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Telephoto Florida (TPF) is blessed to be able to travel the state of Florida. Sometimes we take it for granted, passing the same landmarks time and time again, saying to ourselves “Self - we have to stop in there some time” and we never do.

Such is the case with abandoned looking Desert Inn at Yeehaw Junction. Thankfully we listened to our inner self and actually made the stop. Thankfully too, we were hungry and the sign said “try the burger” so we did.

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The Desert Inn at Yeehaw Junction

Yeehaw Junction sits at the intersections US 441/SR 15, SR 60 and Florida's Turnpike (SR 91) south of Orlando and west of Vero Beach. History tells that the town’s original name was "Jackass Junction" or "Jackass Crossing". Cowboys and Indians, travelers and cattlemen all frequented The Desert Inn in the 20’s and 30’s, the only watering hole (and brothel) in the area.

Admittedly, The Desert Inn is not for the faint of heart. It wears its past on its sleeve and it feels its age. Everything has a feel of faded worn grease and wax. The current Desert Inn seems trapped in a lost time, caught between a wild west past and an after-thought present.

In short, The Desert Inn is a fabulous living example of Old Florida. Would we sleep here? Not a chance. Would we advise you stop if you find yourself on the Turnpike or birding Joe Overstreet? Absolutely. And yes, I do recommend the burger.

We love this Trip Advisor Comment:  

Room Tip: We did not stay the night. No pool...no fitness center

Read another take on  The Desert Inn History HERE

Go to The Desert Inn website HERE