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Blue Sky Center

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· New Cuyama, California
267 acres
16 sites
6 Lodging
10 RV/Tent
1948- On January 1, 1948 a wildcatter named George Hadley, who had been oil prospecting in the valley for 10 years, made the first oil strike in the Cuyama Valley. Richfield Oil Company soon moved in and extracted nearly 300 million barrels of oil in just a few short years. To accommodate an exploding workforce in the early 1950s, the company built the town of New Cuyama, its infrastructure, public buildings, the Cuyama airstrip (L88) and all the industrial structures that are now home to Blue Sky. Richfield Oil Company, later merging with Atlantic Oil Company forming the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company (ARCO), created high-paying jobs, a safe and prosperous community, and developed schools, churches, and recreational areas for the employee-residents. 1973- With dwindling production in the area and new discoveries in Alaska, Atlantic-Richfield Oil Company put the town of New Cuyama and its associated infrastructure up for sale. Word of an entire town for sale made its way to entrepreneur, Russell O’Quinn of the Foundation for Airborne Relief (FAR) and Mildred Dotson, a wealthy widow from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The two worked together to acquire the townsite and adjacent land. O’Quinn, an aviator, inventor, and test pilot, aspired to use the New Cuyama airstrip and facilities as a base for humanitarian relief and a non-profit trade school. Though not fully realized, FAR’s primary vision included utilizing converted military aircraft to airlift food and medical supplies to developing countries and global disaster areas. Dotson had loftier goals. Her plans included an 18-hole fly-in golf course, expansion of the Buckhorn Restaurant and Motel, and a 40- to 50-acre lake for amphibious landing and water sports. 1986- Another visionary, Harry Kislevitz, inventor of the popular design tool Colorforms® and founder of Future City/Villages International, sought to develop the site as a “City of Friendship,” an all-electric village of 5,000 earthen homes. The dwellings were to be designed by Nader Khalili, an Iranian-born architect who specialized in earthen structures, worked with NASA on prototypes for lunar homes and received an award from the United Nations for his work towards the development of low cost, sustainable structures for human shelter in impoverished and disaster prone environments. One 628-sq-ft Khalili prototype remains on the property today ("the Cantina"). Khalili went on to form the California Institute for Earth Art and Architecture, Cal-Earth, in Hesperia, CA. 1993- Recognizing the transformative potential of clean, solar power and the attractiveness of a rural destination, entrepreneur Mike Nolan worked to develop the Solar Skypark and Big Sky Guest Ranch with Santa Barbara Architect, Barry Berkus. The Sky Park included plans for sixty-five fly-in residences on one-acre lots powered completely from clean, solar energy. The Big Sky Guest Ranch was intended to function as a clubhouse for Skypark residents complete with an equestrian center, a small subsistence farm, pool and plenty of enriching recreational activities. 2012- At the end of 2011, the Zannon Family Foundation made a long-term investment in acquiring the New Cuyama Airport property with the vision of rehabilitating the site to be a low-cost resource for programs and organizations working to advance sustainable living practices and technologies. Plans began soon after towards developing a framework and organization to develop the space and coordinate with prospective programs and institutions. In 2014 Blue Sky Sustainable Living Center ("Blue Sky Center") received 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, endeavoring to reclaim this property for the public good. Today, Blue Sky Center provides unduplicated services and technical assistance to support small businesses and entrepreneurs as well as the local food system, with core work focused on community research and advocacy led by Cuyamans. Learn more on our website and consider supporting our community work with your donation or by hosting your next special event here!
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New Cuyama, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Blue Sky C.Joined in June 2016
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483 ratings · 313 reviews
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David S.recommends
January 22, 2023
Pope Hut
Fly-in glamping!
We flew our little Cessna into the adjoining airstrip and glamped in the Pope Hut! Drinks and dinner at the Buckhorn, then shared a bottle of wine around the fire while looking at the stars. Then off to bed. Loved the heated mattress! What a great experience!
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Alex S.recommends
January 1, 2023
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Bathrooms SUPER clean and the platforms were such a luxury. The communal kitchen was very clutch in the early am from the breeze low temp when I couldn't get my stove to boil water. Got lucky with some of the cleanest night sky I've seen. It was a tid bid windy at night, nothing major but the wife's never experienced the tent walla flapping a bit and it did dip into the high 30s but we were prepared for it. Highly recommended if you're headed down the 5 to Joshua tree or further and want to cut the edge off a long drive.
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Jennifer T.recommends
November 30, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Camped in my car here. Easy to find. Nice pit stop on the way back to LA. The sky at night is so, so black and the stars are heavenly. Still had cell service. Went to Cuyama Buckhorn for dinner & breakfast. Had tea and did my morning meditation in the Khalili cantina. I’ve been to Cal Earth, but this building is one of his best.
