Out of all of the words you can use to describe the Mojave desert, ‘alien’ may be among the best. The high desert resembles images we see broadcasted from those lonely robots we shot off to Mars like few other places on Earth. It’s barren, open, and in its own way beautiful. For those who want to get out into the middle of nowhere to experience the desert in a unique way, artist Andrea Zittel has built the Wagon Station Encampment with a science fiction aesthetic.
Consisting of just 12 small cabins (maybe more appropriately described as pods) and a communal kitchen area, outdoor showers, and outhouses, the encampment manages to give a visitor as much of an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy a more solitary retreat. The pods are each really paired down – just a mattress, two shelves, an area for storing clothes, and a front hatch with a window for looking out at the desert sky. The encampment is made open to the public twice a year and can be reserved for $100 a week after filing a $20 application fee and being approved.