Situated close to Joshua Tree National Park, the little town of Pioneertown, California only has a post office and the famous music venue/restaurant, Pappy and Harriet's. Founded by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers in 1946, Pioneertown is filled with western television and movie sets.
The Pioneertown Big Horn Ranch has new owners, a new face and a new name - Stargazing Desert Retreat. Former Manhattanites Hugh Glenn and Yves Kamioner are enamored with the High Desert.
"We have taken a traditional western ranch complete with church, saloon, caboose, and teepee and transformed it into a hip destination for hiking, star gazing, meditation, and miles of sublime views of the adjacent 25,000 acre Pioneertown Mountain Preserve," says Glenn.
"Our goal with this property is to bring our guests an awareness of the history and delicate balance of the ecosystem of the desert. The desert is a blank page and it gives artists the permission to be free and creative. We want our guests to come and play and discover the wonders of the desert," says Kamioner, whose vision inspired the transformation of the ranch.
"As far as the eye can see, this is nature at its best," says Glenn who lived in New York City for over 35 years.