Our rural neighborhood is great. Our neighbors came out for the peace and quiet too. Please do keep them in mind as you enjoy the desert.
Please drive slowly on the dirt roads. It keeps the dust down for everyone, minimizes noise, and the neighboring horses are much happier about it too.
Quiet hours are 10pm-8am
- Main Grounds: Please ensure that sound does not carry beyond the courtyard walls, particularly past 10 pm.
- Lower Grounds: Indoor-only sound past 10 pm.
How's the cell phone service?
Service is strong for all major service providers.
Do you have WIFI?:
Yes, wifi is provided. We are on rural internet, which means that it is most often steady and reliable, if occasionally a bit slow when congested. Two people can certainly Skype on their separate laptops simultaneously. 20 people certainly could not.
Inclement weather will sometimes cause interruption. Overall, it's serviceable for web-browsing, social-media-ing, Google Doc-ing, and non-simultaneous media streaming.
If you require100% reliable high-speed Internet, we strongly advise bringing a personal WiFi hot spot.
What shall I pack?
The Hi Desert Ranch is a nature-immersed location, do pack with that in mind. Our nature path between the lower and upper grounds is clear and well-marked, however prickly things are abundant in the desert, and closed-toe shoes would be most comfortable when walking the path.
- Closed-toe shoes
- Warm layers for the evenings
- A sun hat
- Day-pack with water bottle if you are hiking
- Swimsuit for the hot tubs and pool
- Reading/journaling material for the hammocks and reading nooks
- Board games or cards
- WiFi hotspot if you absolutely require high-speed internet
What is there to do?
Well, we definitely recommend our hot tubs and hammocks. Cocktails and horseshoes always seems to be a favorite, followed by an evening fire in our Fireside Lounge (if conditions allow).
There is a world beyond the ranch too! Definitely follow our Instagram @thehidesert for the latest and personal favorites.
What's the Uber/Lyft situation?
There appears to be one Uber/Lyft driver in town, and they are available... rarely. Your best bet is Lucky 777 Cab (760)660-9115. You can call ahead to schedule, they have mini-vans for group excursions. They know the Pappy & Harriet's route very very well.
Please enjoy your time at the Hi Desert Trip with the awareness that those neighboring you (human and animal) also wish to enjoy the privacy, peace, and quiet of the desert too. Sound and voices carry in the open desert.
Quiet hours are between 10pm and 8am. During quiet hours, no amplified music and please keep voice down, particularly beyond the courtyard walls.
In general, please do minimize sound/voices beyond the courtyard walls.
Absolutely no use of remote-control aircraft (drones), firearms, or other disruptive activities on the Hi Desert Ranch or anywhere.
Pick up any trash, particularly when turning in at night. Loose trash can easily be blown into the open desert by the wind.
Please do not use bedroom blankets outside. Courtesy outdoor-use blankets are in the wire baskets in the living room.
The Joshua Tree area is a high fire hazard zone.
- Absolutely no open flames, fireworks, or fire lanterns.
- Extinguish/dispose of cigarettes responsibly.
- In the outdoor fireplace, please be vigilant - never leave the fire unattended and no large fires/spark.
- No fires in outdoor fireplace when windy.
We are lucky to share this space with many flora and fauna, including quail, coyotes, rabbits, birds, and reptiles. Please be aware that this is their home too.
Please stay on designated walking paths.
Please leave vegetation and animals undisturbed. Do not collect vegetation. Do not burn vegetation.
Joshua Trees have a very shallow root system. Please do not lean on, hang from, or engage in any activity that would compromise their sensitive root system, as this can lead to the trees collapsing.
There are many kinds of snakes in the desert, including venomous rattlesnakes. If you encounter snakes on the property please call us immediately so we can arrange for a reptile specialist to safely relocate it. Please do not harm any snakes, as they just want to be left alone.