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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). Defined by the United States Census Bureau as Block 3009, Block Group 3, Census Tract 29.10 of Santa Barbara County, California. It is part of Channel Islands National Park. Highest peak is Vail Peak, at 1589ft.Santa Rosa is located about 26mi off the coast of Santa Barbara, California in Santa Barbara County.It is occupied by rolling hills, deep canyons, a coastal lagoon and beaches adorned with sand dunes and driftwood. The Chumash, a Native American people who lived in the Channel Islands at the time of European contact, called the driftwood wima because channel currents brought ashore logs from which they built tomols (plank canoes).There are a variety of recreational activities to take part in on Santa Rosa Island, including 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.
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  • First, most of the time, it is really windy on the island. You need to have the correct equipment or you will dehydrate and end up quickly in a bad way. Good tents that can take wind are a must. Also ...  more »
  • Go! If you are in the LA or Santa Barbara area and love the outdoors, YOU MUST go to the Channel Islands. Untouched beauty all around (once you get on the island which is an hour boat ride from Ventur...  more »
  • Arrived at ship island in 3 hours. Luggage while everyone at Brigade from the ferry, then there is a description of the island by Park Rangers. There are rules to protect wild animals quite fine island and violations will cut ticket. This year El Nino sea surface temperature rises and the good catch shrimp were washed.... It is interesting, even for hordes of sharks and Manta Rays in the Bay. If you go during low tide, marine life looks good. Fox footprints are all over the place, quite likely, nocturnal, so in the middle of the night and not easily visible. Night came to the camp site, is small and cute. Anyway very windy! Sand sand meals every day of the tornado like winds.... It is best to watch the stars clean picky in strong winds, but far from the city. Lobo Canyon is recommended. From the camp site until there's trail road still et al is not is another world from the trail. Seems pretty wide island is also the mini mammoth fossil, so around the trail 3 nights 4 days but can't.
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