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Boulders, Boulders and more Boulders (and plenty of Joshua Trees too!)

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Luxury guest house inside, raw virgin high desert outside

Not far from Joshua Tree National Park (near historic Pioneertown) sits the well appointed 'Gamma Gulch Guest Cabin' nestled deep within your own private valley of Boulders, Joshua Trees and Pinyon Pines bordered by miles of Protected Desert Wilderness with plenty of solitude and unlimited hiking opportunities. Perfect 'home base' for JTNP, Pappy and Harriets, Integratron, Noah Purifoy's outdoor desert museum, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs. Nicely appointed kitchen with spices, coffee and all the basics. Wifi, phone, dish TV and DVD player, and Bose music system with plenty of cd's or can be used with your mp3 player. Coffee maker, microwave, fridge, oven and all utensils. Guest cabin has a 16ft wall of sliding glass doors that look out upon your own private valley of Granite Boulders, Joshua Trees and Pinyon Pines. Weber 'Barbeque for Two' on site. Hot tub to soak in after a long day of hiking and perfect for lounging in to do some star watching. A path leads to a private eight sided meditation/yoga hut nestled in the boulders. Our guests repeatedly return from a day in JTNP and say they don't know why they went to the Park as the scenery at the Guest Cabin rivals the Park (without the tourists and traffic).


Owner
Dave and Sachi Bricker
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, burmese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Dave and Sachi Bricker

My wife, Saccavadi and I (Dave) live in the main cabin adjacent to the Guest house. We both love the desert immensely with all it's solitude, wildlife and starry nights.

As it turns out this guest cabin changed my life. I met Saccavadi 9 years ago when she was a guest in the Guest Cabin -- she was staying in the guest house to take advantage of the solitude and quiet of the desert while she finished her doctorate thesis in Buddhist studies. Saccavadi was a Bhuddist monk when she arrived at my guest house... saffron robes, shaved head. She'd been a monk for 21 years having ordained in Burma at the age of 19. Many of our guests find Saccavadi's story a very moving one. Simply google 'saccavadi' where much has been written about this simple monk from Burma. I haven't a clue as to what Sachi saw in me but as karma?? would have it we soon fell in love. Been married almost 9 years now.

Again, it's important to note that my wife and I live adjacent to the guest house. With that being said, please know it's our policy to greet you when you arrive, help you get settled in, and be available should you need anything... after that it's our policy to leave you alone so that you may connect with what we're sure you'll find an amazing and unique piece of the desert -- this is reflected in our many positive reviews. Thank you :-)

Dave and Sachi Bricker purchased this cabin in 1998

Why Dave and Sachi Bricker chose California

This property is quite unique. The population density of the area is extremely sparse which helps assure a connection with the natural environment right outside your door. The Guest Cabin, along with the main cabin is situated on a piece of land that is surrounded by hundreds, actually thousands, of government protected acres with direct access into the Bighorn Mountain Wilderness Area. The Guest Cabin is truly away from it all. You'll travel along three miles of dirt road to get to our place. When you arrive you'll instantly become aware that you are nestled in a private valley of some of the most beautiful Boulder outcroppings one could imagine, where Joshua trees, pinyon pines, and wildlife abound. An endless variety of birds are attracted to the dripping bird bath located on the deck right outside the 16 foot sliding windows that gaze upon the valley of boulders. Cottontail rabbits, antelope squirrels, the occaisional bobcat can be seen. On three occasions we've seen bighorn sheep in the backcountry and last year a bear with two cubs came strolling through...a rare site...perhaps... but I wonder how many creatures pass by when I'm not looking out the window!

What makes this cabin unique

The Guest House is ideal for those wishing to hike, birdwatch, and just be awed by the miles of magnificent rock formations. It's unlikely that you will see anyone while hiking the area. Just you and nature. Many of our guests hike to Black Mountain...the reward being incredible endless views and that feeling of accomplishment that 'I did it!'.

A hot tub offers sore muscles comforting relief and also serves as an ideal location to relax and watch a falling star or two. No city lights visible from here, we're designated dark sky territory.

We also offer a secluded meditation/yoga hut with padded carpeting and cushions for sitting on the floor or doing yoga postures. The hut has fantastic views with plenty of privacy and quiet -- conducive to listening to the song of a bird, the stirring of the breeze, a perfect setting for some quiet contemplation...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dave and Sachi, I want to say to you two how amazing our stay was at your place. Seriously, it was one of the best places I have EVER stayed. As an architect, and as a human being, I can appreciate the attention to detail that you have put into your guesthouse and property. The bed outside, the hot-tub, the bench seats in the front of the house, the buddha keeping us company, the dimmer on the lights, the tables and chairs on the patio, the small privacy screens (with a cut-out to accommodate a tree branch outside of the Kitchen window)...I could go on and on. All of this created little moments for us that I hope linger long in my mind and heart. I saw the love that you put into your property and it was much appreciated and I feel blessed to have experienced it. I will recommend your place to anyone and everyone I know and hopefully, one day soon, we'll be able to come and visit again.
Feb 2014
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Amenities

San Bernardino County Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
  • Towels and soap provided and a well stocked medicine chest with basics... bandaids, sunscreen, moisturizer, aspirin etc.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed with memory foam mattress top...very comfortable with fresh linens provided including choice of down or down alternative comforters... also, we have a very comfortable king size bed under the stars which can be great for the warmer summer nights -- fresh sheet, down ,and mattress heater included.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
Notes:
The Guest Cabin is centrally located... You can google the following: "Pappy and Harrietts", a very popular Honky Tonk with live music and great food is just a short drive away. Joshua Tree National Park is also a popular destination about a 30 minute drive. Sound baths at the "Integratron". A popular and free outdoor desert art display "Noah Purifoy Joshua Tree". Our dear friend and neighbor, "Garth Boulder Gardens" within walking distance. Also some neat Antique shops in Old Town Yucca Valley just a short drive away.

