Given its wide variety of eclectic lodging options, planning where to stay in Joshua Tree is half the fun. With so many hip hotels, trendy airbnbs, quirky cabins, and boulder-strewn campgrounds, one certainly isn’t pressed for choice. If anything, the challenge lies in narrowing down lodging options, rather than sourcing them – and fortunately, that’s where we come in.

In this guide, we’ve compiled 25 of our favorite places to stay in and near Joshua Tree, easily one of California’s most unique and rugged landscapes. The national park is the perfect addition to a broader California National Park Road Trip Itinerary or Southwest National Parks Road Trip.

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Sacred Sands

Rated 9.7 out of 10 on Booking.com

Situated just one mile from the West Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, this boho-chic oasis oozes desert luxury like no other. An architectural icon of the area, the property features just two intimate rooms that are each equipped with a California king bed, rain shower, outdoor soaking tub, meditation platform, and open-air mattress so you can fall asleep beneath the stars. Needless to say, if you’re planning a romantic break away this place ticks all of the boxes and then some.

Rooms average $406 per night.

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Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay throughout most of the year. Cancellation policy varies depending on the booking site. Property is not suitable for children. Pets are not allowed.

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The Castle House Estate

Rated 8.5 out of 10 on Booking.com

Luxury tent, container home, or guard tower? Take your pick, as Castle House Estate features all three forms of tiny living! Featured on HGTV, this property is minutes away from the national park entrance and offers guests outdoor showers, vegan toiletries, plush linens, and premier stargazing opportunities. Each unit seamlessly blends indoor-outdoor living and makes for the perfect escape from everyday life.

Rates start at $215 per night.

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Fine Print: Travel Sustainable Property. No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up until specified date. Family-friendly. Pet friendly on request, but charges may apply.

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Pioneertown Motel

Rated 9.2 out of 10 on Booking.com

While not located within Joshua Tree itself, this iconic motel is nestled within Pioneertown, a famous Old West movie set that was founded by Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and other Hollywood legends. Just a 15-minute drive from downtown Joshua Tree, it’s one of the top things to do in the region outside of the national park itself. Each motel room features a private bathroom, A/C, and free WiFi, and rumor has it that Gene Autry played poker until sunrise in Room #9.

Rooms average $245 per night.

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Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up until specified date. Family-friendly. Pet friendly, but additional charges may apply.

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Joshua Tree Inn

Rated 4.0 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

Set just 5 miles from Joshua Tree National Park, this historic hacienda-style inn was built in 1949 and retains its Spanish colonial charm. Comprised of just 11 rooms, the hotel features a large swimming pool, zen courtyard, community room, and gift shop. Each room has a private patio facing the pool and comes with A/C, heating, and free WiFi.

Rates start around $138 per night. Book Direct.

Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up until 7 days before check-in. Family-friendly. Certain rooms are pet-friendly at an additional fee.

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AutoCamp Joshua Tree

Rated 8.9 out of 10 on Booking.com

This new Joshua Tree Glamping property is located 9 minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and features a clubhouse, general store, seasonally heated pool, all-day dining, and an outdoor fire pit. Each trailer comes with luxury linens and a spa-inspired bathroom, mini-fridge, microwave, and private patio. Guests can even purchase BBQ kits, making it a fabulous option for families traveling with young children.

Airstreams average $224 per night.

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Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up until a specified date. Children of any age are welcome. Pet friendly, but additional charges may apply.

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Joshua Tree Ranch House

Rated 8.4 out of 10 on Booking.com

Situated within walking distance of the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, this rustic motel offers basic, yet comfortable accommodation with an outdoor pool and garden. Each room includes A/C and free WiFi, and certain units include a kitchenette and fridge. For those interested in hiking, Joshua Tree Ranch House is just 4 miles from Lower Covington Flat and 9 miles from the Maze Loop Trail.

Rooms start around $110 per night.

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Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay. Free cancellation up to 60 days before check-in. Family-friendly. Pet friendly on request, but additional charges may apply.

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Twentynine Palms

Rated 9.1 out of 10 on Booking.com

Highly rated by visitors, Fairfield Inn & Suites is just 4 miles from Joshua Tree and offers nearly any amenity one could think of. Featuring a 24-hour market, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, a gym, a whirlpool, and a free continental breakfast, it’s the perfect option for those looking for guaranteed value. Given that each room includes a sofa bed, it’s also a great option for families with children.

