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Plan an Epic Glamping Trip to Joshua Tree

Looking for a desert playground where you can explore parts of the wild and warm southwest this year?

Sunset behind Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park
We can’t get enough of those Joshua Trees!

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 discover quirky galleries, cool restaurants, fun street art, and incredible Joshua Tree glamping sites. 

While Joshua Tree National Park 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 high concentration of incredible glamping properties, which makes finding the perfect spot to stay almost as much fun as staying there.

Why Glamping?

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

Incredible Joshua Tree Glamping for Your Next Getaway.
Glamping in Joshua Tree is always an adventure! Photos: VRBO

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, 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 to 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

Sleeps: 2
Dogs: No
Cost: $75+

Sunkissed Glamping near Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree glamping near the north entrance to the park. Photo source: Hipcamp

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, and there is a private seating area just outside the tent.

The property is located on ten gorgeous acres with 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: 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

Sleeps: 5
Dogs: No
Cost: $140

A beautiful outdoor bathtub near Joshua Tree. Photo credit: VRBO
Check out this outdoor bathtub at Starlight Ranch! Photo credit: VRBO

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, a 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

Sleeps: 2
Dogs: No
Cost: $130+

A vintage camper that you can rent near Joshua Tree National Park. Photo: VRBO
Desert glamping at its very best! Photo credit: VRBO

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, a propane cooktop, a microwave, and a 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.

Pet-Friendly Glamping in Joshua Tree with a Private Hot Tub

Sleeps: 4
Dogs: Yes
Cost: $150+

hipcamp joshua tree cabin
One of two pet-friendly cabins at this site. Photo source: Hipcamp

These two beautiful private cabins on five acres are calling your name! With stunning views overlooking public land, incredible sunsets, and a private hot tub, this gorgeous property will entice you to relax and enjoy your desert surroundings.

In fact, you can head out your door on foot to explore numerous desert hiking trails, and Joshua Tree National Park’s west entrance is just a short drive from your cabin.

Your cabin includes the use of a private hot tub, a bathroom with a shower, a gas fire pit, a propane grill, and an outdoor shower.

This relaxing retreat makes for a perfect romantic getaway in Joshua Tree.

AutoCamp Joshua Tree

Sleeps: varies
Dogs: Yes, with an extra fee
Cost: $215+

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Stay in a desert Airstream near Joshua Tree. Photo credit: AutoCamp

Visitors to AutoCamp Joshua Tree can choose from several gorgeous Airstreams and cabins with all the luxurious of home, including flat-screen TVs, an audio system with Bluetooth capability, luxury towels and toiletries, a kitchenette, heating, and air conditioning.

You can have all the privacy you want when visiting AutoCamp, but you can also take advantage of the community gathering spaces for making new friends, and the on-site dining area for when you’d rather be exploring than cooking.

There are free bike rentals available to guests, Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and you can’t beat the location between the north and west entrances to Joshua Tree National Park.

Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Joshua Tree

Sleeps: 2
Dogs: Yes, with an extra fee
Cost: $79+

hipcamp sahara house
Sahara House. Photo source: Hipcamp

This off-grid tiny home begs you to relax while you take advantage of the gorgeous desert sunsets, amazing stargazing, and this cozy home away from home.

Located on five acres near Joshua Tree National Park, this tiny house has a queen-size bed in the loft, a small living area with a flat-screen TV, an outdoor fire pit, and an indoor and outdoor shower. A full kitchen makes it easy for you to cook your favorite meals, and the outdoor deck is perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring the desert.

Glamping on a Mustang Sanctuary in Joshua Tree

*2024 Update: Not currently accepting bookings

A glamping tent near Joshua Tree National Park. Photo: VRBO
A cozy Joshua Tree getaway for your next adventure. Photo source: Hipcamp

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 Dome

Sleeps: 4
Dogs: No
Cost: $170+

A glamping dome for rent in Joshua Tree. Photo credit: Airbnb
Stay in this dome in the desert. Photo credit: Airbnb

This modern-bohemian geodesic 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

Sleeps: 4
Dogs: Yes
Cost: $85+

A cabin for rent in Joshua Tree on Airbnb. Photo credit: Airbnb
This cabin is located high on a hill with great views of Joshua Tree. Photo credit: Airbnb

This rustic, but stylish mid-century camping cabin is located on five private acres, high on a hill with terrific views across the desert.

The 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 great for couples or a small family and 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 out 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

Roadhouse Ranch in Pioneer Valley

*2024 Update: Not currently accepting bookings

A vintage cowboy camper you can rent near Joshua Tree National Park. Photo: VRBO
Check out the night sky from this vintage camper. Photo credit: Hipcamp

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.

Desert Rose Collective Glamping Tents in Morongo Valley

Sleeps: 2
Dogs: No
Cost: $75+

hipcamp morongo valley
Photo source: Hipcamp

These rustic glamping tents in Morongo Valley provide visitors with fabulous views and basic amenities. Part of the Desert Rose Collective, each cabin tent includes a patio deck, an outdoor lounge chair, and a shared table and fire pit.

Inside each tent, you’ll find a comfy memory foam mattress with a heated mattress pad for chilly nights. All bedding is provided and Wi-Fi is available throughout the campground.

This affordable property also offers pet-friendly campsites, an outdoor bar, and an outdoor kitchen.

Wildflower Cabin in Whitewater, California

Sleeps: 2
Dogs: Yes
Cost: $275+

A log cabin for rent in Whitewater, California on Airbnb. Photo credit: VRBO
An open-concept A-frame in Whitewater Canyon. Photo credit: Wildflower Cabin

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

Boulders in Joshua Tree National Park
The iconic boulders in Joshua Tree National Park.

To make the most of your Joshua Tree glamping trip, it’s important to pack appropriately and do your research to minimize risk and maximize fun. Here are a few tips for making your trip memorable for all the right reasons.

  • 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, a hat with a wide brim, and 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 plain 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:

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A collage of photos featuring places you can go glamping in Joshua Tree National Park.
Tara Schatz sits with her two dogs, Gatsby and Flynn.

Tara is a freelance writer and travel blogger with a passion for outdoor adventures. She is the co-author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont and currently blogs at Back Road Ramblers and Vermont Explored, where she shares travel tips, adventure destinations, and vacation ideas for the wanderer in everyone.