Channel Islands

Channel Islands National Park

California, United States

About


Designated as a National Park in 1980

Five of the eight Channel Islands are protected, with half of the park's area underwater. The islands have a unique Mediterranean ecosystem originally settled by the Chumash people. They are home to over 2,000 species of land plants and animals, 145 endemic to them, including the island fox. Ferry services offer transportation to the islands from the mainland.

Activities


Weather


Today
7/12/2024
Clouds
19°C
L: 16.3°C
H: 18.6°C
Overcast clouds
Feels like: 19°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 90%
Wind: 5 kph N
Tomorrow
7/13/2024
Clouds
17°C
L: 16.6°C
H: 16.6°C
Broken clouds
Feels like: 17°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 86%
Wind: 4 kph NW
Sunday
7/14/2024
Clear
17°C
L: 17.5°C
H: 17.5°C
Clear sky
Feels like: 17°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 79%
Wind: 5 kph NW
Weather data from: OpenWeatherMap

Official park contact info


Phone: (805) 658-5730
Additional information: Channel Islands Visitor Center

Reviews

4.7

1,428 reviews found on the web

Helpful reviews:

A very special place. Made it out to Santa Rosa Island, feels remote like you’re at the edge of the world, when it’s very close to one of the biggest urban centers in the country. If you’re lucky enough to make it out here, let’s make a point of leaving it as pristine as it is now, ok? Thanks and enjoy.
Kim T.
The weather was a bit chilly but fine. We didn’t bring snorkel gear but we should have. Most of the other park visitors had their snorkel gear. The trails were clearly marked and offered great views. The island is quiet and it’s hard to believe you’re so close to SoCal and it’s millions of residents. A close getaway.
Marquis V.
Awesome place; scenic beauty; great trails, cutest foxes ever. Must arrive by boat. A day trip here is totally worth it. Bring food and water (sandwiches, snacks, etc.).
Liv W.
Kim T.
November 2020

A very special place. Made it out to Santa Rosa Island, feels remote like you’re at the edge of the world, when it’s very close to one of the biggest urban centers in the country. If you’re lucky enough to make it out here, let’s make a point of leaving it as pristine as it is now, ok? Thanks and enjoy.

Marquis V.
August 2020

The weather was a bit chilly but fine. We didn’t bring snorkel gear but we should have. Most of the other park visitors had their snorkel gear. The trails were clearly marked and offered great views. The island is quiet and it’s hard to believe you’re so close to SoCal and it’s millions of residents. A close getaway.

Liv W.
October 2020

Awesome place; scenic beauty; great trails, cutest foxes ever. Must arrive by boat. A day trip here is totally worth it. Bring food and water (sandwiches, snacks, etc.).

Becca M.
December 2020

We went to Santa Cruz Island of Channel Islands National Park. We took Island Packer to get there, we saw a lot of dophins on the way to island, it's awesome! And after getting out of boat, we backpack walked 0.5 mile to Scorpion Campground. This island is an idea place for activities such as camping, hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, wildflower and wildlife viewing. We enjoyed it so much! To the best experience the island, camp two or three days will be wonderful, but it can be done in a day trip, I highly recommend 5 miles round-trip to Cavern Point Loop, North Pluff Trail and Potato Harbor Overlook.

Elizabeth T.
October 2020

Worth the hour-long torturing boat ride. We saw dolphins and fin whales from the boat. We've only been to Santa Cruz island but that alone made us want to visit other islands next time. Awesome coastal view along the trail to cavern point and potato harbor from the piers. Visible island foxes within reach. Crystal clear water perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The best part was the adventurous kayaking tour in and out of the coastal caves. A very unique experience that allowed us to navigate through the chambers inside the caves and see colorful waters, fish, kelps, different kinds of birds, etc. Our guide even gave us fresh kelp to eat. Yum.

Avery B.
July 2020

Very beautiful place. Here is famous for its sea, coast and sea caves. But hiking is interesting too. Hiking along the cliffs along the beach is really beautiful. It’s pity that I met lots of fog during the time of visit lol. And I didn’t see any fox....

Paco V.
November 2020

This is an incredible national park that is unique to anything in the United States. Neat islands to explore that are part of expeditions from Ventura or Santa Barbara. Incredible cliffs here and beautiful vistas. The scenery is fairly dry, but there is beauty in the starkness, especially when contrasted with the sapphire blue ocean. Well developed trails and lots of opportunities for great views. The boat passage is teeming with dolphins and birds.

Elijah S.
September 2020

So beautiful!! Highly recommend, but be careful, boat ride is very bumpy. This place is beautiful, and kayaking and snorkeling are lots of fun!

Lily W.
December 2020

What a great place to enjoy. Practically no civilization around. Nothing but beautiful nature abounds. Wild foxes, birds, and other beautiful life is easy to spot and photograph. I enjoyed the 5 or so mile hike around the island where you can see beautiful ocean shores, amazing green rolling hills (felt like Ireland), and spectacular time lapse feel into a simpler time with little around to disturb the mind. There are remnants of old buildings there left for education and history. I guess the amazingly green grass and wild flowers were brought by colonists who herded sheep here. And it's now taken over the island. You take a boat ferry to the island where you have about 4 or 5 hours to enjoy. You should bring something to eat and 2 litres per person to drink. The ferry ride is nice and smooth and educational. Definitely bring you camera. Here are some pics I took.

Benjamin A.
July 2020

Beautiful place. Lots of amazing hiking trails! Fox galore! So many flowers! Indigenous species.

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