Channel Islands National Park

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  • 1. Santa Cruz Island


    Five miles west of Anacapa, 96-square-mile Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the Channel Islands. The National Park Service manages the easternmost...Read More

  • 2. Anacapa Island


    Most people think of Anacapa as an island, but it's actually comprised of three narrow islets. Although the tips of these volcanic formations...Read More

  • 3. Channel Islands Live Program

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Want a cool sneak preview of the islands and the colorful sea life below? Experience them virtually through the Channel Islands Live Program...Read More

  • 4. Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center

    Information Center

    The park's Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center has a museum, a bookstore, and a three-story observation tower with telescopes. The museum's...Read More

  • 5. Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center

    Information Center

    The small office in the Santa Barbara Harbor provides maps and other information about Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National...Read More

  • 6. Picnic Areas


    Picnic tables are available on all the islands except San Miguel. You can also picnic on some of the beaches of Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and...Read More

  • 7. San Miguel Island


    The westernmost of the Channel Islands, San Miguel Island is frequently battered by storms sweeping across the North Pacific. The 15-square...Read More

  • 8. Santa Barbara Island


    At about 1 square mile, Santa Barbara Island is the smallest of the Channel Islands and nearly 35 miles south of the others. Triangular in shape...Read More

  • 9. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center


    A branch of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Sea Center specializes in Santa Barbara Channel marine life and conservation. It...Read More

  • 10. Santa Rosa Island


    Between Santa Cruz and San Miguel, Santa Rosa is the second largest of the Channel Islands. The terrain along the coast varies from broad, sandy...Read More

  • 11. Tidepool Talk


    Explore the area's marine habitat without getting your feet wet. Rangers at the Channel Islands Visitor Center demonstrate how animals and plants...Read More

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