Starland Retreat Center and Campground

Phone : 760-364-2069

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Joshua Tree, California

City :  Joshua Tree

State :  California

Country :  United States

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Campground Description

Starland Community is located in a rural neighborhood, on a desert bluff, surrounded by mountains and canyons. We welcome adults from all walks of life. We are gay inclusive, and honor both male and female visitors. Starland is a clothing-optional camp--wear as much or as little as you desire!

Starland is a campground/retreat center located in a Southern California high desert setting near Joshua Tree. It is run by a resident and non-resident community. ​

Our facilities are available for group retreats, workshops or other events as well as for individual visitors. We are located on 10 scenic and private acres. Facilities include a 27’X36′ assembly hall, a lodge house with a kitchen, dining room, lounge, sleeping room and rest rooms, a large outdoor dining patio, a hot tub, labyrinth, shower building, dome, hiking trails, several cabins and trailers and ample space for tents and RV’s. Most of the property could be clothing-optional. For larger events, the adjoining property can be available, which consists of a large 2 bedroom 2 bath house on 3 acres with full RV hookups and a 600 square foot garage which can be used as an additional activity space. We are ideal for events with 20-50 participants.

We serve as a Southern California home base for Network for a New Culture, Radical Faeries, Burning Man and other groups and organizations. We are affiliated with the Shadow Mountain Cohousing community in nearby Joshua Tree.

  • Ian & Denis Jun 11 2017 Reply

    We were among the first RVers to use Starland’s newly developed sites, and the first gay RVers to stay there. Starland is at the end of Hopi Trail road, about 3 km west of Landers. The two permanent residents, both gay/bi, are welcoming and give you all the privacy you might want. We were the only RV’s at Starland and our site afforded a stellar view over the town of Landers, all the way to the mountains beyond. Watching the shadows lengthen at the end of the day towards the mountains in the distance was magical, the quiet at night was a delight. Hiking in the immediate area is limited and not that exciting, but Starland is only 15 min from Joshua Valley, and about 30 min from Joshua Tree National Park. We spent 3 nights at Starland, left, then returned a few weeks later to spend another 3 nights, so obviously we enjoyed the location. Unfortunately, there are some significant ‘cons’ which future guests might want to consider. Starland has created a total of 4 RV sites very, very close together. One of the four sites faces a tree. One of the other sites would have a view only of the other RV’s parked in front of it. Trying to park anything longer than 25 feet might entail some significant difficulties with parking, though I could of course be wrong. Wifi is free, but you’ll have to go to the common area to get a signal. Cell reception was, for us, one bar, which makes iffy connections. Keep in mind that this is a place to get away, not surf the net. The showers are clean, the hot tub maintained. The common space buildings are very, very basic and dated. At $45/night, combined with the $10 membership fee, the prices are steep for what is provided especially if asked to pay $5/person for hot tub use (which they didn’t charge us for during our visit). This is, after all, a RV park in the middle of absolutely nowhere with nothing really to offer other than the view. Despite this, because it is so rare to have a chance to park a RV in a place which allows such quiet and views, we elected to return for those 3 extra nights after the first visit. Starland asks for 50% payment via Paypall before accepting guests. Perhaps they will change this policy over time, realizing that asking for money, sight unseen, may scare off potential customers. Who might consider staying at Starland? Gay men/women looking for a quiet place with magnificent views. Because only 2 of the 4 sites offer great views, however, I would recommend asking first if others sites are booked at the same time. Being crowded between rigs right next door, or getting one of the sites without any views could completely destroy the sense of peacefulness and make one wonder why one's there.

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