Rooms average $175 per night.

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Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Cancellation policy varies depending on the type of booking. Family-friendly. Pets are not allowed.

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Motel 6 Twentynine Palms

Rated 7.7 out of 10 on Booking.com

One of the most affordable accommodation options near Joshua Tree, Motel 6 has all the basic amenities needed for a good night’s sleep. 5 miles from the park entrance, this motel is also pet friendly and includes free WiFi.

Rooms average $77 per night.

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Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up until the day of check-in. Children of any age are welcome. Pet friendly at no additional cost.

Joshua Tree Cabins and Airbnbs

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In a Trance

One of the prettiest airbnbs in Joshua Tree, this cute 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom cabin sleeps 2 and is perfect for couples or solo travelers. Set on 5 acres of land with magnificent views of Mount Nebu, the home features a small kitchen, shaded terrace, outdoor fire pit, and A/C. It’s worth noting that the rental doesn’t come with WiFi, but cell service tends to be pretty good.

Rates start at $217 per night for the home. Check availability and book on PlumGuide.

Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay. Rate inclusive of cleaning and service fees. Free cancellation up to 5 days before check-in. Pet-friendly.

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The Habibi House

Rated 4.7 out of 5 on Vrbo

This minimalist Moroccan-style 3-bedroom home sleeps 6 to 7 and is located just 2 miles from the park entrance. Spend a night by the fire catching up with friends or enjoy a family-style dinner at the large picnic table in the backyard. The house comes with WiFi, A/C, a bar, and a garden and is just 10 miles away from the start of the Maze Loop Trail.

Rates average $472 per night. Check availability on Vrbo.

Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay. Free cancellation up to 60 days before check-in. Property is not suitable for children. Pets are not allowed.

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Twilight Terrace

Just a 10-minute drive from the park entrance, Twilight Terrace is easily one of the best value house rentals in the area. Sleeping up to 5, the property has two bedrooms and one bathroom, and features king-size beds, dual shower heads, an indoor fireplace, two patios, and an outdoor fire pit. Optional add-on services include babysitting, massage, and arranging a private chef!

Rates start at $189 per night for the home. Check availability and book on PlumGuide.

Fine Print: 3-night minimum stay. Rate inclusive of cleaning and service fees. 50% refund for cancellations up to 7 days before check-in. Family-friendly. Pets are not allowed.

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The Joshua Tree House

Rated 4.87 out of 5 on Airbnb

One of the most iconic houses in all of Joshua Tree, you may have seen this property pop up in your Instagram feed before. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 1949 hacienda comfortably sleeps 4 and is located 10 minutes from the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. Known for its immaculately hip design and decor, the home also offers guests a hot tub surrounded by over 100 Joshua trees, a porch perfect for watching the morning sunrise, and a vintage record player to set the mood.

Rates average $375 per night for the home. Check availability now.

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Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay. Free cancellation within 48 hours of booking. Pets are not allowed.

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Eclectic Joshua Tree House

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 on Vrbo

This modern 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom rental comfortably sleeps 6 and is one of the top-rated home rentals in the area. It’s excellently located just 1.7 miles from the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and comes with A/C, WiFi, and washing facilities. The backyard serves as an added bonus complete with a bocce ball court and a picnic table that’s perfect for evening stargazing.

Rates average $292 per night for the home.

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Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay. Free cancellation up to 30 days before check-in. Family-friendly. Pets are not allowed.

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Bungalow in the Boulders

Rated 5 out of 5 on Vrbo

Bungalow in the Boulders is located just 3 miles from the park entrance and comfortably sleeps 4. One of the only pet-friendly rental homes included in this list, this quirky and rustic property also features a fully equipped kitchen, patio with a desert view, A/C, and complimentary WiFi. It’s located just a 12-minute walk from Lower Covington Flat hiking trail.

Rates average $168 per night for the cabin. Check availability on Vrbo.

Fine Print: At present, the owner prefers a 30-day minimum stay. Free cancellation up to 30 days before check-in. Children of all ages are welcome. Pet friendly at an additional fee.

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Quail’s End

Owned and curated by celebrated designer Julia Chasman, Quail’s End is located minutes from Joshua Tree National Park. Sleeping up to 6, the home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and boasts a striking wood-burning fireplace, outdoor deck, and hot tub. Both bathrooms come with free-standing bathtubs and walk-in showers.

