This past spring, my husband and I spent a week road-tripping with our kids from Zion National Park to Palm Springs, with stops in Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert along the way. Pioneertown—an Old West movie set located 125 miles from Los Angeles and founded in 1946 by Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and other Hollywood legends—made our potential pit-stop list, but we ultimately skipped it. By that portion of our trip, we had become singularly focused on breaking out of our four-wheeled prison as quickly as possible and planting ourselves poolside at our Palm Springs hotel.
I wish we hadn’t. Julie recently told me about the Pioneertown Motel, just across from the movie set, where Tinseltown’s finest would stay when shooting on location. It was renovated by two brothers, Matt and Mike French, and reopened in 2016. Since then, it’s blossomed into a mecca for creatives looking to unwind and unplug, all against an otherworldly desert backdrop.
Have a look.
Photography courtesy of Pioneertown Motel.
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