Wonder Valley Jackrabbit Homesteads
This parched, and seemingly isolated, abandoned community of the Wonder Valley Jackrabbit Homesteads lies east of Joshua Tree Tree National Park, and south of Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness Area. On our initial jaunt out to Wonder Valley, we were only able to survey online as to where we’d be stopping. There were no specifics (GPS coordinates, streets or landmarks). Our only
Taking shelter inside or camping adjacent to abandoned properties didn’t feel right, and we proved this to ourselves early during our first trek. One picture-perfect property we drove up on beamed; with charred exterior, burned out roof, tinder window frames and littered with barren appliances. As we excitedly unpacked the 4Runner and gathered our gear, a man exited the interiors to make his presence known. He was soaked in soot, shirtless, wielding a shillelagh (which was actually a long cut of a garden hose) in one hand, and a phone in the other. He made it known that this was his homestead…for the time being.