Santa Rosa Island

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Showcasing the characteristic rugged coastlines of the Channel Islands, Santa Rosa Island is a hiker's paradise. With several roads and trails that provide access to much of the island, there are ample opportunities to explore the area. Visitors will enjoy observing abundant marine and terrestrial wildlife such as seals, sea lions, and the snowy plover. The island is also home to the rare Torrey Pine. Varied terrain ranging from mellow beach-side trails to rugged canyon routes, give visitors plenty to choose from.

For more information on Santa Rosa Island, visit the park's website.

Description
A small visitor center is located near the pier and airstrip at Beechers Bay. The trail system on the island incorporates 25 miles of trail and roads. Hikers are asked to stay on trail, and no off-trail travel is permitted. The back beaches and sand dunes including Skunk Point and just north of East Point are closed from March 1 to September 15 to protect the nesting area for the snowy plover.
Visiting Tips
Santa Rosa Island is accessible by boat or by plane. Island Packers offers boat transportation from April through early November, 2-4 days per week. Channel Islands Aviation offers flights year round, on demand. Travel time by boat is approximately 3 hours from Venture Harbor. Flight time from Camarillo Airport is 25 minutes. Please be aware that visitors must climb a steel-rung ladder from the boat to the pier, and that flights land and take off from a dirt airstrip.

For more information, click here.
Camping and Lodging
Primitive camping is available on the island. 15 sites are available. Reservations are required and cost $15 per site per night. A picnic table, food storage box, pit toilet, and potable water are provided.
Maps and Guidebooks
To download a free brochure to help plan your trip, click here.
Food and Drink
There is no food or drink available on the island. Be sure to bring your own food with you. Picnic tables are available at each campsite and at the visitor center.
Other Activities
The waters surrounding the island are ideal for swimming, diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. Fishing is allowed only in designated areas and with a valid California state fishing license with an ocean enhancement stamp. No fishing is allowed in the marine reserve.
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#4 Torrey Pine Road
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