Spring is probably the most popular time to visit the desert, though that is said without quantifiable data. Winter has loosened its grip, wildflowers, at least in some deserts, bloom in fantastic riots of color. But don’t overlook fall. Soaring temperatures lose their edge, there is a sharp knife of coolness in the evening, waiting to descend once the heat of day recedes. A lower sun casts longer shadows and sunsets can be spectacular. Joshua Tree, California, and the surrounding desert lands beckon in October.

As does this slightly scruffy, but chic geodesic dome house. These houses are something of a genre in desert country, and this is a particularly welcoming example. Cozy, with two bedrooms, a bathroom, tidy kitchen, and a wood-burning stove for chilly desert nights. Joshua Tree National Park is a short drive, a medium distance bike ride, or a long hike. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is close, Big Bear Lake not terribly far. There is no shortage, in other words, of adventurous opportunities nearby.

For about $150 per night, this little dome can be yours. Some desert exploration or even just slack-jawed staring at starry skies, or both, sound lovely this fall season.

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