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Santa Cruz Campground

Scorpion Beach landing, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Santa Cruz Campground
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    5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wylie, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I camped out the second week of February at Scorpion Ranch.It is truly an amazing place and a great place to camp. We took the Island Packers ferry on a Tuesday. We were surprised that we were the only campers on the ferry.More surprising was the fact that there were no other campers in the upper or lower camp grounds!!... More 

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Pasadena, California
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23 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This review is for the Santa Cruz Island campground at the Scorpion landing. Nice campground, as long as you don't mind pit toilets and no showers. We actually liked the upper campground better than the lower campground; both campgrounds are close together. Lower campground is closer to the shore for hauling gear. There is drinking water available. No campfires but... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We took the morning boat from Ventura pier and rented a kayak for the day that was transported with the boat. Camping is on shaded field with lock boxes for food. Clean outhouses, no showers and no other facilities. There is water spigot, drinkable. We had native foxes and large blackbirds in camp. Hiking was easy hills but a lot... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We spent 2 night at the Scorpion Ranch campground and we had a great time. The lower loop campground is about 1/2 mile from the beach/harbor, the upper a bit further away. If you are staying for the night, you will have to help with unloading everybody's stuff from the boat (and help to put it back on the boat... More 

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Irvine, California
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I took my son out to Santa Cruz island for a 10th birthday father/son adventure. We wanted to do something different but not take too big of a risk. Scorpion Ranch campground offers running water and pit toilets - two elements of a camping trip that makes everything easier. The other campgrounds in the park do not have these luxuries.... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My husband and I spent 2 nights at the Scorpion Ranch campground on Santa Cruz Island. The campsites are located about 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile from the pier. At first glance, the campground is nice. It has large campsites and lots of shade trees. The outhouses were fairly clean and well stocked with toilet paper. We soon found out... More 

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Sacramento, California
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

We spent one night at Santa Cruz campground and had a wonderful stay. We enjoyed great snorkeling and saw a huge ray! Took a hike up through the hills in the evening. Believe the ranger when he tells you the ravens can open zippers!!! We thought he was exaggerating. The island foxes have no fear either and it was sad... More 

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

You have to know what you expect when you set out to camp in one of the least visited National Parks in the system. If you're the type that needs flush toilets and a shower, or likes to slip out for Chinese take-out on the second night of your camping trip, you are going to be disappointed. If you're looking... More 

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Orange, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed at the group camp sites located in the upper loop of the Scorpion Camp ground. The upper loop is about 0.8 miles about twice as far from the landing as the lower loop. This was a surprise for some who had expected the shorter walk and brought enough great for a week, The upper camp grounds are great... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

I decided to stay at Scorpion Harbor campground to see what it was like after having camped on Santa Rosa Island and San Miguel Island--both very beautiful and remote. I'd would definitely say that this is the most "family friendly" of the islands, especially if you plan to kayak. There are plenty of trails for kids to explore and the... More 

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