Rates start at $498 per night. Check availability and book on PlumGuide.

Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay. Rate inclusive of cleaning and service fees. 50% refund for cancellations up to 7 days before check-in. Children welcome. Pets are not allowed.

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Flower Girls

Set on 2.5 acres of sprawling desert near Pioneertown, Flower Girls seamlessly combines mid-century modern and boho-chic design. Sleeping up to 4, the cabin has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and comes equipped with an indoor fireplace, outdoor sun loungers, laundry facilities, A/C, and free WiFi. Optional add-on perks include daily cleaning and fridge fills.

Rates start at $211 per night. Check availability and book on PlumGuide.

Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay. Rate inclusive of cleaning and service fees. Free cancellation up to 5 days before check-in. Not suitable for children under 12. Pets are not allowed.

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Joshua Tree Acres

Average 5 out of 5 Rating on Airbnb

Home to 5 beautifully renovated airstream trailers, this Insta-famous property is situated just outside the Joshua Tree National Park boundary. Featuring a communal space in The Clubhouse complete with restrooms, an outdoor shower, kitchen, hot tub, hammocks, fire pit, and more, each unit sleeps 2 and comes well equipped with A/C, linen, towels, and a hairdryer. Filtered water is also available at The Clubhouse and there is limited WiFi connectivity.

Rates start around $215 per night. Check availability now.

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Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay. Free cancellation within 48 hours of booking. Certain units are unsuitable for children and/or infants. Pets are not allowed.

Joshua Tree National Park Campgrounds

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There are 9 main campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park, though some are closed during the hot summer season. Many of the campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis throughout much of the year. However, some accept advance reservations during peak season with reservations opening at least 6 months in advance. October through May is the most popular time to visit, and it’s important to arrive early if you’re hoping to snag a first-come, first-served spot. In the event that you arrive and all sites are occupied, you can try camping outside the park or on BLM land. Just be sure to arrive prepared and always apply Leave No Trace principles.

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Belle Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Rated #7 of 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor

This small 18 site campground is recommended for tent camping, but some spots will accommodate RVs. Complete with picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets, Belle Campground is perfect for those looking for a more remote and rugged camping experience that provides wonderful stargazing opportunities. Note that this campground does not provide potable water, so remember to bring more than enough of your own.

Reservations: First-Come, First-Served; Closed June through August for summer.

Rates: $15 per site per night. Learn more here.

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Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree

Black Rock Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Rated #3 of 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor

Home to 99 campsites, Black Rock Campground is family-friendly and ideal for both seasoned campers and first-timers. One of two campgrounds in Joshua Tree offering potable drinking water, the spots here tend to fill up quickly, particularly during high season. Black Rock is also convenient for RVs in that it has a dump station. However, it’s important to note that the campground is currently only accessible to 4WD vehicles.

Reservations: Required from the end of August through early June. Certain sites close between June and August for summer. All other sites are first-come, first-served during this time.

Rates: $25 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Download: Black Rock Campground Map

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Cottonwood Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups) 

Rated #4 of 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor

Situated at over 3,000 feet in elevation, Cottonwood is perfect for stargazers and is located right next to the Cottonwood Visitor Center. Ideal for both beginner and experienced campers, this campground is also one of the two campgrounds in the National Park with potable drinking water. It additionally has a dump facility for RVs.

Reservations: Required from September through May. Between June and August, Loop B is usually closed and Loop A sites are first-come, first-served.

Rates: $25 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Download: Cottonwood Campground Map

Hidden Valley Campground in Joshua Tree

Hidden Valley Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Rated #5 of 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor

Located right off Park Blvd, Hidden Valley offers just 9 campsites, making it one of the more prized campgrounds in the park. It’s also very well located in close proximity to popular trails and climbing sites, but if you camp here it’s important to be prepared as potable water is not available. Furthermore, RVs over 25 feet cannot be accommodated.

Reservations: All sites are first-come, first-served year-round

Rates: $15 per site per night. Learn more here.

Download: Hidden Valley Campground Map

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Indian Cove (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Rated #2 of 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor

One of the best campgrounds in all of Joshua Tree, there’s plenty of room here with 91 single campsites and 13 group campsites. A favorite amongst local climbers, Indian Cove offers plenty of climbing opportunities and is a hotbed for wildflowers in Spring. Potable water isn’t available at the campground but can be found just 2 miles away at the ranger station.

