The Blue Sky Center is a innovative rural community design and development non-profit 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 five 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.
Shelter 1 (this one), the Pope, offers a double bed. (sleeps 2)
Shelter 2, the Quonset, offers two single beds. (sleeps 2)
Shelter 3, the Gypsy, has two single bunk beds. (sleeps 2-3)
Shelter 4, the Gable, offers a double bed. (sleeps 2)
Shelter, 5, the Snail, offers a double bed. (sleeps 2)
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.
We have oak fire wood for purchase here - $5/bundle (deposit into the wood box).The main fire ring is large and is commonly the center of activity in the evening. We have picnic benches for eating and overhead lights. A large grill is available to place over the fire for cooking, and a smaller wood grill is available for cooking as well.
**new update as of November 2017: due to the staff time required to clean huts and prepare for the next guest we are requiring a cleaning fee for all campers bringing a pet along with them on their trip. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry friends!**
Situated on 330 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: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
The vibe at Pope's Hut
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Had a great time here! It was even more of a glamping experience than I expected- they have a kitchen you can use to prepare your food, fridge to store, showers to be clean, firewood, extra blankets, cots everything. It was very convenient! We also had a great time with the hosts and learned a lot about the community. We also really enjoyed meeting the other guests!
My best friend and I had the best time here. Beautiful & peacful. The Beds are really comfy. The restrooms aren't far and are very upkept. The kitchen is fully stocked with utensils etc. and the sunset/sunrise is insane 💕Also, the host was very accommodating. We will definitely be back.
Wow, Blue Sky Center is an incredibly special, sacred place and the entire property is spectacular. I can't recommend this spot enough for a restorative getaway in the beautiful Cuyama valley.
The Huts: I loved my stay in the Pope's Hut. The Shelton huts in general are amazing and each of them so unique -- a gorgeous architectural concept. The bed was super cozy, with extra blankets stored beneath the bed, side tables and chairs that made it easy to stay organized, and electricity (which I didn't expect). The Pope is one of the smaller huts on the property but I had plenty of space, and I love that they're dog friendly - my pup loved it too! Note, it can be quite loud at night when there is an event or several guests on the site, bring earplugs.
The Community: I felt immediately welcomed and was lucky to visit during a cactus growing + cooking workshop hosted by a nonprofit partner of the Blue Sky Center. I joined in on the free class with several other folks, helped prepare nopales that eventually became part of a delicious meal and cocktail, and savored conversation with new friends through the night, ending with wine by the campfire. Everyone was warm, generous and inclusive. I particularly appreciated meeting and learning from local community members from Cuyama in attendance. Blue Sky Center is doing important work in the region and there is an authentic and rich sense of community connection that made my experience there so much more special than I expected. Be sure to ask the staff about their projects and long-term goals, and support the rad people behind High Desert Print Co operating out of that space and expanding artistic/economic opportunities in the area.
The Property: The entire property is accessible and open, and I felt comfortable to enjoy it all. There is a large communal enclosed kitchen structure with everything you could possibly need, and the main building has great bathrooms, showers and places to sit and relax.
Thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay here. Our group reserved two of the huts. Each of them are unique and really cute! The beds were comfortable and linens were soft and cozy. I was a bit surprised at first at how close together the huts were, but it didn't really become an issue after all. The guests were friendly and cordial. The only one warning I'd say is that there weren't any bath towels for the showers and also paper towels in the cantina (kitchen area), so bring your own.
Lastly, we followed the instructions getting to this location; however, we still managed to pass the building. We saw the white building, the sign that says "Blue Sky" on the building was easy to miss and the signage on the road was teeny tiny. It would be great if they could have a really large sign and maybe an arrow, but that's just me. All in all, the place is fantastic, the rates are incredible and I would absolutely get a bunch of friends together and come back.
We had an awesome time at Blue Sky Center. Equal parts adventure and relaxation. The hut itself was comfortable, quaint, and functional. The bathroom and kitchen were exactly as expected and Em, the host, was just as friendly as can be.