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The Desert Lily

PO Box 139 , Joshua Tree, CA 92252 USA (Show map)
12 Reviews
$155 - $175
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The Desert Lily is an intimate Bed and Breakfast with panoramic views located on eight acres in the Joshua Tree Highlands overlooking the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. It is away from the highway and as close to the park as you can be. This contemporary adobe B&B has hand-painted walls in the guestrooms and bathrooms, individual covered patios and main patio area for alfresco dining, an art-filled great room for indoor breakfasts, individual room heating/AC, ceiling fans, walking paths, a hammock under a Joshua Tree for stargazing, every manner of desert flora and fauna including lizards, quail, jackrabbits, coyotes, desert tortoises, Gourmet breakfasts (always artfully presented), evening refreshments, individualized horseback riding nearby, therapeutic massage available, and as much information about the sights, hikes, restaurants in the area, as you would care to know. AVAILABLE FOR SHORT TERM RENTAL: Casa Rosita, sleeps 4, desert hideaway with interior and exterior fireplaces. B'iltmore Bunkhouse homesteader's cabin sleeps 5, patio fireplace, deck, kitchen. Rancho Rincon, traditional adobe hacienda, 2 bedrooms, large living room with fireplace. Quail Haven sleeps 5. All CHARMING with panoramic views! Click on photos on homepage of The Desert Lily website.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.8

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Beautiful property, wonderful hostess. And the cookies...

4.4 on October 14, 2013

We had a wonderful, relaxing vacation here this past weekend. The room was clean and the place is very cute - fire pit in the back, hammock under the stars, cute property way off the beaten path, the only sound the occasionally howling wind or crickets. The food was AMAZING. Carrie is an amazing cook - she killed it with the strawberry stuffed french toast. She respects your privacy and is really laid back and sweet. I should also mention she fresh baked cookies every day and they were soooo good.

Just about perfect

5 on March 04, 2012

We had debated between the Desert Lily and the "other" funky place, which we drove by on the way into town. What a wrong choice that would have been! First, DL is not on Hwy 62, a major artery with 60 mph traffic. In fact, it is more than halfway along the Park Blvd between the town of JT and the park entrance and so very convenient. It is on a rocky dirt road in the JT Highlands, a private community with houses on the desert hillside with plenty of room between them. It would be tricky to find in the dark so plan to arrive in daylight and do not arrive early, as you'll need to wait for the 4pm check-in time for the door to be opened. Carrie has exquisite taste and is sophisticated and smart; she doesn't suffer fools gladly so don't be one. If you are a reasonably appreciative and thoughtful guest, you will be welcomed into a warm family of like-minded hikers, gourmets, mountaineers and hipsters. We enjoyed our fellow guests almost as much as we did the desert and spent an evening around the fire pit with a bottle of wine (courtesy of Carrie) talking into the wee hours. Carrie herself is funny and cool and has lived a very interesting life. The hiking in the park is breath-taking and Carrie supplies all the information/guidebooks you might desire, as well as restaurant tips well-matched to her accurate read of your tastes. The DL is IN the desert, which means steps from the patio are quail, jackrabbits, lizards, cholla, etc. Everything is lovely, everywhere you look, and all your needs are anticipated. Breakfast is visually lovely as well as delicious and there is always free wine, chocolate, cookies and hot drinks. This is the ONLY place to stay that serves breakfast and absolutely the most lovely setting and best value in JT. Please stay away if you need to: make your reservation by phone at 3AM, watch TV, eat junk food for breakfast or are generally a high-maintenance, selfish type.

Absolutly the best B&B in Joshua Tree!!

4.0 on February 19, 2012

We spent 2 wonderful days and nights with Carrie at the Desert Lily B&B. Carrie is a fantastic host, spectacular breakfast chef and great conversationalist. Lots of fun. Carrie directed us to local hikes and dinner venues (dont' miss Pappy and Harriets). The room was quiet and cozy. The home was designed very well, and provides a wonderful sunny courtyard, protected from the wind. We will recommend the Desert Lily to all of our friends heading out to Joshua Tree. We will definatly be back.

