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Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish


25 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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2.5 acre, 3BR 2 Bath, 3 Person FAR Infrared Sauna Modern Design meets Homest

ENTER THE NINJA RANCH, and leave having vested, tested and rested your inner Ninja!


- 2.5 acres in town of Joshua Tree, CA

- 1/4 mile off Hwy 62

- 300 yards off park boundary

- 1 mi. from Indian Cove Park Entrance

- Directly between National Park West & East entrances

- 3 person FAR Infrared Sauna

- Top of line mattresses and bedding

- Chef/Foodie amenities, stainless steel cookware, dishware, dishwasher (family friendly), garbage disposal, grill

- Wrap around porch with hammocks, fire pit,

- Adjacent to park boundary

- Incredible panoramic views

- 15 minute kid friendly walks from the door.

- Secluded, tranquil, pristine and quiet.

- 10 min. To Joshua Tree restaurants, yoga studios, and shops after a day in the park.

- Extraordinary sweeping 360 degree views from every bedroom.

- Stunning sunsets and night skies with star showers daily.

NO PETS, MAX PARTY SIZE 6, NO EVENTS OR PARTIES, NO EXCEPTIONS THANKS ;) We provide a safe space for guests with pet allergies to stay and play. We operate on an on site water tank system.

The Ninja Ranch is perfect for a family, girls weekend, 3 couple getaway, or up to two small families. No exceptions due to onsite water supply. Ranch has 3 bedrooms, each with a queen bed. One opens to a south view, the other two to the north (one with direct access to the second bathroom.) Vaulted ceilings in the great room. Formal dining for 6 inside and out. A luxurious and well appointed ranch for the discerning traveler with inifnite special touches. The rental provides access to the first floor of the property only (owners storage loft excluded) with a lovely open floor plan in the main living area.

We have only one neighbor who values the seclusion of the Magical Mojave as much as we do. Therefore large groups, parties and noise are not a match for the Ninja Ranch.

Property is leased via a signed rental agreement. Payment is easily handled via the online payment system. I make a personal contact with each person I rent to and do my best to ensure your stay is pure mojave ninja magic. Ninja Ranch is a super special place that loves super people.


Please join us for the Joshua Tree Music Festivals, May & October each year.

Keywords: Ninja, Ranch, Home, 3 BR, sauna, Borders National Park

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish

About Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien

Ninja, lover of the magical mojave, public lands planner nationally and internationally, operative reporting to organizer and instigator of the Joshua Tree Music Festival (may and oct. 2015)

Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien purchased this house in 2011

Why Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien chose California

The small town of Joshua Tree has a radically high ratio of lovely, creative folks. The wide open surroundings are inspiring. I had been looking for a place with some space, adjacent to the park. I fell in love with the ranch in a ninja minute.

What makes this house unique

You can become a certified Ninja!


based on 25 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews

We had a lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

The house has been designed beautifully. The furniture is clean, new, and comfortable. Our bed was great. The kitchen was stocked with good utensils, nice pots and pans, and nice dishes. We weren't crazy about the shower, which involves standing in a tall tub - it's just a little awkward to get out - but because we were asked to be super water-conscious, we didn't use it every day anyway.

This house felt luxurious in many ways, including a lovely patio space where we spent our evenings.

Do be aware of the need to be careful with water, and the septic system. I didn't see that as a drawback, merely a reality in the desert on a property that is self-sufficient in terms of water.

We didn't meet the owners, but they were very responsive to text messages and gave clear instructions in advance.

Our main purpose in being here was to spend multiple days seeing and hiking in Joshua Tree. Our springtime visit was perfect in terms of weather, flowers, and uncrowded trails!

We would gladly stay at Ninja Ranch again.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had a great time! As a federal employee working in public lands, I have to make incremental improvements over time at the ranch. Each season sees new improvements. Next season we are planning a full stall shower as part of the ranch improvements in the green bedroom:) A few more years after that the vision is for the clawfoot tub to transform into a full steam sauna and shower.
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  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough great things about our stay at the Ninja Ranch! We are a family of 4 with 2 teenage boys, and wanted to stay close to the Joshua Tree National Park. The Ninja Ranch was perfect, from the close proximity to the Park (for our day hikes), to the RELAXING atmosphere after our hikes, to exceeding our every need! The home is very clean and every amenity is met! Chaz was very easy to work with and had great input for our hikes, eating, and star gazing...which I can't express how wonderful it is right out the front door!! My son brought his telescope and we even got to see the stripes on Jupiter since there isn't any light pollution! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I would absolutely recommend Chaz's home to anyone who wants to hike, relax, and rejuvenate themselves!! Thank you so much!!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I can't begin to express the happiness it brings to hear when the vision for Ninja Ranch is realized. A few more people, feeling a little happier and healthier, from a place that helps us disconnect from distractions and build deeper connections to each other and the world we live in. Thanks so much for joining us.
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Wonderful time in the desert in a beautifully decorated ranch

