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 Snail Hut
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Kitchen has everything you need. There are 2 fire pits on site & a bench you can place over the top as a 'grill.' The bathrooms are clean. Beds are comfy. The area itself is a little noisy (neighbors, dogs barking, roosters, road traffic), but earplugs did the trick at night. Recommend calling Sagebrush Annie's to set up an appointment for wine tasting with 84 year old, Larry, as your guide.
This place is not out in the open as pictured. It backs up to a sketchy neighborhood and a warehouse with sketchy people people coming and going at all hours. No real locks on the huts, it felt very risky.
Lovely place to stay, my girlfriends and I had the best time! The huts were clean, well equipped and well maintained, as were the bathrooms and kitchen stocked with spices and oils. The hosts were very kind and offered tips on what to do in the area. We will definitely be back!
We absolutely loved our stay here! We got lucky and had most of the camp to ourselves (it was a random weekday night in September) for most of our evening.
The bed was comfortable and plenty of lighting was provided. There were 2 blankets left under our bed but we ended up utilizing our own sleeping bags.
The views were stunning and the kitchen area was clean and stocked with everything we needed to cook the food we brought.
We didn't utilize the campfire area but we know it would've been fun to enjoy with a group of friends.
There was another couple that showed up later in the evening, and we realized that due to the lack of coverage on the main side of this particular hut, we probably would've preferred a more private one (one of the sides is all windows). But having the camp mostly to ourselves, we were glad we picked this one!
One other thing to note is that we had cell service the entire time, which was great for showing off the space to friends on social media ;).