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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, w


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. 

Shelter 1, the Pope, offers a double bed. (sleeps 2)

Shelter 2, the Quonset, offers two single beds. (sleeps 2)

Shelter 3, the Gypsy, offers a double bed. (sleeps 2)

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.

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Bins available
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Blue Sky a message!
  • 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
  • Weeknight discount: 13% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Pope's Hut in California.


The vibe at Pope's Hut

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Hipcamper Grace
Grace H.
recommends this listing.
September 29th, 2017

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!

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer P.
recommends this listing.
October 15th, 2017

Great time! Enjoyed spending time in the hammocks, at the fire, and in the hut. Just be prepared for a cold desert evening!

Hipcamper Liza
Liza S.
recommends this listing.
November 6th, 2017

Our group of friends had an amazing time! Beautiful spot, everything you need from kitchen wares to extra blankets, and a huge fire pit. We will definitely be coming back!

Hipcamper Denise
Denise B.
recommends this listing.
December 3rd, 2017

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.

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Hipcamper Simon
Simon B.
recommends this listing.
April 1st, 2018

The hut was charming, the bed was comfortable, and the shared kitchen was great. At night the communal fireput makes for a nice place to wind down with your fellow campers.

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel H.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2018

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.

Pepper loved her stay at the Pope's Hut! (Photo by Rachel Heydemann)Huts in the morning light. (Photo by Rachel Heydemann)Pope's Hut
Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer D.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Stacia
Stacia D.
recommends this listing.
June 3rd, 2018

Great and amazing space!

Hipcamper Alexis
Alexis D.
recommends this listing.
June 4th, 2018

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.

We strung up some lights around our hut for an adorable vibe as we prepped movie watching and bonfire + smores time!Views along the short walk to the Buckhorn restaurant.Blue Sky Center welcoming you to the property.Loved our time at the Blue Sky Center!
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