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Property Details

Updated: Apr 17, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Rancho Loco is perfect for your desert hideaway home away from home. Come rain or shine, Rancho Loco has something beautiful to offer. When it's sunny, drinks by the pool, quiet time on the veranda with a book, watching the sun rise or set and enjoying some good barbecue with friends and family. When it's stormy – get cozy on the couch with a fire crackling away, a home cooked meal with a glass of wine while you watch the clouds roll in over the dramatic landscape, framed by the huge picture windows. Rancho Loco also affords extra privacy with separate living quarters, the cozy & bright main house and the open & airy studio.

Located on its own secluded 20 acres, minutes from Joshua Tree National Park, Rancho Loco offers 360º views with over 50 Joshua trees, yuccas and native desert foliage all on the property. Situated between the two houses is a salt water swimming pool with an observation deck, perfect for sunset viewing, outdoor dining, and maybe even a skinny dip under the stars. Rancho Loco is a rustic modern take of a 1920s ranch house updated to today's standards including solar power as its primary source of energy and water drawn from a private on-site well!

Rancho Loco is a great affordable base no matter what your interests are – rock-climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, model rocket launching [our fave], novel writing or just relaxing by the pool. So please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to get away and visit this magical California vacation home location.

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  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

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About the Owner

We, Karen and Marcus, have lived in Los Angeles since 1990 and take great joy and pride in making things better.

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38 Reviews

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Secluded 20 Acre Retreat with Guest House and Pool
-(323) 547-6109
Joshua Tree California Desert

adorable retreat

  • 5 of 5
I stayed here for my recent birhtday, and it was such a great place to visit with a fun group of friends/family. It was relaxing and it helped make my first trip to Joshua Tree so memorable. Also, the National park is just a short drive away!
  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway
Secluded 20 Acre Retreat with Guest House and Pool
-(323) 547-6109
Joshua Tree California Desert
United States

home sweet loco

  • 5 of 5
this is our third stay at rancho loco & it just gets better every time. we always feel like we are coming home to the really awesome desert home we all wish we had. :) the property is beautiful, wonderfully relaxing & has all the modern amenities u could ask for. marcus is a great host: communicates well & has always been responsive & very understanding w/ various requests. the house sleeps 8 adults comfortably, is doggie friendly, and has a fully equipped kitchen for even cooking up a proper feast. the house stays cool in the summer & warm when it's cold outside. pool time, desert strolls & night time star gazing by the fire are among our many favorite pastimes at rancho loco. we could not recommend this property enuff. we can't wait for our next visit! thank you for keeping such a wonderful place, marcus!
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Secluded 20 Acre Retreat with Guest House and Pool
-(323) 547-6109
Joshua Tree California Desert

Desert Vacation

  • 5 of 5
Great place to visit with a group of friends, the house is great and the National Park is just a short drive away.
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly
Secluded 20 Acre Retreat with Guest House and Pool
-(323) 547-6109
Joshua Tree California Desert
Atlanta, GA

Private Desert Retreat

  • 5 of 5
This well maintained private desert retreat made an excellent getaway for our family summer vacation. Many thanks to Marcus for providing excellent service when we needed it. We would not hesitate to stay here forever.
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Secluded 20 Acre Retreat with Guest House and Pool
-(323) 547-6109
Joshua Tree California Desert
Los Angeles

Fantastic house!

  • 5 of 5
This house is one of the best rentals we've ever stayed in. It's very private and quiet, and the house itself it beautiful. Nice style and great attention to detail. The perfect place to relax and enjoy the great views. Highly recommended!!
  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Secluded 20 Acre Retreat with Guest House and Pool
-(323) 547-6109
Joshua Tree California Desert
Los Angeles

Thanksgiving at Rancho Loco.

  • 5 of 5
Excellent the whole way around. Myself and 6 other people spent a 4 day weekend at Rancho Loco for Thanksgiving and were absolutely delighted with the place. Quiet, secluded, and well stocked, R.L. is a perfect getaway for those who are fans of desert locations. Great star watching at night and an array of different places in and around the house for relaxing during the day made this the perfect Thanksgiving holiday spot. We'll definitely be renting again in the future! Thanks of an awesome time.
  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children


From the Owner

We purchased this property after many years of traveling to Joshua Tree as a get-away. It became our home away from home with the space, privacy and solitude that was hard to come by in Los Angeles. The idea of a two hour car drive putting you in a different world creates an invaluable peace of mind.

Activity and Interests

Year round Joshua Tree activities and festivals, Big Bear is an hour away for skiing and lake activities, Palm Springs and Palm Desert communities, airport, shopping, and aerial tram within one hour drive, Las Vegas is just under 4 hours away for gambling and whatever else floats your boat, Los Angeles is just over a two hour drive.


From $300 Per night

Rental rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • cleaning $150 + Tax
  • Per person over 4 guests $10 + Tax
  • Pet Fee $10 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 7.0%

Pet cleaning fees are $10 per pet per night.

Cancellation Policy

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Updated: Apr 17, 2015


From the Owner

More than just a base for exploring Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding area, Rancho Loco is a self-contained resort. It provides all the comforts of home in a spectacular setting. Unlike many vacation homes in Joshua Tree, Rancho Loco provides a year round experience due to the salt water pool, which provides the remarkable sensation of cool blue water beneath the hot summer sun and the limitless night skies.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • 2


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Detached Unit
  • Queen size Beds (2) There is a queen bed in the main house bedroom. There is also a queen bed in the studio loft., Twin or Single Beds (2) There are two twin beds in the main room of the studio. They are also used as sofas., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a convertible futon/double in the bedroom of the main house.


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Two Separate Living Quarters, Swamp Cooler in main house and in the studio, Lounge chairs, Pool Floaties, Picnic Table, Beach Towels and other Sundries for Maximum Pool Enjoyment

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