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"Space" Mountain House

1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom

Summer Rate: $135

Daily Rate/Summer Holiday Rate: $169

Holiday/Special Event: $211

Weekly Rate: $1014 (7th night free!). Check with owner for the summer weekly rate.

Note: Weekly rate does not apply during holiday weeks. Booking system will not apply weekly discount, email/call the owner for instructions. See contact info at the bottom of the page.

Minimum 2-night stay | Accommodates 4

Looking for a unique Joshua Tree National Park cabin under the starry skies?  This cozy 1-bedroom/1-bath cabin with a space theme is situated at the end of the road on 15 acres with some of the most stunning mountain views in the region. No other properties are further up the road beyond our very private "Space" Mountain House. Creative touches are inside and out including eclectic vintage furnishings and more than a few aliens, robots, and UFOs. (Oh My!)

Otherworldly Joshua Tree has a long history with UFOs back to at least 1947 when a Landers man connected with space beings from Venus. Since then, the area has hosted UFO conventions and glowing orbs have been seen floating in the landscape. Consequentially, oddities have also materialized at our quirky, creative "Space" Mountain House.  The back deck is an out-of-this-world spot to take in sunrises, sunsets, and the stunning night skies with a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or more exotic elixir.

Perfect for couples, small families, sci-fi fans, and appreciators of absurdity. Easy access to Joshua Tree National Park and nearby trails near the "secret" Covington Flats entrance to the park. Plenty of parking. Book your stay today and enjoy our one of a kind Joshua Tree National Park cabins.


  • 900 square foot home.
  • 1 bedroom with queen-sized bed.
  • Full-sized bed in the large living room.
  • Bathroom with custom tile work.
  • Full-sized kitchen equipped with cookware and custom tile work.
  • Outdoor bar, bi-level deck, grill, and a number of seating areas.
  • Wood burning stove and evaporative cooler allow for a comfortable temperature year round.
  • Free Wifi.
  • All linens & towels provided.
  • Pet-friendly, fenced yard.

“Space” Mountain House

"Loved Lori’s place! When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised with a series of new decorations and art that were not depicted on the AirBnb page yet! It was so much fun and it added a lot to our experience! The outdoor spaces were great and Lori left wood for us which was a nice touch since the fire heater kept the house warm for us. Dog friendly place with a Sci-fi theme and character, we will come back!"

— Danai - Spring 2021

"I had a wonderful stay with two friends and a dog at Lori's place. The views are unparalleled from the property and so many stars to see at night! You feel so far removed from everything even though you're just a 10 minute drive back to Yucca Valley or Joshua Tree. The silence and utter privacy were exactly what we needed on our escape from LA for a few days. The beds were comfy, the woodstove heated up the cabin on the cold February nights, and we loved walking around the untouched desert flora surrounding the cabin for acres. Highly recommend Lori's place!"

— Sarah -Winter 2021

Staying At Thunderbird Lodge Retreat: The Fine Print

  • Please note that rates are subject to change, and do not include taxes & fees. Special rates, are not valid during holiday weeks. Rates are typically higher the weekend immediately before, of, or immediately after a national holiday. 
  • A minimum stay of two (2) nights is required, three (3) night minimum during holiday weeks.
  • Our rates accommodate up to four (4) guests. If your party is larger than four (4), additional guests can sleep on air mattresses or camp on our grounds for $15 per person / per night.
  • Family/Child Policy: Children under 18 years of age stay free with an accompanying adult.
  • Check-in: 3:00PM
  • Check-out: 12:00PM (noon)
  • Deposit: we require the full amount of the reservation (100% of the total) at the time of booking. All state and local taxes will apply.
  • We charge a one-time $50 cleaning charge per stay per house.
  • All of our cabins are non-smoking. Guests may smoke outside only. Guests who smoke in their cabin will be charged a $250 cleaning fee.
  • A gentle reminder that should a change or cancellation become necessary, please let us know by 3:00PM (PST), 14 days prior to your arrival date to receive a full refund of your deposit. If the reservation is cancelled less than two weeks (14 days) prior to arrival, you will forfeit 50% of the deposit unless we are able to re-rent your cabin. Equally, if your departure date is changed and is earlier than confirmed, we require similar notice. 
  • We want you to enjoy your time at the Thunderbird Lodge Retreat; however, parties in our cabins are not permitted at any time without our approval. Parties or other special events at our vacation rentals must be pre-approved by owner Lori Portillo.  Additional charges may apply depending on size and nature of your gathering. Unauthorized events will be subject to additional charges. The minimum fee is $300 for an unauthorized event that we find out about after the fact. Please note, owner Lori Portillo and several Thunderbird Lodge Retreat employees live in the neighborhood.  Guests hosting unauthorized events may be asked to leave the premises immediately. There will be no refund of rent or other taxes and fees for unauthorized events.
  • Damages: We hold a $200 refundable deposit for damages.
  • Parking: There is plenty of free parking on each property.
  • Pets are welcome at Thunderbird Lodge Retreat at no extra charge.

For Reservations & Inquiries, Please Contact Lori Portillo, Owner:

Email: lori@thunderbirdlodgeretreat.com
Phone: 760-408-0768
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Lori Portillo (Owner)