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Age: 65+

Member since August 2016

Desert Fun Seekers

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We are easy going folks, like camping, sightseeing, starry nights, tinkering in the garage, museums, National and State Parks, reading, and the wide open spaces. Still working as we are self employed at home remodeling and repairs. Wife loves to cook and go Jeeping. We are members of 1000 Trails and Elks. Of course they never are where you need to camp to visit family. ;-)

Skills & Expertise to Share

General Contractor builder & wife is office whiz.

DesertStephen's Pets

Yes, one small Chihuahua

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Elks Lodges, American Girl Mine off Oligilby Road by Yuma, Quartzsite, any BLM land, rest areas or truck stops.

DesertStephen's Hometown

Johnson Valley, CA


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DesertStephen's Guest Details

DesertStephen's Rig

Rig Type: Class A

39 feet long

2000 Bounder 39Z, 39' diesel pusher, Honda Element toad

DesertStephen's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Prefers an electric hookup
  • Has slideouts

DesertStephen Has 1 Host Location

DesertStephen's Home Rancho

Johnson Valley, CA, US
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DesertStephen's References (46)

References from Guests (46)


June 2021

Beautiful desert location

Beautiful sunsets and easy access to this great location.
The hosts responded quickly and offered their help if we needed anything during our stay.
Plus we really appreciated the full hook ups during the triple digit temperatures
Thank you


June 2021

Lovely Spot

Host and spot could not have been better. Lovely oasis in the desert. Access is on an easy to navigate dirt road. Host have a perfect spot set up to accommodate overnight guests.


June 2021

Welcoming and helpful

Quiet and peaceful but close to Joshua Tree NP , Big Bear Lake and Palm Springs. Lots of other things to do in the area too. One tip, follow the hosts directions in.


May 2021

Great Stay!

Easy set up and parking, great location to get the best of both worlds in Joshua tree and Big bear. Hosts were very nice and had great communication!


April 2021

Great property to stay!

This is a great property to stay. They warned me of high winds advisory and offered a second night (which i gladly accepted due to difficulty i had on the interstate). She came and told me of the rocket launch that day which sometimes is visible, but there was clouds in the way, but i think i saw a flash! Anyway...i thought that was great for her to think of me. Thank you for the chance to visit you.


April 2021

Ring of mountains

Beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. Lonely and peaceful. We did not get to meet our hosts, who were away, but they were very helpful and communicative.


April 2021

Very helpful and left me alone

A nice place to stay, rest and think. It was quiet &comfortable. I could walk my dog and just look. I did not have much contact with the host, bit they were there if you needed something.


April 2021

Helpful host

We didnt get a chance to talk much, but host made sure we were parked and offered helpful tips via text. It was the perfect spit for us!
We're grateful for the stsy.


March 2021

Nice host, pull-through site in beautiful setting, great cell connection

Be sure to come up Joshua Tree Rd. which is one street South from what Google recommends. It is all dirt and sand so be prepared to go slowly.

Host communicated well and gave me a warm greeting. Love the expansive, mountainous views. Very quiet setting. I was pleased that Verizon tower was Close enough to give me four bars without even using a booster. Host said that the AT&T tower was also close.


March 2021

Quick stop over

Our host accepted our request to stay at the last minute. We were trying to stay ahead of severe winds. He met us at the gate, showed us where to pull-through park then let us set up. The site was a nice level gravel pad.
We were still trying to beat the wind so we pulled out just after sunup.


February 2021

Oasis in Desert

Desert Stephen is a great place to stay to visit the Yucca Valley. There is lots to see and do. The location is quite and relaxing. A wind storm came the day we were to leave and they contacted us to let us know and allowed us to wait it out. They even gave my son a monster hot wheel truck to play with. Very nice couple who we hope to meet again.


February 2021

Amazing host in a beautiful desert

So thankful to these hosts for opening up their property to us, we had such a great stay! These hosts went above and beyond to accommodate our needs and are so generous!! He gave us an awesome historical tour of the Mojave that we won’t forget. We will be back asap!


February 2021

In the Desert

I had a very relaxing stay. It was a pleasure meeting DesertSteven, he is a very friendly, engaging person. He helped me get situated In the parking area. I'm envious of the desert lifestyle. I look forward to staying there again. Thank you DesertSteven.


January 2021

Peaceful desert spot with beautiful views of the mountains and full hookups!

