What is Wild Heart Ranch?

Glad you asked! WHR is an airbnb vacation rental near Joshua Tree, California. But wait, there's more! What sets WHR apart, beyond its 40 acres of private desert, amazing setting, and comfortable ammenities including a pool and hot tub, is that embedded into the property is an optional interactive puzzle quest/immersive experience waiting to be discovered.

What is this "immersive experience" you speak of?

We don't want to spoil too much, but Wild Heart Ranch offers much more than your typical airbnb. If you're staying at the Ranch, there is a secret quest built right into the space just waiting to be discovered. Should you choose, you can embark on a journey that reveals the (fictional) history of the Ranch, setting you on a secret mission that will have you solving escape room style puzzles, discovering new spaces, interacting with the story, and perhaps even revealing special treasures for you to take home. All on the property of the Ranch. So despite how involved you get in the experience, you'll never be far from the pool, hot tub, or fire ring to wind down after a day of exploring.

Is Wild Heart Ranch pet friendly?

You bet! We love furry friends. Each listing has a pet fee and we ask that you take full responsibilty for your furry ones. The Ranch is in the open desert, so always be alert to keep your pets safe. Coyotes and snakes, while not uncommon, are rarely a threat as long as you're able to keep an eye on your own. More information regarding the pet policy on the Airbnb pages for each listing.

What's the difference between the Sunset Cottage and Wild Heart Ranch?

These are different rental listings situated on opposite ends of the 40 acre property. You can rent one or both of them. The Ranch is a 2-cabin compound that can sleep 8, and has a pool and hot tub. The Sunset Cottage is an intimate standalone cabin with a porch swing and cowboy tub, perfect for a couple. The two listings are far enough apart that you can be assured there is more than enough privacy between them.

What even IS an immersive experience?

While the term is used in extremely broad fashion these days, at its core an immersive experience is a story where you are the protagonist! Immersive experiences, like our own, often involve an interactive story. You are "immersed" in the setting. Our experience involves puzzles, art, stories, some multimedia, and other surprises. Think of it as a currated adventure!

Is Wild Heart Ranch scary?

Nope! Not at all.

Is this an escape room?

While we share many common elements as an escape room, no, this is not an escape room. You do not need to "escape" anything, you are not timed, and your goal is not to rip up every corner of the space. We do share some common elements as escape rooms, however, including clever themed puzzles that need to be solved in order to progress in the story, clues in the environment, clever reveals, and crazy fun.

Where is Wild Heart Ranch?

Wild Heart Ranch is on a wide-open 40-acre parcel of land between the towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms, in the beautiful California Mojave desert. We're about 20 minutes from the world-famous Joshua Tree National Park, 15 minutes to the nearest towns, and between 15-30 minutes to nearby stores and restaurants. The area is about 2.5 hours from Los Angeles, 3 hours from Las Vegas. The desert around Joshua Tree is absolutely stunning with many things to discover. You're going to love it.

Who is behind this crazy place?

Wild Heart Ranch was founded in 2020 by Blake and Bea Hodges-Koch, who designed and developed the property. The immersive experience game component was designed by Blake Hodges-Koch and Thomas Meston. The Ranch features an incredible art installation designed by artist Marina Fini (Meow Wolf).


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