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Santa Cruz Campground

Scorpion Beach landing, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Simi Valley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

I just went to the Island for the first time (Oct 2015). I spent several summers on Catalina in Boy Scout camp and have been to Anacapa. I have fished the area around Channel islands many times. This time I was with our local Boy Scout Troop. We had a group of 29. I wrote a review for Channel Island... More 

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2 Thank Ted M
Torrance, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Campsites are fine. Toilets are clean and there is running water, but no other facilities available. Outfitters for Kayaking and snorkeling are there but you must book with them prior to going. Kayaking was great! Not a lot to do on the island other than a few hikes.

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1 Thank boliviano39
Wylie, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 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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8 Thank Paintczar
Pasadena, California
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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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3 Thank James L
Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 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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7 Thank Bonnie B
San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 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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18 Thank MDagmar
Irvine, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 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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22 Thank CSNBR
Chula Vista, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 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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10 Thank worldtraveller2801
Sacramento, California
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111 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 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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6 Thank Sacha_L
Philadelphia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 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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