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a National Park with a varied human history

this park didn't become one until 1986. It's the second largest island in the National Park that... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2018
Marion W
Seattle, Washington
Get here if you can.......

We flew out to the island with Channel Islands Air (CIA....yeah, sounds ominous). Empty... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2018
Warsaw, Poland
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Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

this park didn't become one until 1986. It's the second largest island in the National Park that was home to the Chumash natives as well as cattle ranchers. This is also one of 3 locations where they have found the remains of an ancient endemic...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marion W
Reviewed October 26, 2018

We flew out to the island with Channel Islands Air (CIA....yeah, sounds ominous). Empty, beautiful, cliff top dirt runway. Great surf. Wonderful hiking and pine trees. Rare to be someplace with so few people. It isn't cheap, but it is worth it. Check about taking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank KansaTraveller
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Awesome little island off the coast. The boat ride each way is about 3 hours, so kind of long, but was still a fun part of the experience. Once at the island, we unfortunately only had 3 hours to spend there, did a short guided...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

For those who have never been to the Channel Islands, Santa Rosa is not the place to start, it is farther out, windier, and the distance means less time on the island. For those who have been to the neared Anacapa or Santa Cruz, a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Paul M
Reviewed September 9, 2017

The hike was more challenging than I anticipated but we made it to the summit for great views of the island. The weather was overcast but made for great hiking weather. Our guide was terrible but the scenery made up for it.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed July 26, 2017 via mobile

Santa Rosa Island is amazing! Staying for a few days isn't for everyone but I would encourage you to try. There are no amenities, no stores, and little room for error. Thankfully there were sinks and flush toilets. Some of the nicest in the entire...More

Date of experience: July 2017
7  Thank mikehikes42
Reviewed July 26, 2017 via mobile

Stunning vistas, beautiful and peaceful hikes and long white sand beaches with hardly another person in sight. The boat trip out is long - 3 hours for us - but we stopped to watch a blue whale and a pod of 100+ common dolphin and...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Laura D
Reviewed May 27, 2017

On day two of our trip to the Channel Islands we were able to visit Santa Rosa Island. It took a little longer to get out there, but it was worth the trip. We were only able to walk the Cherry Canyon trail, but it...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed May 23, 2016

First, most of the time, it is really windy on the island. You need to have the correct equipment or you will dehydrate and end up quickly in a bad way. Good tents that can take wind are a must. Also the foxes are everywhere...More

Date of experience: May 2016
11  Thank rawills5339
Reviewed March 24, 2016

Go! If you are in the LA or Santa Barbara area and love the outdoors, YOU MUST go to the Channel Islands. Untouched beauty all around (once you get on the island which is an hour boat ride from Ventura Harbor). Hiking, camping, kayaking await....More

Date of experience: March 2016
7  Thank Sondra M
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