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The Best Camping in Channel Islands National Park

Looking for the best camping in Channel Islands National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Channel Islands National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Channel Islands National Park

  • Ventura, California

    Cueva Valdez to Arch Rock Trail

    7.45 mi / 1614 ft gain
    Cueva Valdez to Arch Rock Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Backpack across Santa Cruz Island

    5.0
    15 mi
    To get to Santa Cruz Island you will need to book a ferry with Island Packers.  On their website you can only  book roundtrip tickets in and out of the same location so for this trip you will need to call and book a ferry in to Prisoner's Harbor and out of Scorpion Anchorage. You can call them at...
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  • Ventura, California

    Hike Cueva Valdez to Arch Rock

    7.5 mi / 1715 ft gain
    This hike features amazing ocean views and unparalleled opportunities to see marine life and unique plant vegetation. The trail is open for use year-round, but is best used from March - November.  Santa Cruz Island is the biggest of the Channel Islands. To get there, you will take a boat from Ven...
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  • Ventura, California

    Del Norte and Montanon Trail to Scorpion Campground

    12.58 mi / 2464 ft gain
    Del Norte and Montanon Trail to Scorpion Campground is a point-to-point trail with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean located in Channel Islands National Park, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Santa Cruz Island: Del Norte Campground to Chinese Harbor

    8.09 mi / 1325 ft gain
    Santa Cruz Island: Del Norte Campground to Chinese Harbor is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Scorpion Bay to Cavern Point Loop

    1.69 mi / 269 ft gain
    Scorpion Bay to Cavern Point Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Hike the Potato Harbor Trail on Santa Cruz Island

    5.0
    As California’s largest island, Santa Cruz Island of the Channel Islands is the perfect little getaway from Los Angeles. Getting to the island is possible only by a one hour boat ride through Island Packers, click here to find out more about them. Be sure to pack light since you’ll be carrying ev...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Beach Camp on Santa Rosa Island

    5.0
    19.72 mi / 3097 ft gain
    This adventure is not for the inexperienced. There is a campground on each of the Channel Islands and even camping at Water Canyon on Santa Rosa Island is moderately difficult, especially in the summer. The payoff is one unlike any other on the West Coast. It is an opportunity to backcountry pack...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Hike to East Point via the Coastal Road on Santa Rosa Island

    One could a lifetime exploring, and attempting to describe, the beauty of the Channel Islands National Park and Santa Rosa Island in particular: its wildly diverse terrain, endemic flora and fauna, and also the only of the Islands to allow backcountry beach camping. While the opportunities for di...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Pier to Ford Point on Santa Rosa Island

    19.72 mi / 3097 ft gain
    The trail is open year-round and offers the chance to see incredible ocean views and wildlife. Occasionally, water is available at Clap Springs (a detour off Wreck Road by a couple of miles). Bring all the water you need to drink and cook - recommended 4 liters per day drinking minimum. 
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Hike the East Point Trail

    14.7 mi / 728 ft gain
    The trail will take you through Lobo Canyon and onto a rocky coast. There are great picnic spots all along this rocky cliff. Rock formations line the trail. You can backcountry camp on the beach at the end of the trail, or head back to the trailhead. This trail is open year-round. In the spring, ...
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  • Ventura, California

    East Anacapa Island Trail

    2.46 mi / 295 ft gain
    East Anacapa Island Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Hike the East Anacapa Island Trail

    2.4 mi / 334 ft gain
    To get to Anacapa Island, you must secure passage from Ventura via Channel Islands National Park concessionaire Island Packers. Private boaters are welcome to reserve a campsite, although be aware that there are no moorings available and few protected anchorages on Anacapa's shores.
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  • Carpinteria, California

    Camp at Carpinteria State Beach

    3.7
    There are 2 campgrounds close to Rincón, but Carpinteria State Beach is a little bigger and easier to find a spot. There are 4 campgrounds: Santa Cruz, Anacapa, San Miguel and Santa Rosa. Most of them are RV sites, but if you stay at Santa Cruz Campground you can set your tent right at the beach,...
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  • Carpinteria, California

    Camp and Explore in Santa Cruz Campground

    5.0
    / 4 ft gain
    Santa Cruz Campground is nestled in Carpinteria State Beach, an easy drive from Santa Barbara, Ventura, or the greater LA area. Over a mile of beach front access allows for swimming, surfing, fishing, tide pool exploration, and picnicking.  There is an abundance of wildlife to see: seals, sea lio...
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  • Ventura, California

    Camp at the Water Canyon Campground in the Channel Islands NP

    1.5 mi
    You can get a wonderfully detailed description of what to expect from the Channel Islands/Santa Rosa Island and how to get there from fellow Explorer Michael Wigle's "Beach camp on Santa Rosa Island" adventure (which I highly recommend you check out for the information and the photography https:/...
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