There was a time – before air conditioning, satellite television and the internet – when desert inhabitants were a breed apart. They lived their rugged, quiet lives almost invisible to the rest of us and identified with their harsh, natural world in ways that city dwellers did not understand. Their two-lane highways, telephone wires and lonely television antennas were their only connections to the outside world, and Route 66 was their mother road.
With a vision as big as a desert dawn, Cary set out to create a rustic world where the highway icons of the 1940s and 1950s could refill travelers’ imaginations again. Scavenging for roadside Americana throughout the deserts of the Southwest, Cary slowly built a collection of neon signs, gas pumps, classic car hulks and other colorful symbols of mid-century motoring. He assembled his treasures together around a quaint little bungalow and discovered something unexpected. He found that this humble getaway had the power to disarm, charm and transport his visitors to a slower, gentler world that they remember with fondness.
Yes, the Bungalow in the Boulders is a tastefully decorated, cozy home with all the modern comforts that a traveler expects. You will find ample crisp linens, a fully equipped kitchen, clean and modern furniture and plenty of electronic entertainment equipment. There is room enough to sleep an entire family indoors and abundant seating and cooking gear to entertain outdoors. You will stay warm by the cast iron fireplace or cool under the old-school swamp cooler.
Surrounded by such abundant natural beauty, you may find yourself in the mood to explore. With the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park just minutes away, you can get started on your own personal adventure almost immediately. If you decide to stay on the grounds, take time to explore and investigate Cary’s rustic collection of relics, set on five private acres of desert wilderness. The atmosphere at the Bungalow has inspired artists, photographers and even filmmakers to create enigmatic work, so bring your sketchbook, your paints, your journal, and most of all, your imagination.
When you try to explain the funky vibe you feel, surrounded by working neon signs, old-time highway artifacts and even a genuine bottle house, you may grasp for words. Imagine waking to the sound of quail gently cooing outside your screen door as the glorious morning sun streams through thousands of colorful bottles embedded in the walls of your quiet cabin. Imagine raising a glass by the brilliant light of the desert moon, whose only competition are the shimmering heavens stretched from horizon to horizon. Now imagine the faces of your closest friends aglow under vintage neon motel signs that once guided weary voyagers along forgotten highways to get-togethers just like this.
Come to the Bungalow in the Boulders to raise that glass, take that hike and swap stories around the fire. You may feel a gentle tug from days gone by when life seemed simple – almost as simple as it is at the Bungalow.
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I'm a contractor and decorative artist with many interests. I have a passion for collecting vintage road relics, which explains the vintage motel signs, old gas pumps and other yard art located on the property. I love exploring the desert and spending time with my family and friends.
I have been visiting Joshua Tree ever since my youth and told myself that one day I would have my own desert hideout. I found this property just steps outside the park boundaries and fell in love with it. To be able to open the doors and feel and smell the desert breeze, to hear all the sounds of the birds and other creatures is peaceful. I'm very happy to be able to share with others the beauty and serenity of this desert oasis .
Experience the stunning natural beauty of the California desert as it envelops you at The Bungalow in the Boulders. take in colorful sunsets, the star filled night skies and the quiet solitude of the rustic, yet fully equipped retreat. Located within 2 hours of Los Angeles, The Bungalow in the Boulders provides a unique escape from the stress of daily life and an entrance into one of the finest National Parks in North America.