Just miles off the coast of Los Angeles lies a wilderness oasis: Channel Islands National Park. The “national park” in Channel Islands National Park has ensured that it remains a wild place where dozens of endemic species can survive with little human impact.
The weather on Channel Islands can be fickle, and we saw some of that during our four-day camping trip to Santa Cruz in February. But we also saw amazing sea caves, aquatic wildlife, tricky island foxes, and a truly preserved California gem.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, A Sanctuary for All
- Our Video Highlights
- Our podcast episode, Big City Getaways
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Take the ferry out to an island for a day trip or an overnight camping
- Get onto the water in a kayak to paddle through sea caves
- Hike a trail to get a better perspective of the islands
- Plan ahead to camp on the island. Bring everything you need – there are no services!
- Hike a longer trail, like Smuggler’s Cove on Santa Cruz
- Visit a lesser-known island like San Miguel or Santa Barbara
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.