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Joshua Tree, California. Known as Mojave Rock Ranch, this one-bedroom house lies on 225 acres of desert land. The 1958 home has a wine cellar, decorative tiles, colored glass, built-in seating areas, and a historic jail cell.

Near the entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, the ranch borders untouched Bureau of Land Management property and includes a helipad and a heated pool with a spa. $4,500,000. Marc Lange, HOM/ Sotheby’s International Realty, (760) 537-2900.

Bar Harbor, Maine. This carriage house directly across from the main entrance to Acadia National Park underwent an award-winning renovation in 2014. The home is split into two units: The three-bedroom first level has a screened porch overlooking the ocean and an attached apartment.

The two-bedroom second level features original woodwork and an open kitchen and living room area. The property offers rights to a dock and oceanfront deck area. $1,200,000. Kimberly Swan, The Swan Agency/Sotheby’s International Realty, (207) 288-5818.

Dune Acres, Indiana. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is the setting of this four-bedroom contemporary home. House details include oversize windows with views of Lake Michigan, a two-story foyer with a spiral staircase, and a library leading to the master bedroom.

The 1.6-acre property comes with access to hiking and biking trails, a clubhouse, an ice rink, and tennis courts. $1,074,000. Rob Gow, Koenig Rubloff Realty Group, (269) 612-4104.

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Sylva, North Carolina. This three-bedroom house in the Balsam Mountain Preserve community is nestled within Great Smoky Mountains National Park and both the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The home features floor-to-ceiling windows, a large stone fireplace, a gourmet kitchen, and a glass-and-wood floating staircase.

An outdoor covered patio and a deck provide 180-degree views of the mountains. $2,650,000. Joe Dellinger, Balsam Mountain Real Estate Sales, (828) 631-1040.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. This three-bedroom Pueblo-style home sits near the base of Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument. Built in 2012, the house has two adobe fireplaces, fir vigas, a chef’s kitchen with three ovens, and a library with a kiva fireplace.

The 1.6-acre property includes a pool, a fire pit, an interior courtyard, and views of the mountains. $799,000. Elias Elizaldez, Exit Realty, (575) 915-2999.

Columbia Falls, Montana. This three-bedroom house is close to Glacier National Park. The 2003 Craftsman-style home has French doors, a fireplace, and a master suite on the first floor.

Set on the edge of a golf community, the property includes a patio and a privacy fence. $379,000. Barb Riley, PureWest Real Estate, (406) 253-7729.

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