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Knotty Pony Chalet on park border, hot tub, sleeps 6, boulder scramble or hike

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, sparsely populated area, walk into park from property's edge

The Knotty Pony is located directly on the Joshua Tree National Park border. She's an easy 4 miles from the downtown eateries. Hiking explorations of the park start at the end of the driveway, with trails into spectacular, secluded ravines. Other nearby attractions include the 49 Palms Oasis and Indian Cove (a favorite spot for rock climbers).

Built in the seventies and nestled in a grove of mature trees, the Knotty Pony is a big friendly chalet of a house with an open floor plan, original 18' beamed ceilings and tons of warm wood. Our suspicion is that she started life as a back-in-the-day kit house that one might have found plans for in Sunset Magazine. We selected restored vintage modern furniture pieces, craft items, and art to express our appreciation for handmade objects, and left as many of the original rustic features in place as comfort and taste would allow. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms accommodate up to six peeps. The master bedroom/bath suite has a king bed and tons of closet space, plus tub and shower in the bathroom. One of the two upstairs bedrooms has a queen bed, and the other has a daybed (the daybed can also be configured into two twins or one queen). The upstairs bedrooms share a bathroom which also has a tub and shower. There's also a large sofa/daybed in the TV lounge. There's plenty of seating under the porch overhang for gazing down at the long views to the north, or for looking up at the dark night skies, and coal barbecues and a fire barrel for roasting some eats.

Experience pristine hikes and park scenery without ever getting in the car...simply step outside the door and walk the 50 or so paces that will take you onto the critter trails that crisscross the nearby parkland. Inside Knotty Pony, Fujitsu mini-splits quietly and cleanly heat and cool each zone of the house for comfort regardless of season. Basic cable TV and Netflix are provided in the mezzanine hang-out lounge, and the acoustics in this wood house are so perfect that we just had to install a turntable backed up with an eclectic sampling of vinyl. The six person jacuzzi is in the sheltered side yard and is professionally maintained between guests. Books, board games, cookbooks, an assortment of basic spices, and good cookware and appliances (Jen Air oven, a dishwasher, electric 5 burner stove) speak to a range of interests. The 9' dining table is a great place to spread out and work on a project or to enjoy a communal meal.

Because it's such a roomy property, it might be tempting to invite the gang out for a bash. Though we love attending a lively party, please refrain from having one here as we need to keep the property in A+ condition for guests seeking quality space and quiet enjoyment. Likewise, special arrangements are required for filming and photo shoots. So sorry, but we no longer allow pets.

Knotty Pony makes a great weekend retreat, but please inquire about longer stays as we happily slide the scale as the number of nights, weeks, or months increase! Over half of Knotty Pony visitors are return guests, with multiple return stays of up to four months. We encourage long stays, with weekly rates at 1,600. and the monthly rate at 3,250. (or about 108. dollars per night) for one month and 2,950. per month for multiple months. Nightly stays are 325. per night. Please click on the "rates" tab below the photos for accurate pricing, as the VRBO "average pricing" feature in the headline can be misleading! They combine all of the rates from nightly to monthly, and deduce an average. This is not an optional feature, so I apologize for any misdirects that this formatting may have caused.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
July 5, 2017

About Miriam

As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found my little spot in the Mojave....I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree offers. 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, wi-fi and music!).

Miriam purchased this house in 2010

Why Miriam chose California

When I stumbled on The Knotty Pony as a rambling diamond in the rough with her 2000 sq. ft of untouched original woodwork, FABULOUS park-adjacent location with big views and mature trees, there were only two things that I could do…take down the realtor sign and pick up my hammer!

What makes this house unique

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.


Panorama Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing


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Knotty Pony Chalet on park border, hot tub, sleeps 6, boulder scramble or hike
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Perfect Base Camp for exploring Joshua tree national Park

  • 5 of 5

We loved it. Great views, charmingly appointed, convenient location, and a wonderful family size hot tub!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Beautiful property with unbelievable views

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to imagine a better place to stay if forced inside by the rare wet weather. Light a fire in the fireplace, put on a record from the eclectic collection, sit back and enjoy a magnificent view of Joshua Tree. Sleeps six comfortably, full kitchen with Joshua Tree Coffee Roaster beans at the ready.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, fascinating, inspired home. Our extended family of six (mixed ages) greatly enjoyed the interior decorations and its location adjacent to the Joshua Tree National Park. It was a perfect location for our combined reunion and holiday.

It is as quiet as the dark night that allowed us to view the Milky Way. Comfortable beds assisted in a good night’s sleep. Outdoor appointments also designed for relaxation.

The owner was most helpful with how-to information for the home.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles CA

Heaven in the dessert

  • 5 of 5

The Knotty Pony has everything you could want or need!!!! This beautiful extremely well maintained property is so lovely you don't want want to leave even tho Joushua Tree National Park IS the backyard- And Main Street is 5 mins away

I go there with my two small children who love to lay in the hammock watch lizards count rabbits and name birds they love to pick out records to play from an incredible collection and dance in the yard

We hike and hot tub all day

We do enjoy Poppy and Harriots where children are welcome to listen to live music and enjoy huge meal, there is a ghost town to roam around as well

The Knotty Pony is the perfect place to relax restore and make everlasting memories

Thank YOU Miraim for creating this heaven for ALL to enjoy!!!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palm Desert CA

You wont want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

I have found that being at the Knotty Pony takes some discipline on why you are there. You could be there for the Music Festival, some hiking in the close by Joshua Tree, or visiting the local town. It is a short drive away from Pioneer Town or even Pappy and Harriet’s. Whatever you are doing you will need the strength to leave to go do what you had originally planned to do. It is a magical place that has its own life. You open the windows and doors and sit on the front patio with a selection from the record collection turning softly in the background watching nature in front of you with a cozy comfortable feeling. An eclectic taste of design will treat you inside and out as you discover the design and decoration of a very well built and maintained house in a secluded peaceful area. The well-stocked and furnished kitchen welcomes you to create a meal or there is the barbeque in the front for a night time feast under the stars with the Jacuzzi to take you down the final bit of relaxation and you know the comfort of a great sleep awaits you in the quite with cozy beds. I can’t say enough I am quite spell bound by this place and look forward to my stay almost more than the events I am there for. She has her own personal touches that make it magic.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for two families of four with school aged kids. Two kids were able to sleep in the loft with air mattresses. The house and grounds were extremely well maintained. A special treat was the massive collection of old albums from the 60s-80s and a working turnstile to play them on! Each night was a treasure hunt to find our evening's soundtrack! Highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs Airport
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Twenty Nine Palms Hwy
Car: necessary

Knotty Pony Chalet abuts the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park. A secluded, marked trailhead just across the dirt road access takes hikers into spectacular ravines, with easy, scenic hiking options along the way for those inclined toward leisure. Boulder scramble a stone's throw from the front door. Some years we have seen bighorn sheep on the mountain just to the south. The covered porch looks out to long valley views. Downtown Joshua Tree is about 4 miles away.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

One page rental agreement is sent in advance. Rate for two guests is 275.00/night. Please note that rates decline depending on length of stay, beginning after 4 or more days. Weekly and monthly rates reduce substantially from daily rate. Contact owner for quote. Sorry, no events or groups exceeding 6 guests. Four night minimum during Christmas week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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