We own and operate three restored homestead cabins in the Surprise Valley area of north Joshua Tree, about 15 mins from Joshua Tree National Park. All are available for short or long stays. We are Airbnb “super hosts” with over 600 positive reviews, on Airbnb since 2010. We welcome you!
Sonora cabin, which has been featured in the New York Times ‘T’ travel magazine and the book ‘Jackrabbit Homestead,’ was constructed in 1955 and still has its original green paint. Book on Airbnb
Sunever cabin is a pre-fab homestead cabin, one of many built in the 1950’s in the area (now all disappeared save for this one…). Book on Airbnb
Saturn homestead camp cabin is actually three structures: a restored homestead cabin bunkhouse, a deluxe outhouse with hot-water shower, and an outdoor kitchen/dining structure. Book on Airbnb
We are Stephanie Smith and Jay Babcock. Over 10 years ago we came to the hi-desert, landing in slightly settled, mostly unfenced quiet wilderness, with deep unsmogged horizons, enveloped nightly by a fantastically starred sky. It’s a long way from the urban apartments we spent our adult lives in… Read our story
To our surprise and delight we now own a derelict 20-acre fruit orchard near our homestead cabins. The property was purchased by a previous owner in 2003, scraped, irrigated, planted with 1000 fruit trees (now all dead save for 32), and then abandoned about 2 years later. We bought it at last summer’s tax sale. Follow along as we rebuild, at SuneverFarms.com or on Instagram.
Jay wrote a piece for the 2nd issue of Ken Layne’s pocket-size print quarterly, DESERT ORACLE. Every single one of you can subscribe and get a full year’s worth of Oracularism for $15 — neat!
The DESERT ORACLE is a field guide to the fascinating American deserts: weird tales, ghost towns, wonderfully bizarre animals and plants, mysteries and folklore, national and state parks, slickrock arches, legends of lost mines and ships on the sand dunes, beloved authors and artists, and plenty of oddball desert characters from the past and the present.Printed in striking black-and-white with a brilliant cardstock cover, the DESERT ORACLE is your companion at a roadside diner, around a campfire, or in your tent or cabin as the wind and the coyotes howl outside at night. It’s for national-park adventurers and adventurous locals, film buffs and ghost hunters, lovers of both natural history and human history—the ORACLE is a pocket reader for all kinds of wanderers on saguaro highways and sagebrush trails.