Guest Post: Joshua Tree’s Hicksville Trailer Palace

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This guest post if from Johnie Gall of, all images courtesy of

Somewhere outside of Joshua Tree National Park, I stumbled across the Hicksville Trailer Palace, a surreal little hotel made up entirely of themed Airstream trailers, train cars, and tiki huts sitting on a patch of Astroturf in the desert. The clever encampment is an isolated desert getaway—part kitschy tourist attraction, part artist retreat—that offers eight different trailers and two off-site properties to rest your head in after a day of getting lost among the boulders.

hicksville trailer palace

hicksville trailer palace

hicksville trailer palace

Choose from rooms like the Sideshow (a circus train car complete with Fortune Teller robot), the western-themed Pioneer, The Integratrailor (an alien-themed trailer that pays homage to The Integratron building in the Mojave Desert) or the Fifi, designed by Ry and Marci Hessling of Fifi Mahony’s wig store in New Orleans. The motel is solar powered and offers other little oddities like a saltwater pool, an archery and BB gun range, a tipi with its own fire pit, an outdoor shower and Fort Dog, a little fenced off area for your pup.

hicksville trailer palace

What You Should Know:

This isn’t the ACE Hotel and Swim Club. This place is for people who want a little adventure, so bring your own food, water, and shampoo and prepare for a totally new kind of camping (and yes, each trailer has towels, a fridge, heat and air conditioning!).  Only registered guests can get on the property.


Rates vary by trailer, but start at $100 a night. You can book right on the Hicksville website or by emailing

Getting There:

Every time of year is the right time to visit the desert. The ride from Los Angeles takes about two hours depending on traffic. The owners prefer to keep the address secret to protect the privacy of their guests, so book a room to find out more!

What to Do:

Visit Joshua Tree National Park! Giant boulders and the Joshua trees make this place look like some alien planet. Just be sure to pack enough water. When you’re done, take a trip to see Noah Purifoy’s Art complex (if you can find it) or stop by Pappy and Harriet’s for food and live bands.


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Simone -October 3, 2012, 12:09PM

OMG I love this place. Spent my 21st here!

Montana -October 3, 2012, 7:41PM

Amazing! I want to visit/possibly live ;p

Megan -October 4, 2012, 7:52AM

I stayed here last year (in the FiFi trailer) and returned a few months later for round 2. I LOVE Hicksville! Come here to escape, relax and see the most beautiful sunsets! A hidden gem for sure.

Alexandra Queen -October 7, 2012, 8:03PM

This place is so rad! The band Spindrift recorded their album there; they do pretty epic spaghetti western themed music. Really cool


Kelly -February 23, 2013, 2:42PM

I love all the fun themes! When is Hicksville coming to Seattle?!

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