Getting cocky at Hicksville Trailer Palace and Artist Retreat in Joshua Tree, CA.

When Hicksville first opened five years ago, I attempted to have one of my Cocky (year of the Rooster/Cock) birthday events there but it didn't work out.

When Hicksville first opened five years ago, I attempted to have one of my Cocky (year of the Rooster/Cock) birthday events there but it didn’t work out. As my birthday approached this year I thought it was time to finally go check it out.

It ended up being the perfect place to celebrate.

It ended up being the perfect place to celebrate.

Hicksville has nine themed trailers to choose from including a Zombie Apocalyptic themed homestead that allows guests access to the Hicksville grounds and a Tiki themed house near Pappy & Harriet's that doesn't.

Hicksville has nine themed trailers to choose from including a Zombie Apocalyptic themed homestead that allows guests access to the Hicksville grounds and a Tiki themed house near Pappy & Harriet’s that doesn’t.

It's located about five miles north of Joshua Tree. You won't find their address online but once you make your reservation, you’ll be given specific instructions on how to get here.

It’s located about five miles north of Joshua Tree but you won’t find their address anywhere online. You’ll be given specific instructions on how to get there once you make your reservation.

The first thing you learn is that they take their privacy extremely seriously. You are warned before booking and again before your arrival "To not use foursquare, facebook places, or Instagram geotagging while on the property (ie anything that puts our location on a map.) If you do, it will be your last visit."

The first thing you’ll notice is that they take their privacy extremely seriously. You are warned before booking and again before your arrival “To not use foursquare, facebook places, or Instagram geotagging while on the property (ie anything that puts our location on a map.) If you do, it will be your last visit.”

After a quick little tour of the grounds, you're free to explore and experience everything that Hicksville has to offer.

After a quick little tour of the grounds, you’re free to explore and experience everything that Hicksville has to offer.

Outlets? They've got outlets.

Outlets? They’ve got outlets.

Games? They've got games.

Games? They’ve got games.

Oh, and If you need to drain your lizard...

Oh, and If you need to drain your lizard…

...just open this door.

…well you can do that here.

Now how about those trailers? You can rent out "The Pony" who's kept in her own covered stall...

Now how about those trailers? You can rent out “The Pony” who’s kept in her own covered stall…

...or choose "The Integratrailor" which is a little off the wall.

…or choose “The Integratrailor” which is a little off the wall.

If you love the 70's, you could rent "The Sweet"...

If you love the 70’s, you could rent “The Sweet”…

...or if you're into the Big Top, "The Pee Wee" is kind of neat.

…or if you’re into the Big Top, “The Pee Wee” is kind of neat.

Hicksville was built by writer and director Morgan Higby Night in 2010.

Hicksville was built by writer and director Morgan Higby Night in 2010.

A native of Los Angeles, Morgan’s passion for film keeps him in the city but he eventually realized he needed to find another place where he could go to seek refuge from the pressures of city life.

A native of Los Angeles, Morgan’s passion for film keeps him in the city but he eventually realized he needed to find another place where he could go to seek refuge from the pressures of city life.

In 2009, he discovered a house for sale with a very large living room and two small bedrooms sitting on 2 acres of land. He ended up buying it and turned the living room into a top-of-the-line recording studio, and converted the grounds into a place of refuge for his creative needs and those of other artists.

In 2009, he found that place in Joshua Tree and bought a house sitting on 2 acres of land which would eventually become Hicksville Trailer Palace & Artist Retreat. “It was important to me to create a place where creative people could come and feel safe and understood.”

My fellow Sagittariun brother, who was celebrating his birthday with me, decided to stay in "The New World." Named after Roger Corman's studio, this 40 foot original 1950's trailer comes with it's own full bath, queen bedroom, flat screen TV w/DVD & DirectTV, full kitchen and bunk beds that can also be converted into an edit suite.

My fellow Sagittariun brother, who was celebrating his birthday with me, decided to stay in “The New World.” Named after Roger Corman’s studio, this 40 foot original 1950’s trailer comes with it’s own full bath, queen bedroom, flat screen TV w/DVD & DirectTV, full kitchen and bunk beds that can also be converted into an edit suite.

 Darby and I, on the other hand, chose to stay in the circus themed caboose known as "The Sideshow."

I, on the other hand, chose to stay in the circus themed caboose known as “The Sideshow.”

"The Sideshow" and "The New World" are the largest of the 9 trailers and are the only ones that come with full kitchens and baths.

“The Sideshow” and “The New World” are the largest of the 9 trailers and are the only ones that come with full kitchens and baths. 

The jail themed bathroom in "The Sideshow" was awesome.

The jail themed bathroom in “The Sideshow” was awesome…

It also came with a personal mini-Zultan fortune teller.

…and so was the personal mini-Zultan fortune teller.

 

Mini golf is the only amenity that will cost you extra.

Once you’re in Hicksville, there’s no reason to leave. Mini golf is the only amenity that will cost you extra, but that will only set you back $10 per person/per stay (not day).

The course is only open from dawn to dusk, so make sure you get a game in before the sun goes down.

The course is only open from dawn to dusk, so make sure you get a game in before the sun goes down.

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It's an awesome course...

It’s an awesome course…

...with each of the 9 holes named after one of the 9 trailers.

…with each of the 9 holes named after one of the 9 trailers.

If golf isn't your thing, you can always go check out a book at the...

If golf isn’t your thing, you can always go check out a book at the Hicksville Library.

Hipster Terrorist Alert

Hipster terrorist alert?

 There's also an archery & BB gun range.


No, its just the onsite archery & BB gun range.

Dogs are only an extra $25 and while they are free to use "Fort Dog" almost all the dogs that were there during our trip were free range. All they ask is that you don't leave your dog alone in your trailer.

Dogs are only an extra $25 and while they are free to use “Fort Dog” almost all the dogs that were there during our trip were free range. All they ask is that you don’t leave your dog alone in your trailer.

The earliest check-in time is at 2pm, so make sure you get there early enough in order to enjoy the day and catch the sunset.

The earliest check-in time is at 2pm, so make sure you get there early enough in order to enjoy the day and catch the sunset.

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As the night fell, we were all ready to get our freak on and headed over to our new friends that we met who were staying in "The Fifi".

As night fell, we were all ready to get our freak on and headed over to “The Fifi” to meet up with our new friends we met earlier in the day.

 "The Fifi" trailer has been described as "being inside a genie bottle", and was designed by Ryan and Marci Hessling of Fifi Mahony's wig store in New Orleans. Fortunately we met the two lovely ladies that were staying inside and they were having a wig party of their own.

“The Fifi” has been described as “being inside a genie bottle”, and was designed by Ryan and Marci Hessling of Fifi Mahony’s wig store in New Orleans. Let the wig party begin!

Let the wig party begin!

Hicksville Trailer Palace & Artist Retreat ended up being the perfect place to celebrate our birthdays. Thanks Hicksville!