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at Ninja Ranch. It was clean and we loved Chaz's decorative eye. The beds were super comfortable and the kids loved the tiny door into their room. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed:) I am trying to create a place where people can fully unplug, replug and recharge:) In light of that I try to create habitat, both inside and outside the ranch to help guests return to daily life refreshed. Thank You!
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Fun for a group getaway

  • 5 of 5

The name is what initially caught our eye -- several of us are martial-arts-film enthusiasts -- and made for lots of fun pre-trip joking about our upcoming ninja training camp. When we arrived we were thrilled to find the Ninja Ranch to be a quiet, spacious, and well appointed home.

Our group of 5 was very comfortable in the house, which allowed for privacy in the bedrooms but also relaxed togetherness in the living area or outside. Especially impressive was the kitchen, which has all the equipment a serious cook needs. It's enough to tempt you to just hang out at the ranch, cooking and chatting, for your entire stay -- though of course you'll want to leave to explore the park, which is conveniently close.

Chaz was extremely helpful and responsive both before and during our stay. Our only regret is that we hadn't planned on staying longer. We definitely hope to come back to Ninja Ranch next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time. The house is VERY clean, this is always so important to me. We loved the hammocks. In the evening I was in the hammocks while my husband BBQ, we sat by the fire and watched the stars come out. They sure are bright here!! The bed was super comfy and the couch too. The kitchen was well stocked, we had everything we needed and more. Hiking was the best, and we watched he rock climbers which was amazing to see. The home is located in a very quiet area which made is so peaceful. I actually meant to ask Chaz, where did you get those awesome bath towels? I want some for our home. We watched Netflix at night after the fire pit and star gazing. Mornings were equally beautiful....we would have caught sunrise but the bed was so comfy we slept in, lol. Great place, highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! IKEA is my go to for the bath sheet towels!
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Ninja Ranch and Awesome Exploration

  • 5 of 5

I took my two children and one of their friends and we had a great time. The house was very comfortable, enough seating at the dining room table to eat and play games. The coffee maker was fabulous!! I couldn't ask for more!

Directions were awesome and it was right off the main drag so easy to find.

Chaz was very amenable !!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! I really try to make it a special habitat inside and out for people to unplug from what can bring us down in every day life and tap back into what lifts us up...friends, family, nature, "home", "adventure, love, fun and laughter:) Hope to see you again:)
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon grass fed beef
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 62
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Dowtown Jtree 5 miles
Car: necessary

The property is located: DIRECTLY adjacent to the Joshua Tree National Park Boundary; 1.5 miles Indian Cove. DIRECTLY between both park entrances. One neighbor within 100 acres of the Ranch, 1/4 mile off the main thoroughfare of Hwy 62 (29 Palms Highway) makes it incredibly easy access and perfect quiet. Incredible sweeping 360 degree views. NO PETS for guests and children with allergies for a healthy spot to stay and play.

Amenities are for DISCERNING TRAVELERS, chefs cookware dishwasher, 800sf patio, fire pit, BBQ, games, guitar, SMART TV, BluDVD player. Towels and sheets for guests booked. 3 Bedrooms 2 Queen 1 full queen. Ample sitting and eating areas indoor and out for 6. One full (shower) one half bathroom. Beautifully appointed. The perfect place to unplug for a weekend away from it all, and the perfect location to access all The National Park has to offer.


Rates & Availability

Joshua Tree House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
Veterans Day Weekend
Nov 10 2016 - Nov 14 2016
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Season
Nov 17 2016 - Nov 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 25 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Season
Nov 26 2016 - Nov 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday 1
Dec 15 2016 - Dec 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 21 2016 - Dec 28 2016
5 night minimum stay
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Presidents Weekend
Feb 16 2017 - Feb 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Service $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.5%

Guests over 4 = additional $20 per night per guest up to the 6 maximum party size
6 maximum party size limit
Cleaning fees - additional $100
Taxes - 9.5%
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No events, parties, ceremonies, commercial or filming permitted on site

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California House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , new toilet and beautifully restored sink new fixtures
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , modern wall hung toilet dbl sink shower only tub decorative
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , grand skylight over bed for night skywatching and ninja door
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , double patio doors to beautiful covered concrete slab patio
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
Can provide local references for climbing guides, babysitting, private chef massage, yoga and private car service, etc.

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