Channel Islands National Park
Ventura, California 93001
Established March 5, 1980
249,353 acres (half the acreage is underwater). Open all year. Camping fee.
(805) 658-5730 www.nps.gov/chis
Visible from the coast
of California near Santa Barbara, five mountainous Channel Islands
offer homes to numerous marine and mammal species. These islands harbor
the largest seal and sea lion breeding colony in the US along with
about 50 endemic species of plants and animals. Arch Rock, hollowed out
by wind and sea, stands 40' above the ocean near Anacapa Island.
Backcountry camping (permit required), hiking, camping, swimming, boating, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and hunting.
SantaCruz gopher snake,
island spotted skunk, island fox (smallest in North America), Santa
Cruz scrub jay, brown towhee and orange-crowned warbler.
Coreopsis, ironwood, and torrey pine.
Storm petrels, Xantus’ murrelet, garibaldi, seal, sea lion, elephant seal, orca, blue whale, gooseneck barnacle, and kelp.
Access to the Channel
Islands is available from park concessionaires located next to the
Visitor Center in Ventura or at the Santa Barbara harbor. The trip to
Anacapa Island is 1 1/2 hours each way. Private boat landings are
available for certain islands at specific places. Because the nights
are cool, bring warm clothing.
From Los Angeles take 101
north; at the Victoria exit in Ventura follow the Channel Island signs
for the Visitor Center. Nearest airports: Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.