Reviews

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Boulders, Boulders and more Boulders (and plenty of Joshua Trees too!)
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews
5

Great Views, Friendly Wildlife

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for a quiet vacation. We had fun hiking in the boulders and watching the rabbits, lizards, ground squirrels and various birds all interacting with one another. Even in the summer, it was cool at night, watching stars and monsoon clouds go by.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis
5

Desert Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

This place far exceeded expectations for a relaxing retreat in the Joshua Tree area. The guest cabin is wonderful --view, comfort, necessities, privacy -- everything is as described or better. Dave and Sachi were gracious and welcoming hosts, available for help or suggestions when asked. The place is close enough to amenities and JTNP, but far enough to feel you are away 'from it all' in the desert. I hope to get back to this vacation gem soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Los Angeles
5

Beautiful guest house, amazing views, and adorable dog

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish this property exceeded our expectations. It was raining pretty badly the Friday before our visit, and David emailed the morning of to let us know the spa was down because of the rain and he would gladly refund us if we couldn't make it due to weather.

My boyfriend and I love a good rain so we continued on. Once we arrived David came out and met us. He went over information on the area, the cabin, and handed over the keys. We saw his wife Sachi over the course of the weekend, but they left us to our own devices.

Everything in the guest house was absolutely perfect. The bed is comfortable and warm and you'll be woken up by the sunrise to see gorgeous boulders in the backyard. The Bose stereo system was easy to plug into our iPhones, the kitchen was stocked with everything we wanted. Over all it was a magical weekend and we're definitely planning another trip back to Gamma Gulch.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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5

Great property to escape into the rocks and hills!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Dave and Sachi! We had a great time. Lots of rocks and Joshua Trees right in your private backyard (and rabbits and birds). The house is great and just right for a couple. Thanks for having all sorts of pots, pans, seasoning, food, toiletries, bath robes, etc, etc - everything you could want to feel at home! The yoga hut was great too!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Phenomenal Setting!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a unique and tremendous desert setting, this is the place to stay. The room has pleasant decor and is just the right size with all the amenities. Almost one entire wall is windows opening up to the boulder garden which was absolutely phenomenal. We were pleasantly surprised with the entire experience and the accommodations.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Brentwood, Tennessee
5

Magical Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for privacy and a slice of Heaven, this is it. Dave and Sachi were delightfully amazing hosts and went truly up and beyond to make my stay enjoyable, peaceful and private.

I was visiting Joshua Tree for energy medicine training and on a restricted diet, so couldn't partake of the deliciously stocked fridge and pantry, but it was appreciated none the less.

It's hard to pick a favorite thing about my stay....the midnight dips in the hot tub enjoying the spectacular view of the stars, waking up to be greeted by the view of the magnificent boulders right outside, dancing under the stars as they faded with the rising of the sun, feeding the birds that flock to be fed or the sweet daily visits from Rosie, the sweet hostess dog.

The property is just far enough and just close enough from Joshua Tree to have a true desert experience and to experience the awe inspiring boulders within which the property is nestled. It took me a few trips to know my way, but Dave met me at the intersection no matter how late to ensure I got "home" easily. Once I learned my own way, I was buzzing those roads like a local and think I broke a record on shortest time to and from town. I enjoyed every minute of the drive in and out due to the sheer desert beauty that filled my heart with gratitude and joy.

Not only did I enjoy my visit, I couldn't have met nicer people and on a future visit I hope to have a more casual schedule to spend more time with the hosts and to meet Garth, the neighbor who lives in a teepee to which people flock from near and far to meet.

Thank you Dave, Sachi and Rosie!

Book NOW. Don't hesitate.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Pappy & Harriet's Palace
"It's been called the best Honky Tonk this west of the Mississippi. Live Music --- check web..."
Ma Rouge Coffee House -- CLOSED
"The areas alternative to Starbucks...locally owned coffee house serving light meals too."
Route 62 Arts & Antiques
"Fun area to explore...a handful of antique shops with plenty of desert related stuff for sale."
Las Palmas Restaurant
"Nice Mexican restaraunt...locally owned...one of my favorites is the Spinach Enchilada combo."
C & S Coffee Shop
"Reasonably priced locally owned breakfast joint. A locals favorite. Good selection of omel..."
JTNP West Entrance
"This is the best place to enter the Park when coming from the Gamma Gulch Guest House. "
Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
"Outdoor desert art...many of our guests enjoy the experience...plus, it's free!"
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
"About 30 minute drive from Gamma Gulch Guest House...if you are a birder this is a place you..."
Salton Sea
"Either you love it or you can't stand it! A birder's paradise. The Salton Sea has an inter..."
Integratron
"Another odd piece of Desert Lore... many of our guests go there to experience the "Sound Bat..."
Crossroads Cafe & Tavern
"Locally owned popular place. Good vegetarian and vegan offerings. Great place to fill you ..."
Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel
"This place is where the locals go ... it's inexpensive for a day pass. There are 8 or 9 spa..."
Cabot's Old Indian Pueblo Museum
"Another odd bit of desert history..."
VillageFest Palm Springs
"Thursday night street fair in Palm Springs...they close down the main street to cars and ope..."
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
"From the desert floor to the mountains. Nice hiking trails on top and great views of the de..."
Joshua Tree National Park
"I'm a lover of the Park...it's what inspired me to move here. You will experience the high ..."
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Pappy and Harrietts
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Pappy and Harrietts
Car: necessary

The setting rivals the boulder outcroppings and land features in Joshua Tree Park, less the tourists and traffic.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40

Guests will be required to sign a release of Liability agreement upon arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.