Adventure There. Land Here.
Find adventure in the heart of California’s central coast; Oxnard is your departure point for adrenaline junkies, nature lovers and seafaring explorers alike. Cradled by majestic mountains and nestled betwixt lush forests, the Oxnard plains extend to the ocean’s edge – a charming beachfront town within reach of a wealth of diverse wilderness experiences. Make the trip to the stunning coastal city of Oxnard, California – and, enjoy all Ventura County has to offer.
Outdoor Adventure at your Fingertips:
- Channel Islands Harbor
- Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary
- Channel Islands National Park
- Point Mugu State Park
- Los Padres National Forest
- Paradise Falls/Wildwood Regional Park
- Topanga State Park
- Chesebro and Palo Comado Canyon
- Santa Monica National Recreation Area
- Angeles National Forest
- Carrizo Plain National Monument
Every Adventure Needs a Basecamp
Set up home base before setting out to explore all that SoCal has to offer. Oxnard is perfectly situated between geographically diverse expanses of land. Spend the night in Oxnard, and rise with the sun to enjoy breathtaking hiking/backpacking trails in the Los Padres or Angeles Forests. Jump on your mountain bike, and cycle some of California’s famous trails; or, scale our rock-covered mountains for a jolt of adrenaline. Thrill-seekers can even go skydiving in our neighboring city to the southeast. Or, hit the trails on horseback if your vibe is a little more low-key.
At the close of your fun-filled day, treat yourself to a delicious dinner at one of the dozen restaurants at The Collection at RiverPark before catching a comedy show at Levity Live, where some of the country’s most famous comics like Patton Oswalt, Wayne Brady, George Lopez and even Bob Saget have performed. Wake up refreshed, and walk to the beach to enjoy our year-round fantastic weather; then, set sail on a boating excursion to one of our Channel Islands National Parks. Nicknamed North America’s Galapagos, the National Park’s waters are teaming with life and are the perfect place to go sportfishing, snorkeling, or scuba diving through kelp forests.
With everything you need within a short driving distance, or just steps away, settling in here just makes sense. Hang your hat at one of our many comfortable hotels such as Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, or Best Western Oxnard Inn. Or if you are looking for something more extravagant, indulge in a relaxing stay at Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort, where you can wake up to Pacific Ocean views and luxuriate at their spa before going golfing at the River Ridge Golf Club.
With Oxnard as your base camp, you have a launch pad for dozens of exciting outdoor activities, most within less than two hours’ driving distance. Whatever your preference may be, we have activities everyone can enjoy right in our back yard. But don’t take our word for it: come and see the adventures within reach when you choose to stay in beautiful Oxnard.
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Nestled in Oxnard, the Channel Islands Harbor is your one stop destination for an exciting day on the water. Rent a kayak or paddle board and tour around the beautiful and peaceful harbor before stopping for lunch at one of the many delicious restaurants that surround it. The harbor also offers a dive center as well as many different boat charters. Fishing enthusiasts can set sail on a sport fishing excursion, or you can begin your journey to one of the five Channel Islands here. During the months of December through April there are daily whale watching trips that offer you a rare chance to see seven different whale species! For more information click here. Directions to the harbor can be found here.
Distance from Oxnard: Embark from Channel Islands Harbor
The coasts off Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are teeming with life and home to stellar views and endless fun. We have some of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world which are home to many diverse species and an endless labyrinth of kelp forests. Grab your snorkel or your dive mask and explore our waters which have been dubbed North America’s Galapagos. Hop in a kayak and float around next to dolphins playing in the waves. Or, enjoy the immense history of the sanctuary that is a special place to the Chumash people and dotted with areas where artifacts have been found, including the remains of a human dating back approximately 13,000 years! For more information and a map of the sanctuary click here.
Distance from Oxnard: Embark from Channel Islands Harbor
Channel Islands National Park is a cluster of five islands that dot the coast of southern California. After being isolated for thousands of years the islands are home to many unique species not found anywhere else in the world. (That’s why it’s often referred to as “North America’s Galapagos”!) Dive off the coast, hike along pristine trails looking for bald eagle nests, or camp year-round on any of the islands. For an added treat take your trip anywhere between December through April for a chance to see whales along their annual migration through the channel! Boats leave from the Channel Island and Ventura harbors daily. For more information about the islands click here. To reserve a slot on an Island Packers boat, click here. Directions can be found here.
