Looking for a desert playground where you can explore parts of the wild and warm southwest this year?
Joshua Tree National Park is home to those iconic namesake trees, of course, but also far-reaching vistas, giant climbable boulders, captivating historical sites, and some of the best sunrises and sunsets you’ll ever set eyes on.
If you’re looking for a unique getaway that will enable you to explore the national park by day and embrace the outdoors in comfort by night, then Joshua Tree glamping is what you need!
The small, vibrant towns surrounding Joshua Tree National Park are also thriving artist communities where you’ll find galleries, cool restaurants street art, and incredibly unique accommodations that include magical Joshua Tree glamping sites.
While Joshua Tree is a vast and wild landscape, it is far from desolate. This expansive park in Southern California receives more than 3-million visitors a year.
Ready to plan the perfect getaway to this unique desert destination? First, you need a place to stay! The areas around Joshua Tree National Park have a higher concentration of incredible glamping properties than anywhere I’ve ever been. These places are so unique, you’ll want to book them all.
Why not? Glamping is way more fun than staying in a hotel and way more comfortable than sleeping on the ground!
We are hooked on finding cool glamping spots all over the United States and have made it our mission to turn others onto it as well. If you are traveling to Joshua Tree via airplane, then you won’t have to pack all that camping gear for your trip. You can still have a fun, outdoor experience and sleep in a real bed at night!
Glamping is admittedly more expensive than camping, but you can save money by cooking your own food and making your own fun! We use a few different booking platforms when looking for the perfect Joshua Tree glamping spot and we encourage you to do the same.
When to go Glamping Near Joshua Tree
The best time to visit Joshua Tree National Park is between October and April. It’s insanely hot in the summer and not great for anything but lounging in a shaded hammock with an ice-cold beverage, and you won’t find much shade in the desert. Winter, on the other hand, is great for exploring the desert!
Our most recent trip to Joshua Tree was in January, and it was mild during the day, but below freezing at night. It even snowed! Unfortunately for us, we were camping without a lot of gear, and we froze our tooshes off.
The next night we got a hotel room. Lame, I know! We know better now, and if we visit Joshua Tree in the winter, we’re all about glamping!
With glamping, you can handle a few temperature extremes because you’ll be sleeping in a real bed, and you’ll have the comfort of four walls, and maybe even a source of heat.
If you want to see wildflowers blooming all over the desert, head to Joshua Tree between February and April. If you want to see tarantulas (who doesn’t?), visit in October!
The Best Joshua Tree Glamping for Your Next Adventure
There are three entrances into Joshua Tree National Park, but most of the glamping near Joshua Tree is closest to the North Entrance in Twentynine Palms or the West Entrance in the town of Joshua Tree.
The South Entrance is much more remote with no amenities, and there is no glamping in Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree National Park is massive, encompassing 1,235.4 square miles, so it’s important to plan a loose itinerary ahead of time so you don’t spend all your time driving between attractions. We recommend the Moon Guide to Palm Springs & Joshua Tree as well as the National Geographic trail map to Joshua Tree National Park.
Glamping in Twentynine Palms near the North Entrance to Joshua Tree
The town of Twentynine Palms is just minutes from the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and the Oasis Visitor Center. It’s also a great home base for exploring the Mojave National Preserve, Mojave Trails National Monument, and the Amboy Crater.
There are more than 29 murals and 40 art installations in Twentynine Palms, not to mention a handful of art galleries, a community theater, and a renowned observatory. This is a bustling community with lots of restaurants and shopping (both chain stores and boutiques).
As for exploring Joshua Tree National Park from Twentynine Palms, the north entrance is the best entrance for exploring Skull Rock, Jumbo Rocks, 49 Palms Oasis Trail, the Cholla Cactus Garden, and the Geology Tour Road.
Twentynine Palms is our favorite town for Joshua Tree glamping.
Joshua Tree Glamping Tents in Wonder Valley
Sunkissed Glamping in Joshua Tree is a private glamping village just fifteen minutes from the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. With no neighbors and views that don’t stop, Sunkissed Glamping is a convenient spot for stargazing, hammock swinging, and connecting with other nature enthusiasts.
These Joshua Tree glamping tents are perfect for two guests. Each tent includes a full-size memory foam mattress, seating poufs, a propane heater, solar lights, and a charging station. There is a private seating area just outside the tent.
The property is located on ten gorgeous acres with some amazing views of the surrounding desert and mountains. Outdoor community spaces include shaded hammocks, outdoor sofas, a large community dining table, three barbecue grills, and two community fire pits. A community bathhouse is nearby with hot showers.
What we love about this Joshua Tree glamping property: We love that this glamping spot has private areas and community areas, as we’re always hoping to meet new people when we travel.
Secluded Cabin Rental at Starlight Ranch in Twentynine Palms
Welcome to Starlight Ranch! This beautiful and well-appointed cabin is located in Wonder Valley, just 15 minutes from the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. With all the comforts of home, this may be a step even above glamping, but we’re not complaining. Not only is the stargazing phenomenal, but you can do it from your own outdoor bathtub!
