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.
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
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!
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').
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.
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.
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.
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.