|What time is check-in and check-out?
Check-in is after 3:00pm and Check-out is 11:00am unless special arrangements are made prior to your arrival.
Can I get an early check-in or late check-out?
We can only answer this question the day before you arrive (regarding early check-in) and the day before you leave (regarding early check-out). Depending on other guest arrivals/departures and our caretaker.
How can I send my deposit and payment?
You can send us payment via Paypal, personal check or money order.
Paypal is widely used across the internet and lets anyone with an email address securely send and receive online payments using their credit card or bank account. If you haven't used it before, it takes just a few minutes to set up and send a payment. See our Payment Page for more details.
If you prefer to pay by personal check or money order,
make it payable to "Green Acres Ranch" or "Albert Calleros" and mail it to this address:
Green Acres Ranch
c/o Albert & Sandra Calleros
13219 Cumpston Street
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
We require a 50% deposi upon reservation, and the balance of payment one week prior to your stay.
Please let us know which cabin you prefer.
When we receive your deposit, we will send you a confirmation letter. Please send us your mailing address and let us know where you will be driving in from so we can send you the correct info!
Can I just pay by giving you my Visa card info?
Unfortunately, we cannot directly charge credit cards. You can send us payment via Paypal or personal check. Paypal is widely used across the internet and lets anyone with an email address securely send and receive online payments using their credit card or bank account. If you haven't used it before, it would take about 10 minutes to get it all set up and send a payment. See our Payment Page for more details.
What is your cancellation policy?
A minimum of 15 days notice of cancellation required for full refund.
Cancellations withi 14-8 days of your arrival are subject to a 20% fee of the full rental price.
Cancellations within 7 days are subject to a 40% fee of the full rental price.
What is the difference between the cabins?
The Cactus Flower cabin is situated with better views, but Roadrunner cabin has more interior space. Cactus Flower is sunny and bright while the Roadrunner is more rustic. Neither cabin has a private bedroom. The Cactus Flower is much like a studio apartment, where the living room and bedroom are one. The Roadrunner's living room and bedroom areas are separate. Couples tend to choose the Cactus Flower more often than the Roadrunner. We're not sure why. The Cactus Flower is situated with better views.
How far apart are the two cabins? How private are they?
The cabins are about 90 feet apart with a shift in elevation as well. You really have to go out of your way to notice the other guests in their cabin. While most of the land is shared, each cabin has its own private outdoor space to the rear, away from the sight of the other cabin, and all of our guests have been great about giving each other privacy. In short, you can see as little of the other guests as you want.
How many rooms and beds do the cabins have?
The Roadrunner cabin has one bed, a couch, and we can arrange for a cot to be placed in it. The cabin is set up in a such a way that the bedroom, kitchen/dining area and living area are like a chain of open space, which unfortunately means that there is not much privacy within the cabin, aside from the bathroom. There is a large separate room which we call the art studio, but it is essentially a screened-in, enclosed area with a pebble floor. People enjoy the more rustic and spacious nature of the Roadrunner.
The Cactus Flower cabin is more like a studio arrangement. The living room and bedroom are one and the same, complemented by a small sitting area, bathroom and kitchen. Couples tend to enjoy the cozy and lighter feeling of the Cactus Flower, and three people would definitely be a crowd.
Are your cabins close to Joshua Tree National Park?
Yes. The west entrance of the park is a five minute drive away. You can also walk up to the boundary of the park in less than 20 minutes. There are no signs saying that you can't simply hike into the park (the signs do have some warnings, like no motorbikes), so we're assuming that it's OK to just go right in.
I'm looking for peace and quiet! Is the traffic noise loud?
We have had only one guest complain about traffic noise in the two years that Green Acres has been hosting happy travelers. We're located about 1/8 mile from the 62 Hwy and there are certain times of day/circumstance when the traffic can be more noticeable than the usual low, easy-to-ignore background hum. All other roads near the ranch are dirt roads with minimal travelers. You won't hear traffic noise if you are indoors with closed windows. The rear outdoor area of the Roadrunner cabin is most susceptible. If you are hyper-sensitive to traffic noise, it's best to stay in the Cactus Flower cabin, which is further from the 62 and has a rear outdoor area facing the mountains.
