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. 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.
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 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’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.
Outlets? They’ve got outlets.
Games? They’ve got games.
Oh, and If you need to drain your lizard…
…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…
…or choose “The Integratrailor” which is a little off the wall.
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.
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.
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.
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 jail themed bathroom in “The Sideshow” was awesome…
…and so was the personal mini-Zultan fortune teller.
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.
It’s an awesome course…
…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 Hicksville Library.
Hipster terrorist alert?
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.
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.
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” 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!
Hicksville Trailer Palace & Artist Retreat ended up being the perfect place to celebrate our birthdays. Thanks Hicksville!