Quail Mountain and offers seclusion, excellent wildlife sightings, and dark night skies. Guests share the gated 5 acres with tortoises, coyotes, bobcats, hawks, eagle, quail, jackrabbits, seasonal wildflowers, and more. Amenities include WiFi, air conditioning, gas heat and cable TV, on demand hot water, glass shower, laundry, chef grade cookware, large stone fire pit, drum and Weber BBQs, outdoor platform bed, remote control security shutters, ranch style wood fired outdoor soaking tub, and critter pond. Intimate and romantic, this home is suited for one person or a couple but not for larger groups. If you're looking for more than a month of bliss, please inquire about the sliding rate scale!
So sorry, but we no longer accept pets.
As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert.As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found this five acres of Mojave bliss....I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree. My hope is that the resulting home reflects the unassuming laid-back lifestyle that I value but sometimes find difficult to enjoy in LA, while also reflecting a respect for nature, warmth, a bit of humor, and relaxation with the necessary flourishes (good art, good books, WiFi and tubing under the stars!).
Think Tank is new to VRBO, but for reviews on my hosting please check out my feedback at 'Joshua Tree Getaway, VRBO#111014'.
Miriam purchased this cabin in 2010
After buying my first vacation home in Joshua Tree and many fabulous experiences hosting guests, I found that my first house had grown in popularity...to the point that I was unable to stay myself! So I began scouring the MLS and local rumor mill for an additional property, something really special, something that had to at least match my first getaway. When Think Tank popped onto the market, I knew that it was priceless. Secluded, on the park, 100% state-of-the-art solar, gas appliances. It's my 'forever' spot.
Being in a house on the border of a wilderness area is a powerful reminder of many things. I love this house for helping me to remember how many stars there are in a night dark sky, what the sound of quiet feels like, and how to gauge the passing of hours by the movement of light and color across a rock mountain outside the window.
From the moment we drove onto the property we knew that Think Tank would be a wonderful home away for the month we had chosen to be in Joshua Tree. We had traveled to JTNP the year before our stay at Think Tank and knew that this National Park and the area surrounding Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Wonder Valley deserved more attention. So we returned and we will do so again if you all out there don't rush to rent Miriam 's treasure.
Think Tank is a wonderful place from which to explore this high desert.
The house is cozy and beautifully laid out for two people. We had everything we needed , including quail and coyote and antelope ground squirrels and a wide assortment of birds. Sadly we missed a Bobcat sighting.
The kitchen is well supplied and we were welcome to use whatever we found in the Larder. The bed is comfortable and the shower is sublime, especially after a day of hiking in the desert.
We had a few joyous days of rain and snow on the distant mountains and the gas fireplace added to the ambiance of this idyllic house. This is a home that you can spend time enjoying as well as enjoying every thing else there is to do in this desert. And there is no end to what you can do in this wonderful part of California.
For those who like kitsch , this place is a find! We found a new treasure very day. Rocks! Signs! Old mining gear! A Bottle Tree! Garden sculptures!
And then the fact that you are surrounded by open space protected by the Mojave Desert Conservancy and the BLM and the National Park makes this spot a place to treasure.
Have we said enough?
We wil return.
This house was absolutely perfect for visiting Joshua Tree.
Immaculately clean but still warm, inviting and incredibly comfortable, especially the bed.
Beautiful views in every direction, and from every room even from inside the gorgeous shower.
The house itself is an experience: desert friendly landscaping and off the power grid – solar powered- and totally cozy. Isolated but safe feeling. Very conveniently located right near the park entrance, near the town of Joshua Tree and also kind of in the middle of nowhere. It’s small and so thoughtfully made it could be in a sustainable design magazine. Brilliantly conceived and wonderful to spend time in.
I loved the outdoor bed. Didn’t use the wood-fired cowboy hot tub but loved the idea of it. Great outdoor dining… looks like a great place to have people over for a barbeque.
Lovely linens and towels and dishes and pots and pans. Good reading material. Nice gas fireplace. Perfect quiet, stars, hiking.
Miriam was totally delightful and responsive.
It was an ideal place for one person and would also be lovely for a couple.
There was a very useful book of things to do and places to go and instructions for the house but with a relaxed vibe.
I was there in the winter and loved it. Buy your groceries and go nowhere else but into the park for hikes and you’ll be extremely happy.
Dear Miriam, thank you for sharing your great and thoughtful house with me.
I absolutely recommend the Think Tank for anyone vacationing in Joshua Tree. My stay was 5 days and was my first time visiting Joshua Tree. I made plans for the trip at the last minute and Miriam was excellent at quickly returning my emails, answering questions, and finalizing the reservation all in the week before my stay. Although the property sits off the main road I had no problems finding it between googlemaps and Miriam's directions. As other reviewers have stated, the pictures do not do this property justice. As beautiful as it looks on this site, it is breathtaking in person. There was clearly a lot of thought and effort put into making this home the perfect getaway spot. The backyard is visited by jackrabbits, roadrunners, quail, tortoises, and deer. I was staying alone and felt very safe throughout the stay. Everything was great and when I had a couple of questions for Miriam she got back to me immediately. The location is perfect as it is within a mile of a main park entrance and also in a convenient location to 'downtown' Joshua tree where you can access restaurants, grocery stores, etc. If you need to do a little work (as I did), there is reliable internet. A plethora of hiking trails are easily accessed from the park entrance near the property, and even in the hot summer I was able to enjoy hiking in the early morning hours every day. I was sad I didn't have my guitar as it would have been a perfect place for writing some music. If I have the opportunity to visit Joshua Tree again I will certainly stay here and I recommend you do, too!
Like others have noted, my instinct is not to write this review because it will encourage competition for this wonderful, exclusive yet comfortable property. Alas, Miriam's interests must prevail, as her extreme talent and overall wonderfulness defeat me. I spent last Feb at Think Tank in order to use its relative seclusion and imposing quiet to primarily polish the final draft of a book, but also do some drawings and a painting. I found the place to be perfect for my purposes, but could readily see that if I were a couple seeking lovely escape, even for a few days, I'd book Think Tank in a heartbeat. Trust me, I never lie to friends.
I really can't say enough about the three nights my husband and I spent at Think Tank -- gorgeous, comfortable, and oh-so relaxing! The cabin itself has a casual luxury that works perfectly in the desert, and the location is perfect for walks in the hills or a quick drive to the park. We spent our days hiking in JTree and then lounging around the property by 5pm, stoking the hot tub, stoking the grill, stoking the fire pit and then stuffing our faces in the hot tub with food. Amazing. I had just wrapped up an super-intense couple months for a work project, and this vacation was exactly what I needed to unwind, forget work hassles, and enjoy the landscape, cabin, property, and us. Miriam was a joy to work with, and I will never, ever forget what an amazing time we had! We also got engaged there... which was unforgettable!
We can't say enough about our stay here. Spent a long weekend celebrating my partners birthday, just the two of us. The location to the park was excellent - just down the road from the entrance and visitors center! WHERE we stay makes such a big difference to us. The minute we drove up to the Think Tank we felt at home. All the special touches outside and in. Cooked a couple of meals and had everything we needed. Satellite TV and a great variety of cd's! Such a wonderful place to come "home" to after a day of hiking. Miriam was great to answer our questions before our arrival, and even answered a text message I sent one night when we experienced an earthquake! (We're from Texas and the experience was a little disconcerting - weren't certain what had just happened!) We HATED having to leave. Thanks for such a wonderful experience!