Thunderbird Lodge Retreat is a rustic wedding venue located in Yucca Valley, California. Featuring panoramic vistas of the surrounding desert, the venue is nestled close to the Covington Flats entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. This destination serves as a secluded sanctuary for couples celebrating their love and commitment. Owner Lori Portillo and Events Manager Mari Loth is delighted to work with guests to assist with coordinating their special day in the Mojave Desert.
Facilities and Capacity
Thunderbird Lodge Retreat boasts a selection of rental cabins, as well as indoor and outdoor event spaces. Soon-to-be newlyweds can host celebrations of up to 125 guests outdoors, while intimate interior spaces are ideal for small gatherings. Couples can rent multiple cabins to use the shared outdoor areas for their wedding while accommodating overnight guests. Each house sits on several acres of land with the largest boasting 22 acres.
This venue offers a private desert oasis that is ideal for romantic weddings while ensuring guests’ comfort throughout the event. The cabins are equipped with modern amenities like WiFi and climate control for hot days and cold nights. Outdoor facilities include private fireplaces and barbecues, as well as spacious yards that can accommodate rental equipment, tables, and other items. Lori has hosted numerous couples’ weddings here and can provide vendor recommendations if necessary.
Thunderbird Lodge Retreat features seven separate cabins that can accommodate up to six guests. Engaged couples and their guests can rent cabins for a wedding weekend, and they also serve as get-ready suites for the wedding party. Each cabin boasts a full bathroom and kitchen for guests’ convenience. The venue is pet friendly and invites couples to include their furry friends as part of their special day. Lori has lovingly decorated the houses using recycled and repurposed materials, adding a unique charm to each space.
The retreat is conveniently located 10 minutes from Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. Additionally, Joshua Tree National Park is accessible via the nearby Covington Flats entrance, and the west entrance is only a 20-minute drive away. The retreat is a 45-minute drive from Palm Springs, making it a close yet private wedding destination. Various hiking, sightseeing, and other activities are also close to the cabins.
2 Reviews for Thunderbird Lodge Retreat
Recommended by 100% of couples
4 User photos
Sarah Y. · Married on 10/09/2020
Very relaxing and tranquil location
Great lil hideaway to say I Do! It has all the right location amenities and quite essential needs of Joshua Tree! I loved the locationSent on 04/22/2021
Thunderbird Lodge Retreat's reply:Thank you Sarah! We hope to see you again soon! It was a pleasure hosting you! Next time bring your sweet little Gambit!
Ashley L. · Married on 06/22/2016
Excellent Venue Great for Weddings and Boudoir!
I had the pleasure of working with Lori multiple times. I am a boudoir photographer in the high desert and have had my clients stay at her beautiful cabins! Gorgeous views and dog friendly! I have also captured weddings at her awesome ranch house saloon! The evening skies are killer here!Sent on 04/22/2021
Thunderbird Lodge Retreat's reply:We love having you capture the events here! Thank you for always providing quality images for our guests and sharing them with us!
Team of Thunderbird Lodge Retreat
Mari Loth, is a our events manager here at Thunderbird Lodge Retreat. She is also a local Wedding/Boudoir Photographer in Joshua Tree and has worked in the industry for over 10 years. She uses her expertise in photography and planning to help create the fun and exciting events at Thunderbird Lodge Retreat has to offer!