Located on 2.5 acres of secluded wilderness, this awesome cabin rental features air conditioning, a TV with Roku, Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, washer and dryer, a record player, and plenty of room to spread out inside. Outdoors, you have access to a fire pit, games, a cowboy pool, and 360-degree mountain views. This high-desert property is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring in the park.
What we love about this Joshua Tree glamping property: So much to love! The outdoor bath is incredible!
1969 Silver Streak Vintage Camper in Twentynine Palms
Welcome to Flying Point Homestead where you can stay in a vintage 1969 Silver Streak trailer, complete with an open living/kitchen space, bedroom, and full bathroom. Inside the camper, there is a full-size bed, a kitchen with a refrigerator, propane cooktop, microwave, and coffee maker.
Outside, there is an outdoor fireplace, a private patio, and fabulous views. There are a total of three glamping spots on the property, but each provides plenty of privacy.
What we love about this Joshua Tree glamping spot: The vintage vibes are strong here!
Glamping in Joshua Tree near the West Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park
The town of Joshua Tree is a small community just west of Twentynine Palms. It’s a stark contrast to Twentynine Palms, with no chain restaurants and no attractions begging for your tourist dollars. Instead, you’ll find a unique desert town with a handful of restaurants and cafes and a decidedly desert-hippie vibe.
While glamping in Joshua Tree puts you pretty close to the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, don’t neglect the town itself. Be sure to check out the world-famous Crochet Museum, the Joshua Tree Outdoor Museum, and Crossroads Cafe, which has the BEST breakfast in the Mojave Desert.
The west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park is closest to Hidden Valley, Keys Ranch, Barker Dam, and Keys View.
Area 55 Futuro House: A One-of-a-Kind Spaceship Rental in Joshua Tree
This original Futuro House has been totally restored for the ultimate Joshua Tree glamping experience, and while you’ll pay top dollar for the privilege of staying here, it’s an adventure you won’t forget.
There are only 85 Futuro Houses in the world, 19 in the USA, and only one that you can spend a night in. A night in this spaceship-themed abode provides a completely off-grid glamping experience.
There is solar power for small electronic devices, an in-house Bluetooth sound system, a propane heater, and a coffee maker. Outdoors, you will find hot showers and private restrooms, and a kitchen area with a propane grill. This is a one-of-a-kind glamping experience, but it’s still rustic, so plan accordingly.
What we love about this Joshua Tree glamping experience: That is really is an EXPERIENCE!
Desert Daydream Joshua Tree Glamping Tent
Cascade Trails in Joshua Tree is a mustang sanctuary where you can visit with horses by day and snuggle up under the stars in a glamping tent when the sun goes down. Each glamping tent includes a queen-size bed with extra blankets. There are solar lights and a power bank for phone charging. A fan is provided for summer glamping, but remember that temperatures will regularly reach over 100-degrees, so plan accordingly.
Outside you will find a large fire pit, ample seating, picnic tables, and hammocks. There are communal toilets near the glamping tents, and space to cook meals outdoors. You can also meet the horses, feed them carrots, and learn more about this special herd.
Joshua Tree Glamping Airstream with E-bikes
This beautiful, minimalist Airstream in Joshua Tree has direct local access to Joshua Tree National Park via a neighborhood trail, so you can hike or bike right in without the crowds. E-bikes are available to rent so you can explore farther and get off the beaten path. The Airstream includes water, heat, A/C, a full kitchen, a comfy bed, a sink, and a shower.
Outside, there is a small deck with Adirondack chairs, a gas grill, and a gas fire pit. The Airstream is on a shared 2.5-acre lot with a rental house, but no amenities are shared.
What we love about this Joshua Tree glamping property: Easy access to Joshua Tree National Park.
Something to consider: E-bike rentals are $30 a day and not guaranteed.
Joshua Tree Glamping Dome
This modern-bohemian dome in the desert features beautiful decor and many personally designed and handcrafted items. With two bedrooms that comfortably sleep up to four guests, this magical retreat is definitely a step above glamping. A natural wood-burning stove and space heaters warm the dome on chilly evenings, and AC keeps the dome cool when the outdoor temperatures soar. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, and easy self-check-in.
Dome in the Desert is located on several secluded acres and is just a few minutes drive from downtown Joshua Tree and the west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. This beautiful vacation rental has been featured in many magazines, including Condé Nast Traveler, Esquire Magazine, Goop, Refinery29, and Apartment Therapy.
What we love about this Joshua Tree glamping property: The interior decor is simple, sophisticated, and comfortable.
Joshua Tree Camping Cabin for up to Four People
This rustic, but stylish mid-century camping cabin is located on five private acres, high on a hill with terrific views across the desert. This original Jackrabbit homestead was built in 1956 and includes two full-size beds, a small kitchenette, a bathroom with a shower, a wood-burning stove, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. There is also a small 1960s travel trailer on the property, which is great for hanging out in, but not suitable for sleeping.
