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Scorpion Beach landing, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Santa Cruz Campground
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
33 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
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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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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 reviews 4 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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Burbank, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

For under $20 a night plus your round-trip boat fare through Island Packers, you can stay here and be away from all of the hustle-bustle of Los Angeles/the world. There is a solar powered visitor center that gives you history of the Island's natives, the subsequent ranch and the restoration project. Trails throughout the island provide wonderful views, Be prepared... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2005

Santa Cruz Island is one of the hidden treasures of southern california. It isn't often that an island 3 times the size of manhattan sits untouched within miles of a major city. Most people in Southern California haven't heard of it and almost no one has visited. I stayed at the santa cruz campground over the july 4th holiday in... More

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Address: Scorpion Beach landing, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Channel Islands National Park
Also Known As:
Santa Cruz Campground Hotel Channel Islands National Park

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