California Desert Camping Leveled Up

May 4, 2022
Categories: Camping
Tags: Lodging

Homewood Cabins


Whether you're on your own, with a small group, or with a big group, Homewood Cabins is an excellent, off-road friendly, and little-known place to stay in California's Searles Valley.  The location, in Homewood Canyon, is perfect for a stay on your way into or out of Death Valley, Panamint Valley, or while exploring the desert trails around Trona and Ridgecrest, California.

What Homewood offers isn't just camping and isn't quite a hotel.  The setup here is different, but it works.  It works well. 


The property is clean, well shaded, and includes plenty of parking for off-road toys, trailers, rock crawlers, and tow rigs. 

A "cabin" here is small, and it's not much more than a place to sleep; two single beds, two windows, a heater/ ac unit, and a locking door.  But that's not a bad thing.  It turns out that's a really cool thing. 
This place is designed to utilize shared spaces outside of the cabins, creating a small friendly community atmosphere for the guests during their stay.  It might remind you of summer camp as a kid. 

If you’re here on a busy weekend, you’ll get to meet incredible people.  If you’re here during a slow time, you’ll get all that space to yourself.  You can’t go wrong either way.
The 10 cabins and dry camping at Homewood Cabins share a common, covered outdoor kitchen area with sinks, a large gas grill, plenty of counter space, a seating area, and a fireplace. Across the way from there are the restrooms and hot showers to wash off the day's trail dust.  A short walk down the palm tree-lined path is a BYOB and serve yourself indoor/outdoor saloon with a bar, tables, and refrigerator that you’re free to use as you like during your stay. 
Surrounding the cabins and the common areas is parking for all your off-road toys.
Beyond the Cabins and the Canyon are endless trails to explore. Just a few to check out are:
  1. Isham Canyon
  2. Trona Pinnacles
  3. Pleasant Canyon Loop
  4. Goler Wash
I’ve stayed here twice now and I’m looking forward to going back. The setup is just right and in the perfect location for a few days or more of off-road desert fun. 
You can find more on Homewood Cabins on their website or on Facebook
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Greg M
Greg (gm4x4 on Youtube) is a California native, born and raised in northern California and now living and wheeling in southern California. He enjoys exploring new trails and setting up camp in the remote outdoors. You may cross paths with Greg in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the mountains of Big Bear, in the central Sierras near Shaver Lake, or any other dirty, rocky road in the southwest.

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