The Oola team is deep in the throes of Midwestern winter: cold, damp, and generally dreary. To warm our bones from single-digit-degree weather, we went searching for vacation getaways in the hottest, driest parts of the country we could think of: the desert.
From starry outdoor glamping spots to unique and eco-friendly dome-style homes, we’ve compiled the most stunning desert Airbnbs to escape to in the last few months of winter.
Located on a Yucca Valley compound just a short drive away from Pioneertown and Palm Springs, California, this gorgeous vintage Airstream offers jaw-dropping desert views and an extraordinary Airbnb experience for the price.
This adults-only desert getaway is rooted in the ethos of the 1960s: freedom, liberation, relaxation, creative community, and communion with nature. The property features an 80-foot pool—clothing optional—and hot tub so you can literally soak in the surrounding nature.
Oh, to live in a reality where Villa Kuro is your everyday home. We can’t offer any tips for purchasing world-famous desert real estate, but hey—at least we plebeians can rent this exceptionally built and designed mid-century home for a long weekend.
In addition to the dazzling architecture and interior design, Villa Kuro also offers unparalleled views of ancient Californian desert boulders, a private saltwater hot tub, and luxurious amenities like cashmere bedspreads and a fully-equipped kitchen. The only bad part about this listing is check-out day.
Futuro Houses, also called “UFO houses,” were first introduced in 1968 as a “portable” ski chalet. There are only 85 of these unmistakable sci-fi homes in the world, and the Area 55 Futuro House is the only one in the United States available to rent.
Located minutes from downtown Joshua Tree, California, this refurbished Futuro House is equipped to provide a singular off-the-grid glamping experience. The UFO home is full of quirky decor, a stellar sound system, and an outdoor kitchen area with a propane grill island.
West Texas is home to the Big Bend National Park, often referred to as “Texas’ Gift to the Nation.” You can enjoy the unmatched peace and quiet of this natural Texan wonder in a remote, off-grid adobe dome in the desert.
This unique, solar-powered adobe structure is easily accessible by the road while still offering solitude and privacy for a romantic couples' getaway. The adobe dome also has wi-fi, on-site parking, a modest kitchen, and an open-air geodesic dome over an oh, so cozy fire pit—perfect for chilly desert nights.
Nicknamed the “Hobbit House,” this Earthship rental sits on five acres of apple orchard less than 15 minutes away from Taos, New Mexico. It includes a wood-burning fireplace, magnificent Southwestern design elements, and, if we’re being honest, one of the most unique and intriguing bathrooms we’ve ever seen.
Pioneertown was founded in 1946 by a group of Hollywood investors who dreamed of building an 1880s-style Old West set that was also a town worth visiting. Today, you can enjoy the wild, wild West in a vintage cowboy trailer situated under a vast, starry sky beside a huge Joshua tree.
This cozy camper is within walking distance of the legendary Pappy & Harriet’s, so you can enjoy their phenomenal live music and mouth-watering Tex-Mex cuisine (ahem, and amazing cocktail selection) without worrying about DDs or Ubers.
Become one with nature without passing up comfortable amenities like running hot water, a fully-functional kitchen, and a comfortable bed with this gorgeous yurt located in Unaweep Canyon in western Colorado.
Located minutes away from hiking trails, ATV tours, and more, there is no shortage of things to do while on your stay. But with views like this just past your front door, we can’t say we’d blame you for spending the whole visit at the rental property basking in the glory of the Colorado canyons.
Architecturally stunning and totally private, this nationally-renowned vacation home designed by Peter Strzebniok offers a once-in-a-lifetime stay in the Nevada High Desert just 20 miles off the Death Valley National Park boundary.
As if the sprawling desert landscape was not fantastic enough, the home itself is a wonder to marvel, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a large deck with a sunken hot tub, and a masterful design that keeps cool, comfortable air naturally circulating through the two building modules.
Sedona, Arizona, is a hidden gem tucked among the vibrant red rocks of the Arizona desert. You can escape to colorful hiking trails or enjoy the creature comforts of local spas, world-class eateries, and charming downtown boutiques.
Make yourself at home during your time in Sedona in this breathtaking luxury home equipped with high-speed internet, home office, panoramic views, and breezy outdoor living space for dining or relaxing (or our favorite, both).
The desert’s color palette tends to stay within the realm of rusty oranges, rich browns, sun-soaked beiges, and sage greens. Balance the muted, earthy environment with the Color Trip Trailer, a custom 5th Wheel RV bursting with neon rainbow stripes, lights, and splatters.
Take in 360-degree views of the Mojave Desert from the cowboy pool or explore the local sights, including Joshua Tree National Park and Copper Mountain. If you’re in the mood for a drive to the city, Los Angeles is a completely doable (and incredibly scenic) two-hour drive away.
Located in the world-famous Greater World Earthship Community, this New Mexico destination combines the rustic sustainability of an Earthship with sleek, clean lines and delightful design elements like this otherworldly bathroom wall.
If you somehow muster the courage to leave this spectacular, three-acre plot of expansive mesa landscape, this Airbnb is conveniently located closeby to breweries, art galleries, and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
The House on the Edge of Time, built in 1977 in Jerome, Arizona, could just as easily be located on an entirely different planet. This offbeat Airbnb is carved into the desert landscape and features a unique, art-deco-meets-desert style and a captivating stone and brick interior.
The eco-friendly house, kiva, and outdoor patio offer unbelievable views of the Arizona landscape from the luxurious pool, stone amphitheater, winding walkways, and charming skylights.