Enjoy the secluded starry nights outdoors next to the propane fire pit, and use the cabin as your hiking home base for exploring Joshua Tree National Park. The cabin is within hiking distance of some great trails that lead into the park.
What we love about this Joshua Tree glamping property: The night-time views are unreal!
Glamping in Yucca Valley and Farther West
If you travel southwest from the town of Joshua Tree on Route 62, you run right into Interstate 10, which loops around the southern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park. Palm Springs and Coachella are both located west of the park, but you will also find small, unique communities like Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, and Whitewater. These towns are a little farther from the west entrance but offer a unique appeal of their own.
Glamping properties in the small towns farther west tend to be less expensive, but the tradeoff is that you have to drive a bit to get into the park. Here’s an overview of distances to help you decide if glamping our here is for you.
Distance from the West Entrance:
- Yucca Valley: 7-10 miles
- Pioneertown: 12-15 miles
- Morongo Valley: 17 miles
- Whitewater: 30 miles
Cowboy Camper in Pioneer Valley
Experience Pioneertown in a vintage cowboy trailer under a starry sky. This cozy Joshua Tree glamping camper features two bunk beds, a small kitchen with everything you need to make basic meals, and a bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet.
There is plenty of seating outside, as well as a picnic table, propane grill, and outdoor fireplace. The camper is located on a 1.25-acre ranch at the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains. The main ranch house is also a vacation rental.
The camper is located within walking distance of iconic Pappy and Harriet’s, where you can indulge in famous barbecue and live music most evenings.
Minimalist Glamping Cabin in Morongo Valley
This completely off-grid glamping cabin is situated on 100 acres with some of the best views in the high desert. Its clear walls blur the lines between indoors and out, making this a unique desert getaway that you won’t soon forget. The cabin includes a queen-size bed, a wrap-around deck, and a propane fire pit. There is a detached kitchen with a propane stove and a full bathroom just yards away. It is one of two other vacation rentals on the property. There is power for lights and heating, but not for a full-time refrigerator. A cooler is available for storing food, but you will have to bring your own ice.
There are plenty of hiking trails on the property, so you can spend your entire getaway relaxing and enjoying the property. It’s about 15 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park.
What we love about this Morongo Valley glamping property: 100 acres to explore and awesome views!
Wildflower Cabin in Whitewater, California
Located on a beautiful five-acre property in Whitewater Canyon, this unique and authentic log cabin is flooded with natural light, a cozy design, and all the comforts of home. With stunning views in every direction, fresh, modern decor, and thoughtful touches throughout, this gorgeous spot makes for a relaxing getaway any time of year. Amenities include a full kitchen, a bathroom with a clawfoot tub, a vintage record player, a fire pit, and an outdoor hot tub.
You can step outside the front door and follow the sound of flowing water to the river at the base of the canyon 100 feet below. Venture to Whitewater Preserve, 3000 acres of parkland just 1.5 miles down the road. For a full-day adventure, the famed Joshua Tree National Park is only 45 minutes away. Springtime wildflower hikes throughout the area are spectacular. A stay at the Wildflower Cabin is ideal for couples seeking a rejuvenating and romantic getaway.
What we love about this Whitewater glamping property: It’s very private and romantic.
A Few Tips for Glamping Near Joshua Tree
To make the most of your glamping trip, it’s important to pack appropriately and do your research so that you can minimize risk and maximize fun.
- Glamping is way more luxurious than camping, and there’s a good chance you won’t need any camping gear, but be sure to read the listing carefully so there aren’t any unpleasant surprises. Does your glamping spot have a bed with linens? A shower? A kitchen? A fancy espresso maker? Be sure to plan accordingly.
- Hook yourself up with an America the Beautiful Pass! If you’re planning to visit several national parks this year, we recommend getting an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. You can use your pass at more than 2,000 National Park sites and 10% of the proceeds are donated to the National Park Foundation, helping to protect our parks. The average cost of admission to a single national park is $35, so the $80 park pass will pay for itself very quickly.
- Watch where you’re walking. Not only are there pokey Joshua Trees and cactuses (cacti?), but rattlesnakes, scorpions, and black widow spiders are also active in this desert. Boots are best for most adventures, and always be mindful of where you put your hands and feet.
- Drink a lot of water. There is very little water available in Joshua Tree National Park, so bring your own when you head out on adventures. A gallon of water per day per person is recommended for adults.
- Respect the Sun. Wear sunglasses, hats with brims, and a high-SPF sunblock, even in the winter. The desert sun is quite unforgiving!
- Pack lots of layers. The weather in Joshua Tree is unpredictable – unless you’re visiting in the summer when it’s just hot. I recommend three solid layers – a long-sleeve wool shirt, an insulating layer, and a water/windproof layer. (Click on the individual links to see what I always pack.)
Ready to explore this beautiful part of Southern California? Do it in style at one of these beautiful Joshua Tree glamping retreats! And if you envision more glamping in your future, check out our glamping resource guide or read these posts:
- The Best Glamping Near the Grand Canyon
- The Best Glamping in New England
- Winter Glamping in New York
- Planning a Backyard Glamping Staycation
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