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178 mi 287 km of trail 0 Featured Runs

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Channel Islands National Park is composed of five extraordinary islands, each with a unique pelagic setting. By traveling to these one-of-a-kind environments, visitors have the opportunity to experience the California coast as it existed prior to human settlement. Thousands of years of isolation produced unique flora and fauna, and early human interaction with the islands left behind archeological resources unlike any in the world. A truly remote and pristine location, a visit to Channel Islands National Park is truly an escape from modernity.

More information about Channel Islands National Park can be found by visiting www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
There are no visitor centers located within the park, though there are two locations that operate on the mainland. Both locations are closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25.
  • Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center (Ventura): Open 8:30 am to 5 pm daily.
  • Outdoors Visitor Center (Santa Barbara): Open 11 am to 5 pm daily.

Visiting Tips

Channel Islands National Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and December 25. While the park is located in a typically moderate Mediterranean climate, visitors should be prepared for rapid changes in weather. High winds, sea spray, rough seas, and fog are all common in the park. Fall is the most popular time to plan a visit, as the likelihood of calm water, warm weather and slow winds occurs between August and September.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee to visit Channel Islands National Park.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
Year-round camping is available on each of the five islands of Channel Islands National Park. Each island boasts a Park Service managed campground, where amenities include picnic tables and pit toilets. Fees for all campgrounds are $15 per site, per night. Potable water is only available at the Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Island campgrounds. Be aware that transportation to the islands often fills before campgrounds. Camping reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov.

There are limited backcountry sites available on Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands and a backcountry permit is required.

Lodging:
Lodging is unavailable within the park and there are a variety of lodging options available in the nearby towns of Ventura, Oxnard, and Santa Barbara, California.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Shuttles:
While the mainland visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are readily accessible by car or public transportation, due to the remote location of Channel Islands National Park, it is necessary to find private transportation to and from the islands. There are a variety of options available to visitors, including private and public boat transportation as well as public airplane transportation. For more information about transportation to the islands, click here.

There are two park concessionaires, Island Packers and Channel Islands Aviation who can provide specific information about public transportation. Regulations and guidelines for private boats can be found here.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or stores in Channel Islands National Park. Visitors will need to bring all of their own food with them, and most will need to bring their own water as well. Potable water is only available at Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Campgrounds.

After the Run: Local Favorites

Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine Small moquecas or moquequinhas of mussels or cubed shark are easily shared among a crowd. Equally shareable is frito misto, expertly fried and precisely arranged crisp fish.
Pho Saigon Great pho. Jimmy is a great host. Our first meal in Ventura County was a great success!
Yolanda's Mexican Cafe It's all about the bean dip baby!!!
1601 Victoria Ave., Oxnard CA — (805) 985-1340
Sushi Hanada best Japanese food I've had since Japan!!! excellent
Anaba Sushi Grab a saporro, a salmon skin salad and you are ready for the main course.
Topper's Pizza Pizza was excellent.
2100 Saviers Rd, Oxnard CA — (805) 385-4444
Barrelhouse 101 There are 101 beers on tap, but the 101st beer is a rotational tap which changes constantly.
Taqueria el Tapatio The Potato's from the side bar are the bomb!!!
Oxnard Airport, Oxnard CA — (805) 382-2376
Lure Fish House Strawberry Fields Salad with seared ahi tuna was amazing! Great service!
Spencer Makenzie's Fish Company Best hot sauce in the world. Put it on everything.
Burrito Express Carne Asada burrito with everything on it and the orange whipped drink next to the horchata
230 S Ventura Rd, Oxnard CA — (805) 385-9700
In-N-Out Burger Just go here. My personal favorite location. Worked in the area and always stop by.
2070 Harbor Blvd, Ventura CA — (800) 786-1000
Cafe Nouveau Try the Brie & Mango Quesadilla
El Taco De Mexico Potato taco plate is excellent and under 5$
210 E 5th St, Oxnard CA — (805) 486-6883
Toppers Pizza Place Good chicken garlic Dijon pizza
3940 E Main St, Ventura CA — (805) 385-4444
Allison's Country Cafe Everything is amazing here! Make sure you get the biscuits with their homemade jam!
3429 Telegraph Rd, Ventura CA — (805) 644-9072
Toppers Pizza Place There are a lot of professional salad eaters here. They know how to maximize the amount of salad you can fit into a small bowl. Observe and imitate.
111 E Gonzales Rd, Oxnard CA — (805) 385-4444
Hook, Line & Sinker Seafood The halibut taquittos are the bomb
2177 N Oxnard Blvd, Oxnard CA — (805) 604-1715
The Habit Burger Grill Delicious burgers!
2350 Vineyard Dr., Oxnard CA — (805) 981-9919
Neptune's Net Hey this is place paul walker and vin diesel ate before they headed to race wars in fast and furious , supra meet up anyone?

Other Activities

There are a variety of ways to enjoy the pristine islands that make up Channel Islands National Park. Visitors enjoy various types of aquatic activities such as diving, snorkeling, surfing, and kayaking. In addition, there are many terrestrial activities such as hiking, camping, bird watching, picnicking, and wildflower viewing. If you're looking to blend both the ocean and land, tide pooling, fishing, and aquatic wildlife viewing are also accessible. No matter what you choose, a visit to Channel Islands National Park will help you leave the clamor of everyday life behind. Visit Channel Island's website for more information on the park's variety of activities.

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Anacapa Island, CA
3.9 mi 6.3 km Anacapa Island, CA
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#7 Cathedral Cove
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0.4 mi 0.7 km Anacapa Island, CA
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Solvang, CA
2.5 mi 4.0 km Solvang, CA
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Summerland, CA
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#10 Overlook
Anacapa Island, CA
0.3 mi 0.6 km Anacapa Island, CA
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#11 Torrey Pine Road
Isla Vista, CA
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#12 Smith Highway
Isla Vista, CA
4.2 mi 6.7 km Isla Vista, CA
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Anacapa Island, CA
1.5 mi 2.5 km Anacapa Island, CA
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Isla Vista, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km Isla Vista, CA
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#15 Airstrip Road
Isla Vista, CA
0.9 mi 1.4 km Isla Vista, CA
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#16 Smith Highway
Isla Vista, CA
17.2 mi 27.7 km Isla Vista, CA
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#17 Coastal Road
Isla Vista, CA
6.7 mi 10.8 km Isla Vista, CA
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#18 Airstrip Road
Isla Vista, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Isla Vista, CA
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Anacapa Island, CA
0.7 mi 1.2 km Anacapa Island, CA
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#20 Soledad Road
Isla Vista, CA
13.0 mi 20.9 km Isla Vista, CA
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