California deserts are anything but predictable, with sites as bizarre as they are beautiful. So it’s no surprise that these dramatic landscapes are the setting for weirdly wonderful places to bed down for the night.
To help you track down the lodging that best fits your desert dreams—or maybe creates them in the first place—we’ve put together a roundup of some of the state’s most memorable desert lodgings. Go retro-cool in luxed-up Airstream trailers near Joshua Tree National Park, tuck into a teepee in the Mojave Desert, or stay in a TV mogul’s over-the-top casbah near Palm Springs. No matter where you decide to spend the night, we bet you’ll be posting pics with “Look where I slept…” the next morning.
—Ann Marie Brown