Located on San Juan Island’s west side, on peaceful Mitchell…
Starting at $250 per cabin per night
Pioneertown, San Bernardino County, California, 92268, United States
Starting at $500 per room per night
Rimrock Ranch is a beautiful 36 acre ranch situated just outside Joshua Tree National Park in Pioneertown, California that was originally built as the weekend retreat for western actors like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The ranch consists of four rustic Cabins, retro-fitted Airstream trailers, a lodge and the internationally famous architectural masterpiece known as the Hatch House. The ranch is located just 2 hours from Los Angeles and 40 minutes from Palm Springs. Rimrock is the perfect getaway for those visiting Joshua Tree, Pioneertown or taking in live music at the world renowned Pappy and Harriet’s.
Unique Features: Actor Dick Curtis started up the town in 1946 as an 1880s themed live-in Old West living, breathing motion-picture set. The town was designed to provide a place for production companies to enjoy while also using their businesses and homes in movies. Hundreds of Westerns and early television shows were filmed in Pioneertown, including The Cisco Kid and Edgar Buchanan’s Judge Roy Bean.
Accommodations: There are some retro cabins, a lodge, a house and some super cool Airstream Campers. The four original 1940′s cabins feature original knotty pine paneling and period furnishings. Cabins 1, 2, and 4 have fully-equipped modern kitchens with coffeemaker, microwave, 4-burner stove, full-size fridge and cook/serve ware, Bluetooth record player, heat and air conditioning. Cabin 3 has a small fridge, microwave, coffee maker, Bluetooth record player, heater and air conditioner. All cabin bathrooms are stocked with soap, shampoo and towels.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Lodge. Located 50 feet from the main property, the Lodge is a perfect escape for a larger group or family. With a large living area, dining room, and kitchen, its home away from home. Great for entertaining, the Lodge also has a covered patio with outdoor propane firepit, propane grill and a large yard with excellent desert views. Pets are not allowed in the lodge.
Dining: All accommodations have a kitchen. There are several restaurants in Pioneertown, such as La Flama, Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, and the Red Dog Saloon. A major attraction in Pioneertown is Pappy and Harriet’s, a local indie bar where you get to experience entertainment in the Wild West. The bar is perfect for music lovers and has attracted artists from all over the world. Singers like Paul McCartney and the Arctic Monkeys have performed here.
Activities: Your stay at Rimrock Ranch Cabins includes the use and enjoyment of the grounds, observation deck, summer plunge pool, hiking trails, propane grill and fire pit. The land surrounding Pioneertown was once famous among miners who dug nearly 300 mines in the 1800s in the hopes of finding riches. While most of their efforts were futile, one mine did produce returns. The Lost Horse Mine now sits on the land protected by Joshua Tree National Park. Between the late 1800s and 1900s, this mine produced 16,000 ounces of silver and 10,000 ounces of gold which equals a value of $5 million.
Spa & Fitness: There is no spa or fitness center. Take a break from the Wild West and get your dose of science for the day. Located in the Mojave desert, right outside Pioneertown is The Integratron. This is 38 ft. mystical energy machine was built by ufologist, George Van Tassel. He claimed to have built the structure based on instructions he received from visitors from the planet Venus.
Location: Pioneertown, California, is an unincorporated community of the Morongo Basin region of San Bernardino’s High Desert. The historical town was originally incorporated in 1946 and fell into the hands of San Bernardino County in the late 1960s. The winding, 4-mile (6.4 km) drive northwest to Pioneertown from Yucca Valley has been designated a California Scenic Drive and the area is now surrounded by privately and federally protected lands.
Closest Airport: The closest major airport to Pioneertown, California is Palm Springs International Airport (PSP / KPSP). This airport is in Palm Springs, California and is 33 miles from the center of Pioneertown, CA.
Children’s Programs: No, they do not offer any supervised children’s programs.
Pet Friendly: Yes. The Lodge is the only accommodation that does not allow pets.
Weddings: Yes. Rimrock Ranch is a magical place located in the majestic high-desert, studded with flowering cactis, spectacular sunsets, faraway coyote howls, and unpretentious cowboy cool. Book the entire ranch for your event.
Meetings: No, unfortunately, they don’t have the facilities to handle large business meetings or conferences.
Extra Info: Dick Curtis, Roy Rogers and Russell Hayden were some of the original developers and investors. Gene Autry filmed his weekly show in town for 5 years, using the buildings and businesses as part of the film set. The first episode accidentally features the Pioneer Bowl sign, which was usually covered for filming, and Pioneer Bowl is still an operating bowling alley. The third building to be built in Pioneertown, Pioneer Bowl was used for recreation for the residents, actors and crew after filming.