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Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the eight islands in the Channel Islands of California, located off the coast of California. The island, in the northern group of the Channel Islands, is 22mi long and from 2to wide with an area of 61764.6acre. Santa Cruz Island is located within Santa Barbara County, California. The coastline has steep cliffs, gigantic sea caves, coves, and sandy beaches. Defined by the United States Census Bureau as Block 3000, Block Group 3, Census Tract 29.10 of Santa Barbara County, the 2000 census showed an official population of two persons. The highest peak is Devils Peak, at 2450+ feet (747+ m). It was the largest privately owned island off the continental United States but is currently part-owned by the National Park Service (NPS owns 24%, and the Nature Conservancy owns 76%).A central valley splits the island along the Santa Cruz Island Fault, with volcanic rock on the north and older sedimentary rock on the south. This volcanic rock was heavily fractured during the uplift phase that formed the island and over a hundred large sea caves have been carved into the resulting faults. One of these, Painted Cave, is among the world's largest.
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  • I was fascinated by the idea of visiting the Channel Islands ever since I read about it in a travel magazine. Wasn't sure how much to expect since there was a 4 year old involved and since the boats s...  read more »
  • Not rated at the top of my National Park list, but still an adventure. Fairly easy hikes for a day trip, really about 4-5 hrs once you get off the boat and back in time to reboard. Landed at Scorpion ...  read more »
  • Santa Cruz was amazing. We took a kayak tour with Aquasports and ventured through some magnificent sea caves which reminded me of parts of Kauai's Napali Coast. The water visibility was about 20 feet ...  read more »
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