Joshua Tree Folly: Off Grid SoCal Desert Retreat

Photos courtesy of Malek Alqadi,


With the arrival of fall comes milder daytime temperatures and cool evenings—it’s the perfect time to escape to the desert (in the Northern Hemisphere). And if you happen to be near Southern California, Joshua Tree’s stark, rocky landscape offers shimmering starry skies and plenty of peace and quiet.

The Joshua Tree Folly is a two-bedroom, off-grid retreat in the SoCal desert that is both playful and modern in its design. The oxidized metal exterior cladding harmonizes with the colors of the surrounding desert landscape, and the outdoor fire pit and deck offer multiple places to sit back and take in the scenery. Between the two structures, there is enough space to accommodate up to six guests: two in the loft, two on the pull-out sofa, and two in the stargazing suite (a private open-air rooftop bedroom).

The Joshua Tree Folly is listed on Air Bnb and you can book your stay here.

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Matthew Swartz is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Denver, Colorado where he passionately pursues rock climbing, trail running, and skiing. Matt’s love of travel has inspired him to through-hike the JMT and part of the PCT, bike across the United States, and explore the West coast of South America from Ecuador to Patagonia. Matt and his partner Amanda have also travelled across much of the Western US in their 1964 Clark Cortez RV, which they lived in, on the road for the better part of three years. Matt has worked for the USFS as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and Matt's photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.