Lovely Place

5 on January 18, 2012

This B&B is cozy, clean, relaxing and beautiful for a reasonable price! Chris our host and excellent cook was really nice and helpful with information about what to see and do in the area. I highly recommend The Desert Lily for your Joshua Tree visit.

Where everybody will (soon) know your name

4.6 on October 17, 2010

Fantastic, richly simple, cozy, heartwarming inn. Colorful rooms, friendly affable hostess Carrie helps you settle in with a glass of port and recommendations for your trip or solitude, your choice. Hearty, healthy breakfast in a warm environment, cozy bed, and outdoor chimenea without the bother of TV

Great place, great hosts!

5 on March 15, 2010

We had a wonderful stay. A very relaxing place to spend a night or two. Carrie and Bob were very accomodating without being intrusive. Their stories alone are worth the stay. The food was very good, the room was very comfortable. They think of everything...the room had backpacks, coolers, sunblock, games, books, even Q-tips! We look forward to gong back, which is the highest compliment we can give.


4.8 on October 15, 2008

Exceeded all my expectations! Exceptional in every, comfort, cleanliness, etc.

Amazing Desert Escape

4.6 on July 08, 2008

Our weekend getaway was so beautiful, serene, relaxing, rejuvenating. Carrie is a wonderful hostess and amazing cook! We have already been back for a return visit and will go again.

Great Experience!

3.8 on April 30, 2008

We enjoyed our stay at the Desert Lily immensely. We stayed in the small house and enjoyed all the "touches/extras" provided such as availabilty of all appliances including BBQ, fire pit right down to flashlights for walking or hiking in the evenings. The bed in the living room - yes in the living room was so unique - you would go to sleep looking at stars and wake up to a beautiful view of the desert. We would recommend anyone interested in hiking in the Joshua Tree National Park consider a stay at the Desert Lily as it is situated so near to the park.

Wonderful Getaway!

5 on November 07, 2007

We just returned from spending three nights at the Desert Lily B&B. We had a wonderful experience. The inkeeper is great and the Desert Lily is a welcoming place to stay. #1. Carrie is a fabulous breakfast cook! Simply amazing! #2. Our room was clean and welcoming and had everything we needed. #3. The dining room and patio was a great place for us to visit with each other, borrow books and games to play, and relax in comfort. #4. If you visit, don't forget to enjoy the stars on one of the hammocks and take a romantic walk on the Desert Lily property. We will definitely return to this B&B!

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Location Type

Countryside, Desert, Mountains, Ranch, Small town


Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Interstate 10 to Hwy 62 to Joshua Tree (directions from Park Blvd west entrance to Park upon reservation)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Rock climbing, Horseback riding, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Antiquing, Nature Trails, Hiking, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, TV, TV Video games, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , Many private sitting areas, Hammock

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, VCR, Videos

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  • Check In:: 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only In designated areas
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Allowed in some guest houses, not in B&B rooms, please.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two-night minimum on weekends, three for some holidays.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: The Desert Lily is a small (and away from traffic) place of lodging that is available by advance reservation only. For this reason you are responsible for the entire amount of your reservation if you cancel after 14 days prior to your first night of lodging. If the room can be re-rented, you will be relieved of the number of days of the re-rental, but in any case will be charged for a minimum of one nights' lodging. Cancellations made before that will be charged a $20 handling fee. Alternate dates may be considered.



Carrie Yeager

Languages spoken

some Spanish, English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, cooking, writing, travel, music, reading, cacti & succulent growing, camping, art, mountain biking, baking, mountaineering, running, yoga, motorcycle touring, Spanish language, poetry, SCUBA diving, ...

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Patio, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


PO Box 139 , Joshua Tree, CA 92252 USA (Show map)

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