Adobe in the Palms Joshua Tree Park

California Stayz
  • House
  • Sleeps16
  • Bedrooms2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Minimum Stay1-2

PROPERTY Description

Built in the late 1930s, historic Adobe in the Palms has a long, colorful story. It's situated on 25 private acres in Wonder Valley where breathtaking sunrises and lingering sunsets color silent vistas from the nearby mountains to the valley floor. The Adobe is the perfect place for a quiet romantic getaway or a lively family reunion.

The space

In 1937, Pasadena physician Dr. William Neugebauer discovered the charm and seclusion of Wonder Valley, about 8 miles east of Twentynine Palms, California. After frequent visits to a friend’s home there, he purchased his own 25-acre parcel and began building a unique, architect-designed adobe cottage.

The Adobe became the Neugebauer family hideaway where the doctor would trailer the family’s horses anytime they could get away. He built a six-stall horse barn where his horses could vacation as comfortably as the rest of the family, and where Bamboo Harvester, better known by his stage name Mr. Ed, was also said to have vacationed.

Today, the Adobe in the Palms is a historic vacation rental located just twelve minutes from Joshua Tree National Park. The rustic, adobe-walled structure features hand-hewn 1880s-era timber beams supporting a hand-made clay tile roof and rooftop deck. Decorated with period furniture and movie memorabilia that recall the days of Westerns and film noir, the Adobe celebrates cinema, the American cowboy, and 1950s country music.

Many desert lovers have noticed the desert is not as deserted as it once was. What drove Dr. Neugebauer all the way out to the absolute quiet of Wonder Valley may be driving you, too. From the Adobe you’ll take in cross-valley vistas to Joshua Tree National Park, and breathtaking views of nearby Cleghorn and Sheephole Mountain Wilderness Areas. The roads aren’t paved, but neighbors are few and far between in Wonder Valley.

The Adobe is a bit of an oasis, as it is sited over an aquifer that provides ample water for the mature eucalyptus, Palo Verde, palm and agave trees that surround and cool the home. Under the leafy canopy on the Spanish tile terrace, you’ll find a gas-fired barbecue, a firepit and outdoor furniture for dining under the stars. Two additional 50-gallon drum barbecues are also available for large parties and family reunions. Wander the grounds of our 25-acre ranch and make your own memories. You’ll encounter a special peace and stillness that hasn’t changed since the ranch was established in the late 1930s.

Inside, the air-cooled Adobe features one full bathroom, two private bedrooms and additional beds and couches. While you won’t see an array of high tech, twenty-first-century kitchen gear, you will find reliable mid-century appliances, period utensils, and dishware. In the winter you can keep warm by the hearth or gather around our wood-burning fireplace and stove while you spin Hank Williams and Sons of the Pioneers records.

The Adobe sleeps six in beds, four more in cots and two more on couches. There’s an RV hookup with water and electricity on the grounds, and acres of room for dry-camping additional RVs, trailers, campers, and tents.

In late 2018 we’ll be opening the Old Adobe Drive-In, featuring a 20’ x 10’ movie screen with digital video and audio systems. We’re planning to add a second fire pit at the theater where you’ll be able to relax around the fire while you watch classic westerns, ‘50s Sci-Fis and ‘70s rock concerts during our special event weekends. Bring your hats, boots, and bandannas so you can get your hoedown on the moment you roll through our wagon-wheel gates. You’ll want to make The Adobe in the Palms your secret family hideaway, too.

• Historic 1930s adobe structure
• Vintage architectural detail throughout
• Wood-burning fireplace
• Wood-burning stove 
• Air cooled
• Rooftop terrace with postcard views
• Two private bedrooms
• One bathroom with shower
• Full kitchen stocked with period housewares 
• RV electrical and water hookups
• 25 very private acres
• Views of surrounding hillsides and mountains
• Absolute quiet and seclusion
• Nearby cell repeater tower for 5-bar connections
• Wireless hotspot connecting gear
• Shaded porches and patios
• Gas-fired grille
• Two 50-gallon barbecues
• Firepit
• Stereo with turntable and classic country and rock music collection 
• Mature palm, eucalyptus, agave, and Palo Verde tree canopy
• Six-stall horse barn
• Minutes from the Palms restaurant and bar
• Minutes from downtown Twentynine Palms
• Minutes from Joshua Tree National Park
• Minutes from local shooting range
• Minutes from Twentynine Palms municipal airport

• No shooting firearms of any kind
• No motorcycles or ATVs on the grounds
• Please use screen over fireplace
• No reckless driving/stirring up dust
• Keep speeds to 5 MPH max on grounds
• Please, no smoking indoors
• Do not harm natural vegetation or landscaping 
• No unauthorized photo shoots; inquire about contract arrangements
• No tampering with smoke detectors 
• No open fires outside of dedicated burn barrels or pits
• No outdoor fires in high wind conditions

The neighborhood

The Adobe in the Palms is located in Wonder Valley, which occupies the gently sloping basin between the Sheep Hole Mountains and Bullion Mountains to the north and the Pinto Mountains to the south. Elevations in Wonder Valley range from 1,800 feet (550 m) in the valley's western reaches to 1,200 feet (370 m) near the eastern frontier of the population within the valley. The nearest incorporated community is the city of Twentynine Palms, which lies about 10 miles (16 km) to the west. State Route 62 and Amboy Road both pass through Wonder Valley; most other roads in the community are unpaved.

