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5 Ecologically Rich Islands Off Southern California.

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park protects five islands off the Southern California coast at Ventura and Santa Barbara. Visitors enjoy whale watching in the surrounding ocean or exploring the undeveloped islands.

History

The human history of the Channel Islands spans more than 12,000 years, beginning with the Chumash, who lived there for thousands of years. The first Europeans first arrived in the 16th century, and discovered a rich culture which depended on the land and sea for all that was needed. The islands came under Mexican rule in 1821, and sheep and cattle ranches occupied several islands, and the waters were harvested for fish. The islands became part of California when it gained statehood in 1850. The US Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard all established posts on the Channel Islands during the 20ths century. Light towers were constructed in the 1910s, and the islands were managed by the military until they were transferred to the National Park Service.

The first two islands established as National Monuments in 1938 were Anacapa and Santa Barbara. Legislation in 1980 established the National Park and added the three remaining Northern Channel island. The remains of the ancient Chumash villages are mixed with historic ranches and military structures. Each of the five islands has a unique history.

Entrance fees

There is no entry fee to enter the Channel Islands, however transportation options, such as boats or tours, may require fees.

Busiest Months

  • Percent of annual visits

Hiking Trails:

Recent Bird Sightings

Weather Forecast:

Chance of Rain
Wednesday
Chance of Rain
High 60°/Low 46°
50%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
High 59°/Low 46°
10%
Partly Cloudy
Friday
Partly Cloudy
High 60°/Low 51°
0%
Clear
Saturday
Clear
High 63°/Low 46°
10%

Average Temperature (Monthly)

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Campgrounds:

Santa Barbara Island Campground
10 Sites

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Scorpion Canyon Campground on Santa Cruz Island
31 Sites

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Water Canyon Campground on Santa Rosa Island
15 Sites

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San Miguel Island Campground
9 Sites

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Anacapa Island Campground
7 Sites

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Santa Cruz Del Norte Backcountry
4 NonSpecific Sites

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Some Hotels and Other Lodging Options:

Vacation Packages:

Roundtrip Flights to Los Angeles:

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Oakland

04/09/2019

04/10/2019

Tickets from $ 52

Las Vegas

04/03/2019

04/06/2019

Tickets from $ 72

San Jose

05/04/2019

05/07/2019

Tickets from $ 74

San Francisco

04/09/2019

04/10/2019

Tickets from $ 90

Dallas

03/28/2019

04/02/2019

Tickets from $ 104

Houston

05/07/2019

05/11/2019

Tickets from $ 105

Kansas City

05/01/2019

05/07/2019

Tickets from $ 111

Denver

05/09/2019

05/12/2019

Tickets from $ 112

Chicago

05/04/2019

05/11/2019

Tickets from $ 113

Salt Lake City

05/08/2019

05/14/2019

Tickets from $ 131

Seattle

05/07/2019

05/14/2019

Tickets from $ 132

Cleveland

04/06/2019

04/13/2019

Tickets from $ 133

New York

05/14/2019

05/15/2019

Tickets from $ 133

Portland

05/10/2019

05/13/2019

Tickets from $ 134

New Orleans

03/29/2019

04/07/2019

Tickets from $ 145

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