I think this spot may spoil boondocking for us as I’m not sure we’ll get it this good again! DesertStephen accepted our request at very short notice for the next day and was very flexible with arrival time. The property was just a short drive down a dirt road off the highway and there is a large hardpacked area with several level spots to park. We parked in one with full hookups including sewer meaning this is better than most campgrounds we’ve been to! It’s well water but we found it fine with our spigot filter and Brita. There’s great views of a valley and mountains on all sides and beautiful sunsets every night. There’s lots of off roading in the area and historical sites, DesertStephen took us to see local petroglyphs and old ranching ruins. Make sure you check out the local community garden too. Make sure you follow the hosts directions as Google maps took us down a back road that definitely wasn’t a great idea towing a trailer! The main dirt road is fine with just a very small hill at one point. Would highly recommend this spot to anyone!


January 2021

Such a rest!

DesertStephen was very gracious. We have hosted nearly 30 times but this was our first boondockers stay and was all and more than we anticipated! We requested the stay last minute and they accommodated us. Their spot was easy to access and the directions given perfect. “And as he said don’t follow google maps”! Thanks for the stay.


December 2020


Very nice couple. Beautiful view of the multi color sunsets & the valley.


October 2020

Quiet desert spot

Friendly and helpful host, Stephen has a really nice setup for boondockers. Very quiet area, great sunrise and sunset views.


July 2020

So Helpful and friendly!

We had an incredible stay with them! Steve helped us with our camper and showed us some great places in the area!


February 2020

Desert Oasis

The directions provided were easy to follow. I did miss the turn off the hi way as it came up on me quickly but no problem turning around on one of the next roads. The setting gives a great view of the desert and mountains. Easy in access to the fenced property with plenty of room to circle around to exit. We did not use any of the hookups that were graciously offered. Woke in the morning to watch several bunnies scampering around while having my morning coffee. The host greeted us when we arrived and had an opportunity to have a short conversation with the her husband as he was focused on his automotive project. We left early and did not have a chance to say thank you or goodbye but would not hesitate to stay here again if in the area.


December 2019


Thanks for going out of your way helping us get to your place.


December 2019

Amazing stay

This place was an amazing gem in the desert. The hists directions were perfect and easy to follow. The location itself is beautiful and has amazing views of the night sky.
Its also super close to joshua tree.
We were greeted upon arrival and ensured we had everything we needed.
Unfortunately we did not get to interact with our hosts much due to some appointments and health issues they needed to take care of but the interactions we did have they seemed like very nice people.
We will definitely try to stay again if qe are in the area again.


December 2019

Desert paradise

I only stayed one night on the Rancho but was greeted by the hosts and offered electric and told to make myself at home. Was given a warning about keeping an eye on the pets due to predators in the area, but hey, that’s desert life for you. Didn’t get a chance to get to know the hosts as I usually do because a windstorm was going on the entire time, not fun to sit around a fire drinking wine. Maybe next time?!?

Thanks again for being a BDW host!!


November 2019

Off Road Win

This was our first B.W. experience as guests. Our little motor home had no problem with the dirt road to the property. Our hosts were kind and welcoming. We were greatfull for the use of their utilities. The desert was so quiet and peacefull. We might never have seen that area if not for our hosts.


October 2019

Avery comfortable stay!

With full hookups (water, power, dump) we hardly felt like we we’re boondocking! What a gift of RV resources! Thank you to our lovely hosts for allowing us to stay on your beautiful property!


October 2019

Very accommodating host, and wonderful stay

Because of the strong gusting winds i was offered another day to wait out the wind. Thank you so much, my van is very affected by wind. I accepted with much appreciation. Enjoying another sunny warm quiet day to relax, nap and recuperate from the drive the previous day was just what I needed.


April 2019

Great stay!

They generously let us stay on their property and let us hook up! 10/10 would recommend


February 2019

Great stay !

Wonderful hosts, many great recommendations and even a ride to see the petroglyphs! We loved how quiet it was too. Thank you for having us.


February 2019

Great Hosts

As we pulled in, DesertStephen greeted us and directed us where to park. Even though we did not need them, he pointed out the hookups for power, water, and sewer. He along with his DW pointed our some of the things going on in their area, especially the King of Hammer races. Lastly, they very very graciously allowed us to store our trailer on their property for about a month. Great hosts!


January 2019

Erv & Heather

We missed the first night as my travel times were way off. But Steve booked us in for the following evening without hesitation. It was like regular campsite with everything at our doorstep. I would highly reccomend this Host.
Erv & Heather


December 2018

RVers delight

With power, water and sewer hookup, we were about as comfortable as could be here. Great host and we appreciate such amenities while traveling from A to B. Be sure to follow directions as the road going in is dirt washboard with a short steep hill..a bit intimidating for us newbie RVers but definitely doable in our 28 foot motorhome.


November 2018

On the way to Joshua Tree.

We had a very quiet and safe night while traveling to Joshua Tree National Park. They are very close to the north west entrance. Thanks for helping us find you!