Getting around

We're just minutes from 29 Palms Municipal Airport and less than a half a mile off the paved highway.

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  • Air conditioning
  • Dryer : In the building, free or for a fee
  • Essentials : Towels, bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Heating : Central heating or a heater in the listing
  • Hot water
  • Laptop friendly workspace : A table or desk with space for a laptop and a chair that’s comfortable to work in
  • TV
  • Washer : In the building, free or for a fee
  • Free parking on premises
  • Kitchen : Space where guests can cook their own meals
Guest access:
  • Private entrance : Separate street or building entrance
  • Long term stays allowed : Allow stay for 28 days or more
Bed and bath:
  • Hair dryer
  • Hangers
  • Shampoo
Safety features:
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Smoke detector
  • First aid kit
Sleeping arrangements:
  • Bedroom 1 : 1 king bed, 1 double bed, 1 single bed, 2 couches, 2 air mattresses, 1 floor mattress
  • Bedroom 2 : 1 queen bed, 1 single bed
  • Common spaces : 1 king bed, 1 double bed, 2 single beds, 1 sofa bed, 2 couches, 1 air mattress, 1 floor mattress



Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly
Basic Rate
2 nights min stay
$170.00 - - -
Additional information about rental rates:
  • Cleaning Fee $ 120
  • Tax Rate 7.5%
Owner's Cancellation Policy :


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Cary's place in 21 Palms was the perfect spot for me and a few friends to celebrate New Year's
Cary's place in 21 Palms was the perfect spot for me and a few friends to celebrate New Year's. This incredible adobe house is straight out of a film - incredibly charming and unique character. Cary let us play his records, and he even had a pile of wood to make a cozy fire. He was incredibly communicative, and helpful with questions I had about the place. I would highly recommend this place, and hope to be back there soon.


Cary was everything and more that you would expect from a host.
Cary was everything and more that you would expect from a host. His hospitality was extraordinary in a sense that was warm and inviting. He was able to accommodate us at an extremely late notice even at a time in his own inconvenience. He communicates quickly and was informative enough to make the route there and getting inside the house an easy experience. The adobe was rustic and intimate, and even though it is still undergoing some updates, it was an absolutely beautiful space to spend our trip. There is a lot of character to the adobe that will surely appeal to anyone staying here. The music coming from the vinyl playing on his record player added so much more personality to the house as the sounds traveled along the adobe walls almost immediately brightening everyone’s outlook as they stepped in. My group quickly fell in love with what our home would be for the weekend. Cary was always a quick call away if we had any issues.


We loved Cary’s beautiful ranch
We loved Cary’s beautiful ranch! Very comfortable for our crew and plenty of outdoor space! So many quaint touches and comfy beds. Excited to return!


This was a fabulous experience for us
This was a fabulous experience for us. It was like stepping back in time 150 years and yet having many of modern conveniences: fridge, stove, running water, working bath room. No internet, no luxury but cell service. Our family played board games, cooked and talked. The beams and materials all seem or replicate being man-made 100+ years ago. Cory was most amazing in terms of response time and friendliness. He wanted to make sure we understood that this would be a very rustic experience. We LOVED it!

Rustic getaway for sure but great location

Rustic getaway for sure but great location
Rustic getaway for sure but great location and totally authentic. My kids loved it... even though there was no internet!


The adobe in the Palms is a magical place and more than we could have ever imagined
The adobe in the Palms is a magical place and more than we could have ever imagined. I travel for a living and rarely enjoy nights away from home, but her charm captured me. Our girls birthday weekend celebration group started off with 5 and-grew to 10, over the 4 day weekend. We added 3 horses and a small dog. Carey was not only inviting but was a gracious host. Not only was this place big enough for all of us, it had everything we needed. Not lacking in any amentities. We stayed on the property for the entire 4 days, except for groceries, none of us wanted to leave the property. Check out time came too fast. We were plotting another trip, (but longer)at our last breakfast at the adobe in the Palms. We will miss her charm, her peace, coffee at sunrise, family dinners on the patio, stunning sunsets and sitting around the fire under the stars. Until we meet again #adobeinthepalms. Thank you Cary for everything.