The Blue Sky Center is a innovative rural community design and development organization located just outside the small high-desert townsite of New Cuyama, CA.
Please take a moment to read through the description of our Shelter Circle so that you can choose which Shelter best fits your needs. Also, it's important to note that, at this time, we cannot host walk-in guests. It is necessary to make a reservation or at the very least contact us to make arrangements for your stay. We'd love to have you but need to know you're coming!
Our four Shelton designed shelters offer our most inclusive camping experience. Furnished with beds, furniture, linens, lighting, and electrical outlets, you're sure to be comfortable in your one of a kind hut. Circled around the main fire ring and adjacent to Khalili Cantina, you'll have opportunity for community with fellow campers, to relax in the cantina, or in our numerous hammocks around the property. Our two Original Nomad hot tubs are right outside your door and can be rented-by prior arrangement-with your host so that we have one ready for your stay.
**March 2017 Update: We've added canvas curtains to the entryway of each hut! Guests now have a bit of privacy when it's called for**
Shelter 1, the Pope, offers a single bed.
Shelter 2, the Quonset, offers two single beds.
Shelter 3, the Gypsy, has single bunk beds.
Shelter 4, the Gable, offers a double bed.
Shelter, 5, the Snail, offers a double bed.
There is floor space in each shelter to set up your cot or a couple sleeping bags for kids. You make the call as to how many people each hut will accommodate but the max that is possible is four at the very most.
You're welcome to bring your own firewood of course, and nicely seasoned oak firewood can be purchased through the camp hosts by the bundle. The main fire ring is large and is commonly the center of activity in the evening. A large grill is available to place over the fire for cooking, and a smaller wood grill is available for cooking as well.
Situated on 370 acres in the high desert, the Blue Sky Center is a great place to relax, stargaze, explore, or perhaps watch a few small planes come and go. It is an ideal basecamp for your activities in the area, which include the nearby Los Padres National Forest, Sierra Madre mountain range, Carrizo Plain National Monument, and Wind Wolves Preserve.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Blue Sky Shelter Circle
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Blue Sky Center is tucked away in the often-overlooked, New Cuyama (1.5-2 hours NE of Los Angeles). The 1000 population town is small, with just two restaurants, a small motel and a general store making up the main strip.
The Center itself has lofty aspirations to bring art and culture, and with that, industry, to the town. Eventually they will host festivals, retreats, cooking classes, etc. as well as provide safe and affordable artist dorms in one of their converted warehouses.
As of right now, the Center is in its early stages with four different huts to rent; each is designed by Santa Barbara-based architect, Jeff Shelton. We were there in the winter and it rained on us--we stayed dry and warm inside the cozy hut that has a comfy bed and even electricity. (Electricity is not to be confused with insulation, as the huts are still exposed to the elements through cracks between the canvas and walls.) If there are others staying in the huts, you will have to check your shyness at the gate, as they do have glass fronts which allow you to see into other's huts. The host, Brian was very hospitable and had a fire with a grill waiting for us. He showed us where the inside bathrooms and shower were, and offered other indoor communal areas for our general use.
I would recommend driving through Ojai to eat, shop, explore and stock up on any supplies you might need before heading to Blue Sky Center. The drive through the Ojai Valley was stunning; each weave in the winding road offered a new vista, perfect for photography lovers or just those who like a pretty view!
Blue Sky Center is a special place. Not only is it beautiful and serene, it also has a lot of soul thanks to the amazing people who keep the center running. Blue Sky offers the vibiest space to congregate with camp friends, while educating visitors about the local community's needs and inspiring campers to support, sustain and reimagine opportunities for this lovely region. We came to Blue Sky searching for a fun sleepover in a rad canvas hut and ended up finding a place that stretched our hearts and filled our minds with a desire to do more to create change in the world around us. Special thank you to the volunteers who keep this place running, you guys are a light and encouragement to everyone who visits. We're blessed to have visited Blue Sky Center and cannot wait to come back and bring all our friends!
I would recommend this location if they were travelling through the area. The last shelter with the two single beds leaked in the rain.
The host was very friendly and the location was very clean.
Love the Blue Sky Shelter Circle. Gorgeous sunsets, comfortable and stylish huts, clean bathrooms and a "cantina" in which to make a simple meal. One of the best parts, though, was Emily, the camp host, who treated me like a long-time friend.
Phillip was incredible, the space is inspiring and peaceful. They are building something truly unique amongst the community there. I recommend anyone who wants to get away, have a quiet space to connect with other creative people and enjoy simplicity.
Absolutely beautiful camping experience. The attention to detail and craftsmanship of the hut, furniture in the hut, cantina, and general facility was breathtaking for anyone who appreciates good design. The communal area in the middle of the huts was also a lovely space and we greatly enjoyed when the host projected a movie on one of the buildings for all of the guests to watch under the stars.
I am just so stoked on what the Blue Sky Center is up to in New Cuyama. For those looking for something off the beaten path, or camping-lite, Blue Sky is for you. I mean, you don't need a bunch a gear when you have access to a full kitchen, showers, bathrooms, refrigeration and a memory foam mattress! It isn't a secluded getaway by any means, but a great stopping off point for those on a road trip or looking to explore Los Padres National Forest without giving up too many creature comforts. Sunsets here are not to be missed!!