Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park

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#388 of 528 in Nature in California
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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • It is a trip to get there, but worth the journey. A part of untouched nature. This island bring you into another world, and is further brought to life by the great staff and volunteers that make this place run.
  • Great place to camp, very very very windy. The wind barriers help your tent a little bit. A beautiful island, great beaches.
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