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Smoke Tree Ranch

Small Hotels & Inns Architecture: Historic
Locally Owned


Smoke Tree Ranch is located on a gently rising alluvial fan, created and landscaped by nature, and sheltered by the guardian San Jacinto Mountains. The Ranch is blessed with irreplaceable desert shrubs, Smoke Trees, and breathtaking acreage touched by undisturbed wildflowers.


Fred and Maziebelle Markham bought a shaky venture in 1936 and quietly transformed it into a materialized dream. Envisioned was a place where, free from pressures, like-minded people, with their families, could enjoy the desert. They did not seek any publicity and no effort was made to impress.

It has always had a Western theme. Cowboys would join in the square dances called by the Ranch Foreman. Western singers, who lived on the Ranch, were ready with guitars at hand to add to festivities.

Of the approximately 400 acres of Ranch land, 300+ acres are reserved for the Colony and 20 acres for the Guest Ranch. A part of the remaining acreage, acting as a buffer strip along East Palm Canyon Drive, is leased for the Smoke Tree Village and Smoke Tree Commons shopping centers. At the opposite end of the Ranch, land is leased for the stables.

Smoke Tree Ranch Cottages

There are 49 cottages that can be rented at Smoke Tree Ranch. Sized range from a Studio Cottage to a Family Unit Cottage with multiple bedrooms.

All of our 49 cottages provide guests with flat-panel television, wet bar, refrigerator, coffee maker, cozy down pillows, deluxe down comforter and blanket, luxurious bathroom with separate tub and shower, plantation shutters, telephone with voicemail, private patio, and complimentary in-room WiFi. Most cottages have carports and wood-burning fireplaces, while all have convenient, complimentary parking. Cottages offer breathtaking desert and mountain views.

The focal point of Smoke Tree Ranch is the Guest Ranch. All facilities including the Ranch House, Dining Room, Kiva, Disney Hall, swimming pool, bowling green, and tennis courts serve both Colonists and Guests. Programs, parties, and activities are planned with both groups in mind.

Smoke Tree Ranch Meal Plan

Smoke Tree Ranch cottages are traditionally sold with a Full American Meal plan, which includes three full meals per day in the Ranch House Dining Room.

Nestled among acres of open desert, the Ranch House Dining Room and Lounge are at the heart of the Ranch. The Dining Room is furnished with Old Hickory chairs, enhanced with windowed doors that open the dining room’s indoor “porch” to gentle desert breezes, the croquet lawn, and the magnificent views beyond. The solid beam dining room ceiling is enhanced with tongue-and-groove construction, while the lounge is perfect for relaxing next to the cozy fireplace after dinner. Relaxed outdoor dining beside a rock fire pit also allows guests to enjoy the desert setting.

The meal plan begins with dinner on day of check in, followed by breakfast and lunch the following day. The meal plan package includes all gratuities.

smoke tree Dining Room

Our Silver Clothespin Bar offers a great opportunity to mingle with Colonists and Smoke Tree Ranch Guests, while enjoying premium cocktails in the cozy Ranch House Lounge or next to the fireplace on the outdoor patio. Your favorite premium cocktails and wines are also available with meals in the Ranch House Dining Room.


Smoke Tree is truly a unique location with upscale rustic charm and some of the most beautiful desert landscaping and mountain views in all of the Coachella Valley. It provides an opportunity to create a truly magical and memorable wedding weekend experience for you, your family, and friends!

Our beautiful desert atmosphere, coupled with your own personal style, will combine to create your perfect wedding. Options for your reception include customized hors d’oeuvres packages, plated dinner or buffet-style service, and hosted bar. Our staff is available to help customize your menus and service style to fulfill your desires for a perfect dining experience. Our staff is also available to assist with rehearsal dinner, welcome reception, games and activities, farewell brunch, etc.

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  • Airport Transportation
  • Bikes
  • Breakfast Included
  • Family Friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gift Shop
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Hot Tub
  • Meeting/Event Space
  • Refrigerator in Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Facility
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis

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Smoke Tree Ranch

Locally Owned