The Blue Sky Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation that functions as a host entity, providing space and resources to existing programs and organizations working to advance sustainable living practices through demonstration, education, research, and community collaboration.
Nestled under shade canopies near the front of the property are our two bell tents. They're very comfortable for four adults, but with room for more if you don't mind being cozy. We've covered the floor with vibrant Mexican blankets that you can arrange as suits your group, but you provide the rest. A firepit is right outside your door with a cooking grate available. A short walk from your tent is the Khalili Cantina and the main fire ring where you're welcome to relax, socialize with other campers, or cook over the fire. This is also where our two Original Nomad hot tubs are located. They can be rented during your stay through the camp hosts.
A stash of firewood will be waiting for you upon arrival. You're welcome to bring your own of course, and additional firewood can be purchased through the camp hosts. 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 two smaller wood grills are available for cooking as well.
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 Eric Junker Bell Tents
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Blue Sky is the ultimate combination of activism, art, and nature, set against the beautiful Cuyama Valley. Everyone we met there spoke so passionately and optimistically about the rural impact center's mission and how it had personally changed their lives. Em told us about some of the valley's most interesting residents, Chris and Alex showed us their amazing wood shops—soon even more people will populate the artist residency Blue Sky is building. There's a lot going on here and it was cool learning about where it's headed.
The shelters are are straight out of your Pinterest dreams. Each one is a work of art: they've got unique, colorful furnishings built by Chris and sweeping mountain views from the west-facing windows. The spacious bell tents open up to these same views, and from the inside you'll see the beautiful hand-painted designs of Eric Junker, lit up by afternoon light. All campers have access to the brightly-lit cantina, which has beer taps, a fully-stocked kitchen, and lots of seating.
There's lots to explore in Cuyama Valley: good running along flat country roads, tons of farm animals, and an awesome high-plains style restaurant and bar called Buckhorn (only a 5-minute walk from Blue Sky.)
All in all, if you get the chance to check out this unique property, DO IT! You won't regret it.