Distance from Oxnard: 25 Miles
Drive along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, then set up your tent or RV by some of California’s most stunning coastlines and enjoy a stay in paradise. The area includes more than 70 miles of hiking trails along the hillsides, and is an ideal place to go windsurfing, surf fishing or just kick back and stick your toes in the sand. Don’t forget to stop along the way to slide down the areas iconic giant sand dune across from Thornhill beach nestled against the mountainside on your way to your campground! It will be fun for the whole family. For more information or to reserve your RV or campsite click here. Beach lots are open 8AM-sunset and campground gates are open 8AM-10PM daily.
Distance from Oxnard: 26 Miles
Located in the Santa Ynez mountains, the Los Padres National Forest is a 1.75-million-acre area filled with lush forests, chaparral environments, grasslands, and in some areas costal views. perfect for hiking day trips or extended backpacking/camping excursions. Ranger station hours are Monday-Friday 8:00-12:00PM and 1:00-4:30 PM. For more information call (805)968-6640 or click here to visit their website. For directions click here.
Distance from Oxnard: 25 Miles (hwy 101)
Ride the secret mountain biking trails featured in Mountain Bike Action Magazine in the beautiful Conejo Valley. Once littered with now-dormant volcanos that can only be seen from some of the higher elevation mountain biking trails, take your mountain bike adventures to a new level. Or for those who prefer to set out on foot, take a hike through lush oak and sycamore lined trails to the stunningly beautiful Paradise Falls, a forty-foot water fall into a large pool-a great place to cool off after a long day of hiking! For more information on biking trails click here. For directions to the park click here. The park is open 7:00 AM to dusk daily.
Distance from Oxnard: 45 Miles
Topanga State Park is home for 36 miles of trails through oak trees, and beautiful open grasslands overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This park will be offering docent walks from January 1 through June 30 for those who would like a guided hike. The free hikes begin at Trippet Ranch at 10 AM and end at noon. For those who decide to explore on their own there are many different paths through many different environments that are sure to take you on a worthwhile adventure. After your hike stop through the visitor center to visit their museum with exhibits on the human and natural history of the park. For more information click here. Visitors Center is open Sundays 10 AM-3Pm January 1- July 30, parking lots are open 8AM-sunset.
Distance from Oxnard: 37 Miles (hwy 101)
Take a leisurely hike, bike, or horse ride along the beautiful golden hills and canyons of Cheesebro and Palo Comado trails. Walk a long stunning chaparral, coastal sage scrub environments to the Sulphur hot springs or Simi Peak, the top of a hill that offers unparalleled views of the cities. Birders and Nature lovers should be sure to bring their binoculars because this rocky terrain is an ideal nesting place for birds of prey such as owls and hawks and deer, rabbits, coyotes and even bobcats have been seen. For more information click here. For directions to the canyon click here.
Distance from Oxnard: 37 Miles (hwy 1)
Dive into nature and some of California’s history by visiting the Santa Monica National recreation area in the mountains of Malibu. Hike the famous Backbone Trail, open two Saturdays a month January-April, or explore history by attending lectures and visiting old Native American Villages. Or for the movie buffs come see where numerous films were shot at the Paramount Ranch. Visitor Center is open daily 9:00AM-5:00PM, directions to visitor center is listed below. For more information click here to view their website. For directions click here.
Distance from Oxnard: 70 Miles
Established in 1892, the Angeles National Forest has been a nature retreat for many living in the metropolitan area of Los Angeles. With a diverse landscape ranging from dense chaparral slopes covered in pine and fir trees this forest offers equestrian riders, hikers and even fisherman a unique place to unwind. Although there are currently some closures do to storms, short cut roads should be reopening soon. The Recreation center is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM- 4:30PM. For more information click here to view their website. For directions click here.
Distance from Oxnard: 100 Miles
Although it has shrunk considerably in the past three hundred years due to urbanization, Carrizo Plain National Park is still one of the most beautiful and wild landscapes in California. This deep valley is home to sprawling grasslands, painted rock, beautiful mountain views and the largest remaining natural alkali wetland in Southern California. When conditions are right this peaceful valley region becomes a sea of wildflowers during the spring and early summer months. For more information click here to visit Carrizo Plain’s website. For direction click here.
More Outdoor Adventure Itineraries
To ignite your inner thrill-seeker we've prepped a handful of high-charged itineraries that even the most adventurous will appreciate. Take a look at these sample days and get your blood pumping!
Channel Islands Harbor
Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary
Channel Islands National Park
Point Mugu State Park
Los Padres National Forest
Paradise Falls/Wildwood Regional Park
Topanga State Park
Cheesebro & Palo Comado Canyon
Santa Monica National Recreation Area
Angeles National Forest
Carrizo Plain National Monument