The 10 best desert Airbnbs near L.A. for a sunny getaway

Cool off in the pool or go for a hike from these desert Airbnbs within a couple of hours from L.A.

Written by Michael JulianoContributors Ella Doyle, Alex Floyd-Douglass & Camila KaralyteTuesday July 25 2023FacebookTwitterPinterestEmailWhatsAppAdvertising

Whether you’ve never done it once or thousands of times, wading into the desert never gets old. From fantastic mountain views and starlit skies to stretches of perfect sand, it’s the perfect place to leave behind all your day-to-day woes. And if you’re headed to the desert, relax and unwind in one of the fantastic Airbnbs on offer.

So whether it’s poolside living you’re after or simply the great outdoors, take a look at one of the Airbnbs on our list. These are all a few hours out of Los Angeles, and we focus on the crescent between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. You won’t be disappointed.

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we’ve based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines

Desert Airbnbs near L.A.

A geodesic dome in Palm Springs

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1. A geodesic dome in Palm Springs

2hr from Los Angeles

Feel like a Bond villain or a jet setting hermit in this glassy geodesic dome just outside of Palm Springs. You’ll find the three-bedroom home at the end of a dirt road, with wind turbines, mountains and mostly open desert as a backdrop from the main 26-foot-tall living area.

  • Rooms? Four. Sleeps nine guests.
  • Mood? Futuristic design.
  • Budget range? Soooo worth it.

A sleek hideaway in Yucca Valley

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2. A sleek hideaway in Yucca Valley

3hr from Los Angeles

This super-slick one-bedroom rental is an ideal launching pad for High Desert adventurers. Not only is it 15 minutes from the Joshua Tree National Park gates, but it’s got everything you need for a luxe desert escape; we’re talking a hot tub, BBQ, local, organic shower products and all-new appliances. To top it all off, it’s fully solar-powered for net-zero emissions.

  • Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
  • Mood? Rural romance.
  • Budget range? Spenny.

The iconic airstream in Malibu

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3. The iconic airstream in Malibu

1hr from Los Angeles

Okay, Malibu may not typically be your go-to desert spot… However, this epic Airbnb sits on the Santa Monica Backbone Trail which has an abundance of mountainous desert-like vibes. As for the accommodation, it’s a 2022 Airstream bus designed in an awesome collab with Pottery Barn to create the “Malibu Lovestream”. The interiors feel like a real modern home from home, featuring Belgian Flax bedding, black faucets, a flat apron sink, and a custom-made sofa for lounging on. Outside, there’s a hot tub and furniture for dining – and soaking – alfresco.

  • Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
  • Mood? Glamping vibes.
  • Budget range? On the pricier side.

A glass-walled apartment in Palm Springs

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4. A glass-walled apartment in Palm Springs

2hr from Los Angeles

This place isn’t only in a prime location, but it has plenty of character too. Surrounded by glass walls, the pad has plenty of light, surrounded by tropical plants and huge trees. There’s a pool and hot tub to use (though you share it with the others in the gated community), as well as a private patio. You’re close enough here to head to downtown Palm Springs whenever you like, but far enough out to avoid the traffic.

  • Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests.
  • Mood? Modern tranquility.
  • Budget range? Affordable but with a seven-night minimum.

A sprawling dome retreat in Yucca Valley

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5. A sprawling dome retreat in Yucca Valley

2hr 30min from Los Angeles

You’ll see nothing but mountains and sandy hillsides in every direction from this desert dome, even though you’re only minutes from the highway. It’s as well-appointed as it is seemingly isolated: A bright, beautiful midcentury-inspired interior with wood accents overflows into a patio with an outdoor fireplace that overlooks the 112-acre property.

  • Rooms? Two. Sleeps six guests.
  • Mood? Modern desert escape.
  • Budget range? Mid-range with a great offering.

A hilltop villa in Morongo Valley

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6. A hilltop villa in Morongo Valley

2hr from Los Angeles

A rock spa, a pool with a waterfall, a fire pit and mountain views—the perfect combo for a hilltop oasis. You’ll find the two-bedroom home between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, so consider this for a low-key, by-the-pool stay.

  • Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests.
  • Mood? Haven in the hills.
  • Budget range? Worth every dollar.

A peaceful dome in Joshua Tree

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7. A peaceful dome in Joshua Tree

3hr from Los Angeles

If you’re looking to get the full experience, check out this private dome tent, tucked away in Wonder Valley in Twentynine Palms, right near Joshua Tree. Okay yes, it’s a tent, but the interiors are a cosy oasis in the heart of a fantastic desert, with unobstructed views of the mountains – and at night, the stars.

  • Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
  • Mood? Alfresco dining under the stars.
  • Budget range? An absolute steal.

A colorful pool escape in Palm Springs

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8. A colorful pool escape in Palm Springs

2hr from Los Angeles

We love a place that isn’t afraid of some color, and this Palm Springs spot goes all in on its blue, orange and yellow scheme. It’s by the airport, so it’s a little more removed from the local restaurant and shopping scene—but that helps keep the price down compared to most other pool houses in the city.

  • Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
  • Mood? Multi-colored oasis.
  • Budget range? So damn cheap.

A pad for four in Joshua Tree

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9. A pad for four in Joshua Tree

3hr from Los Angeles

Wanting a place for you and your buddies? This huge apartment is perfect for a group break. Think gorgeous wooden interiors, hanging egg chairs in the garden, an outdoor breakfast bar, table tennis and darts. Oh, and a swimming pool. This spot is right in the middle of Joshua Tree and Pioneer Town, with views of both and the surrounding mountains. In the evenings, crack open a beer on the patio and wait for the stars to come out – and you might even spot a stray roadrunner or two.

  • Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests.
  • Mood? A little taste of Spain.
  • Budget range? A great weekend getaway for four.

A midcentury home near the heart of Palm Springs

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10. A midcentury home near the heart of Palm Springs

2hr from Los Angeles

Postcard-perfect midcentury houses are a dime a dozen in Palm Springs. But they’re also eye-poppingly pricey, often upwards of $600 for anything near downtown. We think this spot—with a pool, hot tub, and midcentury bones with some more contemporary touches—seems to offer the best balance of jet-setting flair and affordability.

  • Rooms? Three. Sleeps six guests.
  • Mood? Peachy livin’ in Palm Springs.
  • Budget range? Spenny but worth it.

Looking for more scenic escapes?

9 secluded Airbnbs within a couple hours of Los Angeles

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9 secluded Airbnbs within a couple hours of Los Angeles

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So you want to get away—really get away—from L.A. We’re talking a “hop in the car, pick up some groceries and never have to interact with other people” kind of getaway. These secluded Airbnbs should do the trick.

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