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

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


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).

Dave and Sachi Bricker
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, burmese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

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 San Bernardino County

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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San Bernardino County Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • 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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
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.


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Boulders, Boulders and more Boulders (and plenty of Joshua Trees too!)
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This place is pure magic. We had a tremendous time and Dave & Sachi and their sweet dog Rosie are fantastic. The drive up to the property is stunningly beautiful. The house is very comfortable and private. The bed is great, the kitchen is stocked with everything you need and even odd and ends that other guests left behind. You cannot see a neighbor from the property - and i think the closest one is within 1/2 mile away and the house is completely surrounded by protected lands. We were so comfortable, it was so beautiful that we opted to to mostly hang out at the house and hike around the property and watch sunsets out under the super moon on new years day - soaking in the hot tub in moon light. This is the best place i have ever stayed via AirBnb or VRBO. WE WILL BE BACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We absolutely loved every element of our trip out there, the desert, the hosts, the property, the furnishings, the mediatation hut, the decor, the desert bunnies and of course the sweet pup Rosie coming to check on us throughout the day and night. Wish i could give it 6 stars.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A life changing experience!!!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely spot, incredible views and wildlife. Terrific hiking with Sachi and Rosie ( their lovely dog) We had everything we needed in this cozy, well equipped cabin. We really enjoyed Dave and Sachi’s hospitality. Loved the meditation hut. The hot tub was so comforting after a long day of hiking. We started each morning feeding the birds and bunnies. It was heaven. We got a great sense of how it is to live the desert. We loved it and can’t wait to go back. Thanks Dave and Sachi. See you soon 😆?

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Magical experience and beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

David and Sachi have created a pretty magical space in the middle of the yucca valley desert. Lovely hosts, beautiful space and one of kind natural surroundings.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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  • 5 of 5

I should start by saying that we have stayed at many great VRBO properties over the years, but have never written a review. However, this wonderful gem necessitates that a review be written! You will not find a more beautiful setting or more gracious hosts anywhere. Waking up to the boulders and the incredible sunrise, feeding birds and rabbits on the porch and sleeping out under the stars truly made this place magical. Dave and Sacchi were so gracious, and the many extra available amenities added a special touch. The location can't be beat, and the other reviewers are correct; in many ways the property itself is as beautiful as JTNP. Don't hesitate to book - you will have an experience you will never forget.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't wait to return

  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking setting - clean, comfortable, generous supplies - gracious host. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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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: July 2017
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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 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, it's free!
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
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Salton Sea
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Crossroads Cafe & Tavern
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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
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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'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.


Rates & Availability

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.

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