Hipcamp host Blue Sky  C.
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 What do you think this hut is shaped like? If you guessed a snail, you (s)nailed it! 🐌Our Snail Hut sits farthest east in the SheltonHuts circle and is closest to the Khalili Cantina. This is the most spacious of our SheltonHuts, giving you plenty of room for activities whether that be strumming a ukelele like @orcapod or taking in the expansive view to the


 What do you think this hut is shaped like? If you guessed a snail, you (s)nailed it! 🐌Our Snail Hut sits farthest east in the SheltonHuts circle and is closest to the Khalili Cantina. This is the most spacious of our SheltonHuts, giving you plenty of room for activities whether that be strumming a ukelele like @orcapod or taking in the expansive view to the south of the Sierra Madre mountain range. And a reminder that if you book the Snail Hut over weeknights (Sunday through Thursday) for your next high desert getaway, you'll get 20% off! 🌵⛺️

Shelter, 5, the Snail, offers a double bed. (sleeps 2)

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. 

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.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!

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
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
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

Host can provide you with contacts to schedule a horseback ride during your stay.


There is a local swimming pool in the town to swim at from May- August



Natural features you'll find at Snail Hut in California.


The vibe at Snail Hut

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Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 31st, 2017

Carrizo Plain National Monument is incredible, and only about a half hour away!

Amazingly colorful tipiThey best hammock in the afternoonGolden Hour on the campsite.
Hipcamper Samantha
Samantha A.
recommends this listing.
September 16th, 2018

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 ;).

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Hipcamper Nicole
Nicole P.
recommends this listing.
January 16th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Morgan
Morgan W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 23rd, 2018

Great diner down the street with live music on weekend nights! Food is good, drinks are cheap and local company is nice once you warm them up.

Each cabin was full but most everybody kept to themselves and turned in early.Next door neighbor to the Snail HutSnail HutEarly morning mountains.
Hipcamper Marcy
Marcy C.
doesn't recommend this listing.
April 2nd, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Annunziata
Annunziata S.
recommends this listing.
May 20th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Jeremy
Jeremy S.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2018

Just what we needed. Would go back w a bigger group for sure

Hipcamper Patrick
Patrick P.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2018

Truly had a wonderfully simple experience and loved the mission behind Blue Sky Center.

Hipcamper Rhiannon
Rhiannon T.
doesn't recommend this listing.
October 28th, 2018

I really was excited about staying here - the concept is great and the facilities are new, modern and clean. Unfortunately, we were pretty disappointed with our stay in the Snail hut. We chose this hut as it was the only one available with a double bed for myself and my boyfriend. The Snail hut was the only hut that has a completely exposed window with no curtain to cover it. This was an issue for both privacy and weather. When we arrived for check in around 3pm, the sun was directly on the hut, it was blazing hot and we couldn't even stay in the hut for a few hours until the sun went down.

After it cooled down, the view of the stars at night was incredible. We fell asleep pretty early and woke up in the middle of the night absolutely freezing as the temperature dropped into the 40s at night and we only had the 1 sheet and wool blanket. I take some responsibility for not bringing more blankets with us. But it was so freezing that my boyfriend and I couldn't stand it anymore and packed up and left at 5am. After we packed up the car, we found that under the bed were extra blankets - we had no idea there were blankets in the hut as it is not listed on the site and our host did not tell us. It would have been great to have been informed of both the available amenities & a heads up beforehand on necessities to bring (extra warm clothes, blankets, or sleeping bags).

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