November 2018

Desert vista

Had a quiet and restful stay here, our hosts offered a hook up, and dump.
Very interesting location at the end of a sandy desert road.
Certainly recommended!


November 2018

Great people!

Very nice people that were very accommodating! Thankful for their generosity and recommendations.


November 2018

Truly wonderful and accommodating hosts!

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and every conversation I had with them. I immediately felt right at home and learned so much over the course of my stay! From food and recreation to fix-up-your-RV shops, they have the best recommendations. I'm looking forward to passing through this area again to catch up on adventures had!


November 2018

Beautiful Sunrise

Host provided great driving directions and had no issues finding the location in the dark. Woke up to a beautiful desert sunrise. Perfect way to start a trip.


August 2018

Convenient spot, friendly folks

We stayed just one night en route to Texas. Our hosts welcomed us warmly and gave us many tips, though our timeline didn't allow us to take advantage of all their great ideas. Thanks to a rare monsoon shower the heat wasn't too intense, and we enjoyed the landscape and sunset immensely. We hope we can return the favor, and that we meet again!


May 2018

Great place, Great hosts ! BW at its best !

We wanted to stay 3 nights at Stephen and Patty's place but since I was in the middle of a product launch for my online business and I had barely no signal from TMobile, we had to cut it to one night.
The place is REALLY beautiful, a real piece of paradise in the middle of the desert!
Stephen and Patty are 2 really nice hosts. Kind of host that you feel comfortable the second you meet them.
You can't ask more from BW : Awesome host and place, full hookups, peaceful, secure, lot of space.
Really a place we would like to go back, when I won't be working ! ;)


April 2018

Quiet & Peaceful

These fine folks provided, ample room to park our RV complete with hookups, suggestions on local sights complete with a map, expansive view of the valley, quiet surroundings, Jeep ride to view local petroglyphs and RV jawing. What more could you ask for? We truly enjoyed our desert experience at their place! Thank you DesertStephen!


April 2018

Awesome time

Steve and Patty are great people with full hookups that are better than most parks we have stayed at on our journey from Ohio.
Who else loans a DVD to someone just because it wasn't due back ?
Highly recommended for anything ranging from tent camper to 40 ft class A.


March 2018

Hospitable, accommodating and helpful too

This was our first BW stay and we weren’t sure what to expect. Stephen and Patty responded quickly to our last-minute request. Stephen had moved vehicles around to ensure we had space, and provided everything we could need (power, water, dump). They shared some very helpful local information and were great hosts. Thanks so much!


March 2018

Cool spot

Patty was very nice. Would stay again!


November 2017

The Oasis in the Desert

If you want to meet some of the most gracious, and generous people on the planet, stop in at DesertStephens in Landers. When we originally stopped here, we only planned on staying one night. But, after one night, we couldn't leave. These guys were the best. They even asked us to stay and celebrate Thanksgiving with them. We were truly spoiled, and made a new friendship with these hosts. They took us for a ride in their rig as well, and showed us what the A class life is like. They know all the secrets, and places to go, and we can't wait to stop by again, and see what's new. Don't skip Landers, you'll miss out on some great sunsets, star gazing, and hosts. These guys are one of the reasons that the RV community has such a good name.

German Family

May 2017

Very helpful Hosts

We stayed here one night on our way back from Joshua Tree. Stephen´s wife was really helpful and got us everything we needed for our stay. We only met Stephen very early in the morning before we left. Overall a very kind couple and a very nice stay.


March 2017

Fun in the high desert!

Our hosts were very friendly and welcoming! The spot was level, fit our 41 foot fifth wheel easily, and even had hook ups!
On Saturday our hosts took us to a few places in the desert that we would have never found without them. Petroglyphs. A HUGE bolder. We had a great time and hopefully will get a chance to stay here again.

A big thanks to our hosts!


November 2016

Wonderful hosts, so generous, so warm

We had a fantastic time staying with DesertStephen and his wife and seeing the local area with them! It was hard to leave in the end and we hope to stay in touch. DS was super generous in lending me tools and sharing wisdom to do a few repairs and improvements on the old van mobile. If you are in Yucca Valley be sure to stop by Jelly Donut late afternoon/early evening and see what their mysterious box of pink donuts are selling for. I paid $4.75 for easily a dozen donuts. It goes down every hour by a dollar! You'd be a fool not to buy them at any price!

Enough jokes. Can't recommend DS & Co. enough. They are truly wonderful folk and you should stop by Landers to hang out with them. Or host them if they inquire!


October 2016

very good stop for us

Steve was a wealth of experience his wife a charm.. our trip to Joshua free excellent also!