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Miho K.recommends
November 28, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
My friends and I had a great time staying at Blue Sky! We arrived later in the night and were slightly unsure of where we were supposed to set up our tents, but other than that we had a very nice experience. The common spaces were nicely kept/clean and offered great amenities.
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Andy V.recommends
October 29, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
This was my first time camping, let alone camping alone! I highly recommend because it’s a good place to stargaze and it’s just 2 hours north of LA. While the campsite is literally right next to the small town of New Cuyama, it still feels pretty isolated enough if that’s what the vibe you’re trying to experience. Blue Sky itself offers a bunch of amenities, which for the price, cannot be beat at all. On top of that, the staff is very friendly and communicative! I will definitely be back with family :-)
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Krystina S.recommends
October 27, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Very clean and beautiful simple spot.
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David W.recommends
October 23, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Thank you Blue Sky Center for supporting the GA community in addition to everything else you’re doing! Great spot to land and camp. Runway was recently re-done and in great condition. We’ll definitely be back!
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David S.recommends
October 20, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Our experience tent camping experience was very memorable. We sat next to the campfire and bonded, the laid in our hammocks and stared at the stars in total peace and quiet. The night sky was beautiful, clear and unobstructed by light pollution. The facilities were clean, easily available, and not too far out of reach. A very beautiful and harmonious experience. 10/10
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Georgina S.recommends
October 17, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
I enjoyed a peaceful night on Blue Sky’s land. I arrived late, but still got a welcome. This time I was just breaking up a long drive, but the place looked so nice it would be worth a longer visit.
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Will P.recommends
September 16, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Basic camp site, but still totally cool. However, flush toilets, clean bathrooms with flush toilets, and showers with clean towels. Very much worth the money. Go to the Buckhorn for drinks or dinner, walking distance. Will come back time in area.
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Wade L.doesn't recommend
August 13, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Isolated and empty
We have no hard feelings about having made a charitable contribution. When we arrived in this impoverished area we felt comfortable. Our Westy isn’t ostentatious by any means. However, there was literally no one else at the site, making us easy targets. It was windy and hot with no shade or wind buffer. We didn’t see a single employee or volunteer in the hour we hung around eating a late lunch. We read the literature about the center and kept going.
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Peter R.recommends
August 1, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Desert Oasis
I enjoyed the dispersed camping at Blue Sky. The kuchina (kitchen) was an added bonus, and I really appreciated the opportunity to cook a meal. There were three other groups there when I was, and the company was friendly. We traded stories, and snacks. And it was great to have a shower on the morning I departed. Fantastic stargazing! Will visit again!
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Chelsea J.recommends
July 31, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Big sky, simple and mellow
We camped in the dispersed camping area (Although walked by the huts that are also available and they look fun, too.) The sky appears so vast out there and it was very peaceful waking up to this huge expanse of grazing land and rolling hills. We arrived after dark and followed the instructions to find the dispersed camping, but it wasn’t super obvious without light. Signage isn’t very direct, but there weren’t many people there so we figured out a spot nearish to the road across from the first white building we turned left by. There is an indoor bathroom and shower, which is inside another white building. It was nice to have the amenity but again, signage could have been a bit clearer. It was still a very peaceful place to stay if you’re looking for something simple and affordable.
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Anna S.recommends
July 25, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Perfect last minute pit stop
We needed a last minute place to pitch our tent when our other place fell through due to plumbing problems and this place was perfect! The written instructions made it easy to get to and the kitchen, shower, and bathrooms were very clean and cute. The stargazing at night was also fantastic.
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Rachel W.recommends
July 18, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
More than i ever expected
This site is great. The cantina and outdoor showers are cute. Jack was great and super accommodating. There are indoor toilets and showers, tables, Cornhole, bistro lighting and these super cute little guys you can rent too! Plus, it's in walking distance to a bar and farm to table restaurant so, what else could you want? Local mead chilled for you (if you order it) on arrival? Also check. Both flavors are good too!
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Lorena S.recommends
July 17, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Road trip pit stop
Really great space to chill. I was here for the dispersed camping and it was great to have a place to use the restroom and chill in the aluminum pool or take an outdoor/indoor shower after a long trip. It was 105 this weekend so i really appreciated the fridge in the cantina that kept my water cold. They were in constant communication and Jack was really good about answering my questions.
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George C.
