Ready to see stunning ocean views, jutting rock cliffs, and wildlife that you can't find anywhere else in the world?

Guide to The Channel Islands National Park

Ready to see stunning ocean views, jutting rock cliffs, and wildlife that you can't find anywhere else in the world? Oxnard visitors can take a quick trip to Channel Islands National Park, located just eleven miles off the coast from Oxnard.

The park is made up of five picturesque islands that are often referred to as the American Galapagos. The untouched landscape is surrounded by the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, which has preserved a breathtaking underwater world full of sea creatures. You can spend the day diving, kayaking, or swimming. Outdoor Union even lists the islands amongst the best camping in California.

If you'd rather spend your day above the ocean, you can hike, camp, walk along sandy beaches, snap pictures along walking trails, eat a picnic lunch, watch birds, or go whale watching. The options are endless.

To help you plan the perfect trip the Channel Islands National Park, here's what you need to know:

Here's a quick look at entrance information:

  • The park is open 24 hours a day.
  • There is no entrance fee.
  • To visit one of the five islands, you'll have to take a boat or plane.
  • There are no services on the islands. No hotels. No restaurants. The islands are untouched by urbanization.
  • You can camp on the islands, but sites are basic. No water is provided. There is a fee to camp.

About Channel Islands National Park

To reach the islands, you'll have to take a boat or a plane. Hop on board a boat with the Island Packers, a park concessionaire boat, to reach any of the five islands.

Times and frequency of trips vary to the islands, so you'll want to plan ahead. For instance, you can travel to Anacapa Island and Santa Cruz Island year round, but trips to the other three islands are less frequent and seasonal.

Boats leave from Ventura and Oxnard Harbors, and travel time to the islands varies between one to three hours. To learn more, check out the Channel Islands National Park website.

You can also travel to Channel Islands National Park by plane. If you decide to take to the sky, you'll want to contact Channel Islands Aviation. They offer flights year round on demand.