How close are the neighbors?
The closest house is about 200-250 yards away. Unless someone else is staying at the ranch, the chances of you seeing any humanity is slim. And we never see any locals walking the desert, so it's very easy to feel a nice sense of solitude. Many guests tell us that we have the perfect balance of peace and accessibility.
Can I or should I bring children?
We generally discourage guests from bringing children because of the harshness of the desert environment and the somewhat rustic nature of the cabins.
Though we keep them nice and tidy, a curious kid might put his hand into a crevice with a hiding spider or wayward scorpion. Also, because the cabins are heated by fireplace or stove, they present a burning hazard to children. Outside, the desert presents a variety of natural dangers...stinging and biting critters, thorny cacti and splinters, firepits, and a drowning-hazard pond.
So unless you can keep a 100% watchful eye on your little treasures, we think that Green Acres Ranch is best for adults.
Is there a fence for my dogs?
The 2 1/2 acre area surrounding the cabins is fenced as a whole. The cabins do not have individually fenced areas. On a side-note, we always insist that all dogs staying at the ranch are both people and dog-friendly.
Are pets allowed indoors?
Dogs are free to wander outdoors. We want to keep our interiors as clean as possible, so only house-trained dogs are allowed indoors. Dogs are not allowed on the furniture. We encourage dog owners to bring doggy beds. If your pets are prone to relaxing on furniture, we ask that they be leashed (away from furniture) when inside.
What about air conditioning?
The cabins are cooled by evaporative coolers, or "Swamp Coolers". They are essentially large fans which draw air through water-cooled screens, then push the cooled air through the cabins. They'll ever make the cabins ice-cold like normal air-conditioners, but they can make even the hottest days pretty pleasant.
What about heating?
The Cactus Flower cabin has a large wood stove, which makes the cabin downright toasty. The Roadrunner has a fireplace and a portable electric heater, which makes the cabin comfortable, though not nearly as warm as the Cactus Flower. All the firewood you need is already waiting for you at the ranch.
Are there phones in the cabins?
The cabin phones will only dial 911 .Most cell phones receive a signal at the ranch. Cell phone service is not available within Joshua Tree National Park.
Do you provide linens and towels?
Yes, plus soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion.
Is there maid or room service?
No. While this isn't exactly "roughing it", it is a bit rustic. For stays of 7 days or longer, our caretaker will clean the cabin at your request and replace your towels (once every 7 days).
Can I smoke inside?
No. But smoking outside is quite fine.
How close is Joshua Tree from Palm Springs/Palm Desert?
Generally a forty-five minute drive will put you anywhere in Palm Springs or Palm Desert.
What is the best time of year to visit Joshua Tree?
Late September through early June are considered fine times to visit the park. To see the blooming flowers in the park, plan on visiting in early late March or early April.
What are the average temperatures in Joshua Tree?
Where can you hike and climb?
Joshua Tree National Park is a mecca for rock climbing. The hiking is great too! Check out the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms for info on hikes. Also, check out www.joshuatreerockclimbing.com for info on rock climbing.
Is there a gas station and grocery stores nearby?
There is a gas station within 5 minutes. There are several grocery stores and two large department stores within 15 minutes of the ranch. Locally, Joshua Tree offers two small health food stores, a convenience store and a liquor store.
Are there restaurants and shops in the area?
There are several restaurants and shops in the village of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. Night life and a movie theater can be enjoyed in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, about a ten minute drive. Joshua Tree offers Thai and Mexican food as well as an assortment of coffee and breakfast locations. See our Recommended Eats for some choices.
Is there a golf course in the area?
There are two golf courses located in the high desert. Blue Skies Country Club Inc (760-365-0111) and the Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course (760-367-5770). Also, the Palm Desert area and Palm Springs offer many golf courses.