June 15, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
The camping spot was just to the side of the car park/parking lot & didn’t feel like anyone had given it much consideration. The little shepherds huts also available on the property were a much nicer option (unfortunately I opted to camp) but not quite so spaced out as the photos on the website would suggest. I called the host when I arrived & she was very friendly & quick to help answer my questions. The bathrooms in the main building were clean & there was a small kitchen are, I didn’t use this, but it looked like it had everything you might need for a short stay. There’s not a huge amount going on in this small town but if you’re looking for a quiet but friendly spot, this is the place!
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Maddie R.recommends
June 4, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Blue Sky had great facilities such as flush toilets in nice clean bathrooms and a kitchen area. The communal areas were cute and well maintained. The written directions were clear and the self check-in made things very simple.
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Chris C.recommends
June 3, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Great star gazing
I hate to leave this review as I don’t want this place to become so popular that I can’t get back in. What an absolutely wonderful concept. I had no idea how lovely this area was. Our a host Jack made us feel very at home and comfortable. I would like to rent the whole place out! It’s that cool
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Kaylee C.recommends
June 2, 2022
Quonset Hut
Glamping heaven
The huts are so cute, and I love the communal camping environment. It was fun to see where others were coming from. It was also nice that dogs are welcome, it was kinda like a dog party ☺️ The view of the stars is amazing! There's a lot of cool hiking nearby. Definitely bring a blanket, though, as it gets cold at night! And maybe a sun umbrella
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Toni L.recommends
May 31, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Blue Sky was a great place for a quick one-night stay. The three designated tent-platforms are good and we had a nice view of the mountains at Site #2. I wouldn't have wanted to stay elsewhere in the dispersed camping, though, as otherwise you are just in a giant undefined parking lot. Right behind our site was a huge pile of broken asphalt and concrete... not ideal, but hopefully not permanent. The bathrooms were great and clean... a bit of a walk. We could tell they are working to upgrade the whole place... planting trees, etc., all of which will be really nice. Blue Sky sent us a lot of communicative texts, which were very thoughtful. We never met anyone on-site, as we were there over a holiday weekend, but that was fine and expected.
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Joe M.recommends
May 31, 2022
Pope Hut
Glamping at its best!
Just had the best Memorial Day weekend at Blue Sky Center. Super fun, extremely clean and a no hassle check in. Out Pope wagon tent was perfect with electricity and and Wi-Fi.
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Mark K.doesn't recommend
May 30, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
It's a parking lot in a small town.
It's a parking lot in a small town. Google map it before you reserve. It might be for you (no doubt) but it wasn't for me. Good luck!
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Megan E.recommends
May 30, 2022
Sheepherder Wagon
Cute & cozy hut
The sheepherder hut is cute and cozy! I especially liked that it is a bit more private than the other huts on the property and we were very warm with the heated mattress. The cantina space was excellent and so convenient. The views from the property are beautiful. The front building with restrooms and showers was clean and well maintained. A few things to note - with other campers in every hut, there is not much privacy - making friends with your neighbors is the way to go! The cantina can get a little crowded at breakfast and dinner time so bringing our campstove turned out to be a good idea. The neighbors in the town do make noise as warned (lots of barking dogs & polka/mariachi music in the evening) so bring earplugs if that bothers you!
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Nicole E.recommends
May 25, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Accommodating beautiful location!
Beautiful, peaceful location. Really nice to have a shower and bathroom 24/7. Easy to find.
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Gary W.recommends
May 23, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Amazing time!
BlueSky and the little town of New Cuyama was an incredible experience! We will absolutely be back soon!
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Mike L.recommends
May 22, 2022
Quonset Hut
The Best
If unusual is something you are comfortable with, then you'll really enjoy Blue Sky and what they have to offer. The very concept of Blue Sky is worth learning about, and how they have organized a way to explore the extraordinary environment of the Cuyama Valley is a treasure. So much to see, so much to learn about!
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Trevor K.recommends
May 9, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
What a phenomenal place Blue Sky and Cuyama are. I want both to share it with everyone I know, and also for it to stay a bit of a secret. The facilities exceeded expectation, and the staff are super friendly and helpful. Great place for a group or solo getaway, and plenty of opportunities to be in the middle of nature with the conveniences of a funky and charming small town.
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Your Friendly Neighbourhood S.
April 30, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
The mounds of broken concrete and asphalt made the dispersed camping experience feel like we were camping at a construction site. The dispersed campsite area signs would be absolutely wonderful if they were reflective, to help those who arrive after hours. Fire pit in the dispersed campsite area would be nice. Only good thing was the shower and lavatory facilities. Immaculate and easily accessible. I’d return only to crash for the night to break up the drive between LA and SF.
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Geraldine I.recommends
April 16, 2022
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
We stayed in the dispersed camping section and we had a nice, quiet night. This is cute land and we would definitely like to come back and stay in the huts next time. Bathrooms were clean.
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