Welcome to Joshua Tree, CA!
Thunderbird Lodge Retreat runs the only vacation rental properties surrounding the stunning Covington Flats entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. We offer 7 artistically decorated rental home properties; each nestled on beautiful acreage near hiking trails, all fully equipped for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Incredible 360-degree desert views for miles and dark skies for epic stargazing. Properties are located in the same area for easy access – great for family gatherings or other group events.
Why Stay with Us!
If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your next vacation, then the Homesteader Rental Cabins at Thunderbird Lodge Retreat are perfect for any person, any size family and every member of the family!
Located in Joshua Tree, California, Thunderbird Lodge Retreat is the only provider of vacation rental cabins in the area surrounding the Covington Flats entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park. Each of these rustic pet friendly cabins are charmingly decorated and sits on its own fenced in property, far enough away from everything that you feel like you’re hidden away from the world, but not so far that you feel like you’re marooned in the middle of nowhere!
Because every cabin has its own fenced in yard it is a perfect destination for taking the furry four legged members of your family along on your vacations, and special arrangements can be made if you want to bring a horse along for the trip! Fully equipped with modern facilities that include indoor and outdoor heating, each of our Joshua Tree rental cabins are designed to make your stay as relaxing and as tranquil as possible.
Both indoor and outdoor entertainment areas make relaxing together as a family an enjoyable experience, and suit the ambience of Joshua Tree to perfection. Each cabin is carefully positioned to take the best advantage of and highlight breath taking views, spectacular sunsets and sunrises, and the clearest nighttime skies you’ll ever see, making them every nature lovers dream come true!
Just a short distance from the hiking and walking trails of Joshua Tree National Park, these charming cabins reflect the natural splendor that can only be found in desert landscapes. It’s the perfect location for a dream wedding, a relaxed birthday party and also offers great scenery for both photographers and cinematographers to capture and preserve for a life time.
There is truly no place like the Thunderbird Lodge Retreat, so if you’re looking for cabin rentals in Joshua Tree California, then contact owner Lori Portillo today! She’ll help you choose the best cabin to suit your needs and help make sure that your vacation is so amazing, you’ll be booking a return visit as soon as you can!
“The Thunderbird Retreat Lodge Ranch House + Saloon was exactly what we were looking for – an escape to the desert and a visit to the park. It is fairly secluded down a dirt road, but Lori will guide you right there easily. The house is quaint with a lot of sleeping space. One of the big draws is the property with the saloon/ghost town out back. We spent a majority of the warm days and evening hanging out there, playing games and looking out over the desert/mountains… Overall, couldn’t recommend this place enough!” (March 2017)
“This place is the perfect Joshua Tree hideaway. Went with my girlfriend and two small dogs. The large yard around the Rock House allowed the dogs plenty of safe room to play and roam without worrying about them. The location couldn’t be better, walking distance to the park and trails and also close to town. The house itself had a lot of cool vintage artifacts and interesting oddities but was very comfortable. We wanted to get out of LA for a weekend and experience something different and this place was the perfect antidote.” May 2016
“Thank you SO much for the wonderful hospitality! We had the BEST time at the little Shell House! It was the perfect little getaway escape and thanks to the amenities provided, we had everything we needed and wanted. The Shell House is so cute and quirky and has so much whimsical charm. We absolutely fell in love with the magical land and are already planning our next trip out to Thunderbird Lodge Retreat! You’ll definitely be hearing from us again! Thanks again for everything!!!” -March 2017
“Lori and this property were amazing! She left the lights on for us after I messaged her telling her we would be late and the place was amazing. Very secluded, fun exploring right out the backyard, and plenty of room inside for our group. The place is very unique and comfortable. Highly recommend if you are looking for a place with no neighbors and some great star gazing.”
“Lori’s home was perfect for what we were looking for on our weekend getaway to Joshua Tree. The home was nestled on beautiful desert and was far enough away from the closest neighbors to make you feel totally secluded in the desert around you. The house itself had everything you needed inside and out. Lori was very kind and even stopped by to make sure everything was in order. I would definitely come back with my children and stay longer. It truly was a desert paradise.”
“My friends and I loved staying at Thunderbird Lodge Retreat! From the quirky details of the space to the peaceful location, we had a wonderful and relaxing time. Lori was helpful, accommodating, and available should we need anything. I would definitely recommend Thunderbird Lodge to anyone looking for an awesome home away from home that has loads of charm and character!”
“The Shell is, quite simply, out of this world. The cabin, the views, the setting, the porch, the night sky, the many little artefacts both inside and out, all combine to make this one of the most special places we have stayed. For anyone wanting to explore Joshua Tree, this couldn’t be better located – just a short drive from the entrance. And if you want to sit out under the night sky as if you were camping (but with all the benefits of a roof and a comfy bed), this truly is very, very special.
We hope to return again some day!”
“Lori made sure that the house was ready for our arrival and was fully stocked with all of the amenities. The house is quirky and random, in the best way possible. The view from the back patio is breathtakingly beautiful, and we brought our dogs who had the best time running around in the back chasing each other around all the trees and bushes. I would definitely recommend this place for a stay. The national park entrance is only a 10 minute drive, and pioneer town is about 20 minutes away, so everything is pretty close too.”
“Our older teens loved the quirky, artsy décor. For a family vacation, that won us points with our kids right out of the gate. We hiked directly from the cottage into the nearby hills. (More points.) Getting there felt like an adventure (in a good way) because of the dirt roads, even though it is close to town — and we found it easily in the dark by following Lori’s excellent directions. Plenty of room for our family of five. Beautiful desert location. Lori was very helpful and responsive to our questions.”
El Dorado is almost finished at Thunderbird Lodge Retreat!
Lori Portillo, owner of Thunderbird Lodge Retreat is shown here above her newly installed E
Thunderbird Lodge Retreat: Mountain House featured in travel website Stargazertrips.
Night Sky Photograph taken by guest Joshua Obers at the Shell House, Thunderbird Lodge Retreat, Joshua Tree, California.
Night Sky Photograph taken by guest Peter Oso Snell at the Rock House, Thunderbird Lodge Retreat, Joshua Tree, California.
Night Sky Photograph taken by guest Alison Nix at Thunderbird Lodge Retreat!
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The town of El Dorado is coming to Thunderbird Lodge Retreat!
Lori Portillo celebrates the building of the legendary town of El Dorado.
The Holidays Are Here!
Create the holiday YOU want to have at Thunderbird Lodge Retreat!
Winter is a beautiful time to enjoy Joshua Tree.
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A Great Place for Pets!
Thunderbird Lodge Retreat welcomes all pets for no additional fee! Each property has between 5 and 22.