Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park

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Santa Rosa Island is the second largest of the Channel Islands of California at 53,195 acres (215.27 km2 or 83.118 sq mi). Santa Rosa is located about 26mi off the coast of Santa Barbara, California in Santa Barbara County and is part of Channel Islands National Park.The terrain consists of rolling hills, deep canyons, and a coastal lagoon. Highest peak is Vail Peak, at 1589ft. The Chumash, a Native American people lived on the Channel Islands at the time of European contact. They called the driftwood wima that washed up on the sandy beaches from the channel currents. The logs were used to build tomols (plank canoes).Recreational activities on Santa Rosa Island include kayaking, camping and hiking. A private boat charter company offers a number of trips to the island year round, and camping reservations can be made through Channel Islands National Park offices in Ventura, California. A year-round charter flight service is available from Camarillo Airport for hikers and campers to Santa Rosa Island. Defined by the United States Census Bureau as Block 3009, Block Group 3, Census Tract 29.10 of Santa Barbara County, California.
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  • September 9, 2017
    The hike was more challenging than I anticipated but we made it to the summit for great views of the island. The weather was overcast but made for great hiking weather. Our guide was terrible but the ...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Santa Rosa Island is amazing! Staying for a few days isn't for everyone but I would encourage you to try. There are no amenities, no stores, and little room for error. Thankfully there were sinks and ...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Stunning vistas, beautiful and peaceful hikes and long white sand beaches with hardly another person in sight. The boat trip out is long - 3 hours for us - but we stopped to watch a blue whale and a p...  more »

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Where to stay in Channel Islands National Park

You can stay inside Channel Islands National Park if you bring your tent and supplies for primitive camping. If you want a roof over your head, you'll be spoiled for choice on the mainland. Oxnard, Ventura, and Carpinteria have plenty of affordable chain hotels, while the accommodations in Santa Barbara tend more toward upscale bed and breakfasts and inns. Places book up in the summer and on holiday weekends, so try to reserve in advance if you visit during these times. Rates also rise during local events and festivals.
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