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.
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!
Reviews aren’t very useful if you don’t know the perspective of the writer. We are a nature-loving, 50-ish Midwestern couple who frequently use VRBO. We cook two meals every day. We are vegetarians and picky about food quality. We are also birders and love observing ‘exotic’ wildlife. We rented in early November. The weather was temperate during our visit.
Pictures on VRBO usually flatter the property. With this house, the opposite is true. They don’t do it justice! This is the best designed house we’ve ever rented. Miriam’s eye for design integrates outdoor vistas in a way that put you in the landscape even when you’re indoors. The interior details are just as artfully done. This is a mood lifter no matter what the circumstances. The kitchen window is a stunner. The drip-pool in the back yard is was a brilliant feature because it attracts naturalist customers as well as the other ‘regulars’:
-A dozen species of birds
We respect off-the-grid living and always felt that we have to grade the amenities ‘on-the-curve’ in OTG. houses. The Think Tank is exceptional there too. The hot water was always ready when needed. There were no brown-outs at all. The house was always comfortable. If not told, we would never have known that the house was off the grid.
We’re a bit surprised that the site doesn’t have pics of the bathroom & walk-in shower. They are as beautiful and spacious as the rest of the house. That was a VERY pleasant surprise on our arrival.
The kitchen was well appointed and stocked with useful staples. The oven is microwave/convection and not well-suited for broiling or browning. Most folks would use the outdoor grills for that. No big deal.
Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley are close enough that an emergency grocery run won’t spoil your day’s plan….but the feel of the property is decidedly not ‘town’. The towns are visible on the northern horizon, but turn your back to them to the south and it’s nothing but pure wild desert.
We used the wood-fired hot tub twice. This was a real surprise. We were skeptical but took a chance. IT WORKS, (and our nights were 40-degrees(F)). It’s not hard to operate. The only requirement is TIME. It takes every bit of 3 hours to get the water hot, but then you’re underneath countless stars, listening to the ‘coyote-network’ for another 3 hours if you want!... and you have a great story to tell your hot-tubbing friends back home when they get their utility bill!