The SpaceThe home is nestled amongst a magical desert landscape; not least as it is within the largest Joshua forest there is. Its slightly higher altitude means a more engaging and interesting flora and fauna. Experience the warm desert nights by the campfire, under the clear skies enjoying vistas of the Milky Way. In the morning enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views while the desert quail and other birdlife make busy providing a surprisingly full morning chorus.
It is important to note that the house is in a remote and very rural setting. The location may not be to everyones taste but equally its uniqueness will really appeal to others. Access can be a little tricky for smaller vehicles at certain times (see 'Directions' for more info).
The house itself is a cozy, well presented, clean and newly refurbished block built two bedroom home sitting on a 2 acre lot. It comprises a spacious and well equipped kitchen, an open plan living room and dining area, one bathroom (bath and shower) and two bedrooms. The living room has a sofa bed with the main sleeping arrangement being two comfortable queen beds in the two bedrooms.
The house has WiFi Internet and a 40” Smart TV (with complimentary Netflix). Guest AccessAccess is to the whole property including the house and yard, with the exception of the Garage. Please note there is no fence around the lot and so extra care and diligence is required for children and pets who should not be left unacompanied outside.
The BBQ is currently out of order but a fire pit is available for (sensible) use; please request the fire wood before your arrival. Interaction with GuestsThe house is setup so that you do not need to interact with us at all - access is via a key box and so you may check in any time you like at your convenience. I will be available in town, if I am away I have a solid network of good folk (and co-hosts) who will be available to help. The NeighborhoodDolan Springs is a rural, sleepy and eclectic desert town in Mohave County, Arizona. The town of Dolan Springs is not a destination in itself, though provides for the basics with two grocery stores (inc. a Family Dollar), a gas station, post office, a cafe, a few other small commercial endeavours as well as an American Legion and VFW Outpost. There is a small trail for hikers just outside of the town.
The main road through Dolan Springs, Pierce Ferry Road, provides exclusive access to the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk and South Cove boat launch – a beach area of Lake Mead, America's largest man-made lake, popular for fishing and other recreational watersports activities.
Dolan also sits amidst the worlds largest Joshua Tree Forest.
The location of this house is a few miles out of town in the direction of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The house is amongst a small collection of private residences which are surrounded by BLM desert lands; remote and secluded. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation in or to Dolan Springs.
Access is easy with a vehicle; driving times are from Las Vegas (1h 20m), Grand Canyon West and Skywalk (50min), Kingman (35min), Laughlin (1hr), Bullhead City (1hr 5m) and Lake Havasu (1hr 30m). Other Things to NotePLEASE NOTE that access to the property is down an unpaved and sometimes rough road. In all but a few rare cases, vehicle access is no issue. The county regularly maintains the road and so it is always kept in a usable state. Occasionally, especially during the monsoon season (Late July through August) the roads can get washed out in flash floods, making access quite tricky in small vehicles with low clearance. Any wash damage is usually repaired the same or the next day by the county. Having made that caveat, our front wheel drive Honda civic gets in and out just fine on a daily basis.
At a personal level, it is important to be aware the desert is a hard and unforgiving place; it is easy to become complacent given the comfort and serenity of the home and location. This means: never wander off into the desert alone, always have plenty of water available and wear closed shoes and sun protection. Keep an eye out for dangerous wild life (snakes, spiders and scorpions and painful cactus spines).
Children and pets should be supervised while outside.