Original futuristic campsite in the middle of the California desert

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Surfing the net we have discovered a most interesting accommodation option. This is Wagen Station Encampment , a kind of campsite located in the middle of the California desert that has a futuristic look of the most original. In fact, the designer of this particular landscape, Andrea Zittel, was inspired by NASA tests in the Mojave Desert, which is the local way of referring to the High Desert, which occupies a wide area of ​​southern California and other smaller ones. from Northern California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

As staying in this place will be practically impossible (there is a long waiting list and you have to meet a series of requirements ), today we want you to, at least, get to know it up close. Would you like to join us? We assure you that, at the very least, it will surprise you!

Your desert fantasy

As the artist in charge of this interesting project explains, she wanted to create a futuristic campsite "out of this world" after seeing NASA tests in the Mojave Desert. According to Andrea, everyone has their desert fantasy. For her, her particular fantasy "was in a foreign landscape."

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For people who share Andrea’s mission

The Wagen Station Encampment consists of twelve “ wagons ”, a shared outdoor kitchen, outdoor showers and eco-friendly bathrooms. As indicated on the camp’s website, it is intended for all people who feel an affinity with Andrea’s mission in the desert, including other artists, writers, thinkers, hikers, campers and all those who are involved with other forms of cultural or personal research.

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A very intimate camp

One of the main characteristics of this camp is that it is very intimate. Therefore, it is intended that the people who stay here are objective, considerate and collaborative. In fact, the ideal host should be a kitchen cleaner, a great organizer, and a person who doesn’t mind making extra coffee to share with others in the morning. All carriages are big enough to sleep peacefully in a bed. In fact, they even fit shelves, hooks and a small rear door.

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How to reserve the place

The camp is open two months a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Usually this is October and the season that runs from April 15 to May 15. Each of these seasons is divided into week-long sessions. Ideally, visitors should stay for one or two sessions, arriving on Sunday and leaving on Saturday. If you want to reserve the place, you will need to submit an application , a short bio, and a $ 20 non-refundable fee. If this request is accepted, you will have to pay the weekly fee ($ 100) to complete the reservation.

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Free for the last few years

It is important to bear in mind that during the last years the accommodation in this original camp was free. However, interest has grown, which has also led to an increase in work and effort to keep the place running. Thus, to compensate for the large amount of work required, they decided to charge an application fee and a weekly fee, money that goes to the staff who maintain the logistics, maintenance and long-term care of the camp. Then we leave you with our gallery , where you will find more images of Wagen Station Encampament. And if you want to get even more information, you can take a look at the video that we show you below, uploaded to the ART21 YouTube channel.