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Pioneertown Motel

  • Where:
  • Why:To see what all the fuss is about.
  • When:4th of July weekend 2018.
  • Who:My own private ranger.
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Pioneertown Motel Driving up to the motel, being met by a filmatic Western sign of the Pioneertown Motel. Love.

Driving up to the motel, being met by a filmatic Western sign of the Pioneertown Motel. Love.

Pioneertown Motel This is the reception. I mean, am I in ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’?

This is the reception. I mean, am I in ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’?

Pioneertown Motel Love the Western accents of the room, give me some cowhide and I’m a happy desert camper.

Love the Western accents of the room, give me some cowhide and I’m a happy desert camper.

Pioneertown Motel Stoked to be in the wild wild west...especially when the showers are cold.

Stoked to be in the wild wild west...especially when the showers are cold.

Pioneertown Motel The motel has a classic layout, drive up all the way to your room, or if you have a horse to rock up on, tie the guy up old school way.

The motel has a classic layout, drive up all the way to your room, or if you have a horse to rock up on, tie the guy up old school way.

Pioneertown Motel The common space is open 24/7 and has teas, coffees and water. Water. You’ll need that by the buckets.

The common space is open 24/7 and has teas, coffees and water. Water. You’ll need that by the buckets.

Pioneertown Motel Local road sign at Pioneertown.

Local road sign at Pioneertown.

Pioneertown Motel Cradle in one of these babies to watch the stars at night. Do not use during the day past sunrise or you’ll turn into a roasted suckling pig in a hammock.

Cradle in one of these babies to watch the stars at night. Do not use during the day past sunrise or you’ll turn into a roasted suckling pig in a hammock.

Pioneertown Motel Running from the blazing heat after checking out. It’s MadMax up in here.

Running from the blazing heat after checking out. It’s MadMax up in here.

Pioneertown Motel Just a 30 min drive away is the main attraction, the Joshua Tree National Park.

Just a 30 min drive away is the main attraction, the Joshua Tree National Park.

Pioneertown Motel Go at sunrise and have the whole place to yourself.

Go at sunrise and have the whole place to yourself.

Pioneertown Motel You’ll find a lot of fun stuff to see around the property, old western houses, taver, trucks and lot’s of cute desert hares.

You’ll find a lot of fun stuff to see around the property, old western houses, taver, trucks and lot’s of cute desert hares.

Highs & Lows

  • Staying at the Pioneertown Motel is like staying in an old western movie. Dude, where’s my horse?

  • The desert is magical, one of the only places I’ve been that is completely silent. Sunrises and sunsets are jaw dropping. And at night, a dome of stars will keep you entertained.

  • We went in July, when it’s freaking roasting HAWT between 10am and 5pm. So if you’re clever, plan to be out and about from before sunrise until it gets to the searing point, then go hug the AC and nap until it cools down at around 6pm. Plan lots of inside time.

The Barometer

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  • Plastic Free

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  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Motel

  • Vibe

    19th century wester, yeehaw.

  • Location

    2.5 hour drive from LA, in the high desert of Yucca Valley, next to Joshua Tree.

  • Rooms

    17

  • Music

    Enjoy the silence.

  • Year Opened

    Originally in 1946 then reopened in 2015.

  • Designed By

    Established in 1946, by Roy Rogers and restored by Mike and Matthew French, alongside Casey Keasler for interior design in 2015.

  • Health & Wellness

    Nah, trek in the desert.

  • Restaurant

    Nah, but Puppy & Harriets is 100m away.

  • Bar

    Ditto.

  • Minibar

    Water, essnetial.

  • Children

    Sure, why not.

  • Price

    Starts at $180.

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