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Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

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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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  • Great hikes, beautiful cliffs, lots of wildlife, dolphin, whales, shearwaters, local birds and foxes a plenty. 
  • This island is part of the Channel Islands National Park. It is only accessible by ferry boat from Island Backpackers or by private boat. There are a few small tent campgrounds. They were even in use ...  more »
  • I camped for two days which is much too long. Nice place but not a lot to see and do. Keep in mind the price to get ther is high and for a large family I don't believe it would be worth it.