The Mojave Desert isn't the kind of place you just 'wander around' in. Sure, in other parts of the country, travelers can afford to do a little hotel hopping before they settle on their lodging of choice. Here, you have to be a little more intentional. Which isn't to say that the Integratron doesn't receive drop-in guests (it does, and we were one of them), but when you plan to spend the night there, be sure to call ahead.
The Integratron is built on top of an energy hub, where the earth's magnetic fields are physically heightened. During public "sound baths" ($10), visitors can experience the effects of crystal singing bowls as they are augmented by the structure's perfect dome shape. Sound crazy? You have to try it before you knock it. After our visit, not only did we leave feeling ten times more relaxed, but we couldn't believe how many others (at least fifty) had flocked to the site to get the same experience.
The site is relatively contained. The main structure, obviously, is the dome. But around it are: a large campfire, a hammock "village," an "outpost lounge," a kitchen, two BBQ grills, wi-fi, a visitor's center, and a 10-inch telescope. What else could you need? Well, some guaranteed extraterrestrial communication would be nice; but we're not sure how aliens feel about slumber parties. So we won't hold our breath.
According to the Integratron's website:
"There are 2 floors in the Integratron. The first floor contains archival information, photo library and reference library, surrounding a comfortable living room. The sofas can be used for overnight sleeping or napping. A small refrigerator, 6’ tables and chairs are available if needed. The second floor of the building is the Sound Chamber.
The Integratron building can sleep approximately 50 people (slumber party style). Bring your own bedding, pads, etc. Outdoor camping space is abundant and secure behind chain-link fences and a locked gate. There are many great spots to pitch a tent, or you can sleep under the stars in the outdoor living room or in the Hammock Village. Nighttime skies are spectacular with no interruption of city lights for stargazing with our 10-inch telescope."
Weekend rentals include a $350 non-refundable deposit, and rates vary depending on the size of the group; a minimum of five people at $70 per person, is required. To book, send an email or call 760-364-3126.