Log Cabin surrounded by an Oasis of Peace.

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2 guests

1 bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

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Enjoy unmatched solitude within the Sand to Snow National Monument just down the road from the 2,851 acre Whitewater Preserve which is gateway to the San Gorgonio Wilderness Backcountry. There is a long road to ride your bike or go for a jog, you can also focus on some nature photography or study some rare birds in the nearby oasis. After your hike, soak in the clawfoot tub or listen to some classic vinyl while composing your next adventure.

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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Lockbox


Security Deposit: £645
Weekly Discount: 10%
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The space

Step back in time and enter the historic Native American Cahuilla Indian village formerly named Wanapiapa (Place of Water) within the Whitewater Canyon Preserve. The Whitewater River has traveled 70 miles from the 11,503' ft peak of Mount San Gorgonio - creating this natural wild life sanctuary & oasis by the underground damming effect of the San Andreas Faultline. An Oasis of peace in a harsh land - located just 10 miles northwest of Palm Springs and two hours east of Los Angeles.

Guests should expect privacy in a quiet and peaceful environment in nature with a river running through it! Cooler evenings, darker nights, with the massive hand carved logs providing insulation during the heat of the day (also has AC) all compliment this natural paradise in the Desert. A short walk to a flowing river through the trees makes for a reflective journey into early California. One of the best parts of staying here is having unparalleled access to the oasis & river. Wildlife includes many species of birds, the occasional mountain lion & bear passing through, bobcats, bighorn sheep, coyotes, rabbits, lizards, and more. This is a great place to paint or write, or work on your photography skills too!

Guest access

You'll have access to the entire cabin. This handcrafted log cabin of massive western red cedar logs sustainably felled from British Columbia, Canada, is perched above the natural oasis made up of mature Cottonwood trees, palms, grapevines, and many other native botanical plants. This is the only river in the desert and is surrounded by rugged hillsides and meandering hiking trails where you can escape the bustle of city life while still being close enough to dine out in Palm Springs. The Bonnie Bell Oasis (just outside) was once home to the Wanakik Band of Cahuilla Indians. The Pioneer Log Cabin is beautifully rustic, however it has all the comforts you need, including a full kitchen, a bathroom with clawfoot tub, comfortable living area and amazing views of Mt. San Jacinto (10,834').

Interaction with guests

Let Co-Host Danny know if you'd like to hang out or check out some of the more 'off the beaten track' things to do during your visit. If you read this far: Book 3 nights, get the 4th one free. You'll have to let Danny know by sending him a message on Airbnb.

The neighbourhood

Surrounded by the Sand to Snow National Monument is the very small area known as Bonnie Bell. There are only a few full time residents here. Wilderness, solitude, and the Whitewater River are right out the front door. Remember to check out Whitewater Preserve at the end of Whitewater Canyon Road (8am-5pm)

Getting around

The best way is to have your own car, but you can get to and from here via UBER, LYFT, or taxi cab. There is no public transportation.

Fine dining restaurants are to be found in neighboring Palm Springs and the surrounding desert region, but you will need to drive 10 miles to the nearest food and shopping - although several fast food facilities & gas stations are only 10 minutes away.

Other things to note

It is dark here (no streetlights) so please bring a flashlight and watch your step in the dark. We recommend not hiking alone or after dark in this natural habitat located in Whitewater Canyon.

•Palm Springs (Golf Capital of the world)
•Bonnie Bell Oasis / Cahuilla Indian Village
•San Andreas Fault
•Pacific Crest Trail
•Wildlands Conservancy / Whitewater Preserve is at the end of the canyon road, 3 miles up - once there you'll have access to thousands of acres of backcountry hiking and camping - all the way to Big Bear and beyond. Yes! the Pacific Crest Trail will take you all the way to Canada or Mexico!
•The Palm Springs Ariel Tramway: Access to 8,516' elevation.
•Joshua Tree National Park: 45 minutes drive
•Indian Canyons: A desert oasis located in Palm Springs
•Desert Hot Springs: Dozens of developed hot springs.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Please be aware of neighborhood dogs and resident mountain lions, bears, coyotes and raccoons, there is a slim chance you will see any of them but you may hear an occasional coyote yip or howl. The evenings are usually very peaceful with sounds of frogs coming from the canyon.

Also - please no late night parties - this hand carved log cabin is about peace and tranquility in nature.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

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118 Reviews

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David User Profile
June 2017
Beautiful log cabin, just like the pictures show, near the river with views on all sides. Clean, comfortable, easy access to hiking trails and a very short drive into Palm Springs. Nice place to get away for some tranquility.

Joey User Profile
June 2017
The log cabin is a beautiful, serene retreat that allows space, creativity, and a chance to ground and connect with nature. The cabin itself is gorgeous and detailed, with just enough space to stretch out and plenty of amenities to feel at home (plus some Sacred Path cards to guide your days). Marcus and Matt were generous, kind, and were there for anything I needed. Thank you! I hope to be back soon. This place is a gem.

Ronald User Profile
May 2017
This place is perfect for a quiet getaway. My family and I were quite pleased with its serenity and closeness to nature.

Cassandra User Profile
May 2017
Check in was easy and communication was great. The wifi was touch and go which made it a little tough to check opening times, get directions to places, etc. but our stay was short and we were there to disconnect anyway. The views from the cabin are unbeatable!

Jennifer User Profile
May 2017
We loved our stay in the cabin! The view was amazing and the location was serene. It was the perfect place to unplug and enjoy the beautifully crafted log cabin. We were well cared for and would love to come back soon!

Daniel User Profile
April 2017
This log cabin is beautiful! Marcus and Matt were great hosts - check in and checkout were very easy. And the house was even better than expected. Next time I want to stay longer!

Savannah User Profile
April 2017
My stay was absolutely amazing! The cabin was wonderful and an overall dream. The location is beautiful and the cabin was filled will all possible necessities. I will definitely be back to explore the area more thoroughly. Matt and Marcus are great.

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Marcus User ProfileMarcus is a superhost.

Marcus - the property owner- lives in another house 1000 ft behind log cabin in the old Indian village and is available to answer on-site questions. He is the executive director of White Water Canyon Earth & Biological Sciences - semi-retired from the movie industry in LA and writing -

**Responding to your inquiries is Matt (Marcus' neighbor). He has high speed internet from his place across the valley and will help answer your questions before your trip. He helps Marcus book his cabin out and is very experienced with Airbnb.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

About the home

When you stay in an Airbnb, you’re staying in someone’s home.

This is Marcus’s place.
Patty, Danny and Chris help host.
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