Reservations: Reservations are required from the end of August through early June. Certain sites are closed June 10 through August 29, while other sites are first-come, first-served during this time.

Rates: $25-$50 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Download: Indian Cove Campground Map

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Jumbo Rocks Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Rated #1 of 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor

Rated as the best Joshua Tree campground on TripAdvisor, Jumbo Rocks often hits capacity during the cooler months of the year. It’s very family-friendly and offers the most campsites in the area at 124. However, potable water is not offered, so be prepared with plenty of your own.

Reservations: Required from the end of August through early June. Reservations are optional during the peak summer season.

Rates: $20 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Download: Jumbo Rocks Campground Map

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Ryan Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Rated #8 of 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor

Located smack dab in the middle of the park, Ryan Campground offers 31 campsites with easy access to Mt. Ryan and Cap Rock. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table, and the campground offers pit toilets. However, like many other campgrounds in the area, potable water is not available.

Reservations: Ryan Campground is reservation only year-round.

Rates: $20 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Download: Ryan Campground Map

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White Tank Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Rated #6 of 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor

A smaller campground with just 15 campsites, White Tank Campground is home to plenty of scrambling and bouldering, as well as some of the best stargazing opportunities. Each site offers a fire pit and picnic table, but potable water is not available.

Reservations: First-come, first-served between September and May. White Tank Campground is closed between June and August for the summer.

Rates: $15 per site per night. Learn more here.

Download: White Tank Campground Map

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Sheep Pass Group Campground (Tent Only)

Rated #9 of 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor

Sheep Pass Campground is home to just 6 group campsites that each accommodate between 10 and 60 people. It’s well located near plenty of hiking trails and rock climbing routes, and each site comes equipped with a fire pit, BBQ, and picnic table. Vault toilets are also available, though potable drinking water is not.

Reservations: Reservations are required for all sites year-round.

Rates: $40-50 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Download: Sheep Pass Campground Map

Palm Spring to Joshua Tree

Palm Spring to Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is located just an hour’s drive from Palm Springs and many visitors opt to stay in Palm Springs and visit the National Park as part of a day trip rather than overnighting in the park itself. Visiting independently or via a guided tour, it’s still possible to see many of the park’s highlights, though you’ll obviously miss out on some of the longer trails, as well as the clear night skies.

How to Get From Palm Springs to Joshua Tree

When driving from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree, we recommend entering the park via the West Entrance near Joshua Tree Visitor Center. To get here from Palm Springs, follow the CA-62 East all the way to Yucca Valley, keeping right on Yucca Trail Rd and then right again on Quail Springs Rd until reaching Park Blvd. At the end of the day, exit via the South Entrance near Cottonwood Visitor Center and follow the I-10 West back to Palm Springs. This way, you’ll be able to experience both the northern Mojave Desert and the southern Colorado Desert in one trip.

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Joshua Tree Lodging FAQs

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When is the Best Time to Visit Joshua Tree?

The best time to visit Joshua Tree tends to be Spring and Fall. Summers are hot (with daytime temps averaging 91°F) and winters are chilly, though the park is popular year-round. If you’re visiting in summer, start early to beat the heat and then spend afternoons by the pool or lounging indoors with the A/C on. For winter trips, pack warm clothes and layers. Winter is a stunning time to visit the park for those wanting clear night skies for stargazing.

What is the Best Area to Stay Near Joshua Tree?

The most popular area to stay near Joshua Tree National Park is the town of Joshua Tree itself. This is where you’ll find the most lodging and airbnb options, and the town has a number of restaurants, grocery stores, local boutiques, and spas. That being said, there are also ample accommodation options in nearby Twentynine Palms, and many choose to visit Joshua Tree as a day trip from Palm Springs, which is just an hour’s drive away.

Are Airbnbs Allowed in Joshua Tree?

Yes. As per the current ordinance, short-term rentals are allowed for 30 days or less at a time. Owners are, however, required to obtain an operating permit.

Does Joshua Tree Allow Dogs?

Joshua Tree National Park allows (leashed) dogs, but they are very limited in where they can go in the park. Dogs are not permitted on any hiking trails and must stay within 100 feet of roads (both paved and unpaved), picnic areas, and campgrounds.

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