SANTA CRUZ DEL NORTE BACKCOUNTRY, CA

For a truly remote getaway full of backpacking and breathtaking scenery, take a backcountry trip to Santa Cruz Island's Del Norte campground. On the way, find nesting seabirds, sea lions and seals, and many other animals and plants on the island. The landscape varies from pine...
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Know Before You Go
  • Boat transportation arrangements to island required before making campsite reservation.
  • Campsites must be reserved prior to arrival on the island.
  • This is a hike-in only facility, requiring a 3-4 mile arduous hike. Must carry all gear to campground.
  • Primitive camping, pit toilets, no shelters. Bring low profile tents, own water, toilet paper, and extra food for weather delays.
  • Bring garbage bags to pack out trash.
  • Food storage lockers available.
  • Smoking allowed only at beach or pier.
  • To protect resources, no cardboard or corrugated boxes can be brought to the island.
  • No stores or services on island.
  • No pets or vehicles allowed.
  • No fires, camp stoves only.
  • No fishing in state marine reserves. California fishing license and ocean enhancement sticker required.
  • Hantavirus in mice, take precautions to reduce exposure to rodents.
  • Upon arrival, meet ranger (if available) at landing dock. Please have confirmation letter or receipt with you.
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    Nonspecific+ TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 4
    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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    Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
    +When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
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    Overview

    Overview

    For a truly remote getaway full of backpacking and breathtaking scenery, take a backcountry trip to Santa Cruz Island's Del Norte campground. On the way, find nesting seabirds, sea lions and seals, and many other animals and plants on the island. The landscape varies from pine forests, to grasslands and marshes. Chaparral, a region of shrubland, unique to California, also decorates the rolling hills.

    How did the island get its name? Legend has it that in 1769, a Spanish priest accidentally left his cross-tipped staff on the island. A Chumash Indian found it and returned the staff to its rightful owner. The Spaniards were so impressed that they named the island after the good deed: the Island of the Sacred Cross.

    Natural Features:

    Del Norte is nestled in a shaded oak grove and provides scenic views of the island's pristine coastline. Santa Cruz boasts two rugged mountain ranges that climb above 2000 ft., a sweeping valley, deep canyons, and year-round springs and streams. To top it off, it's bordered by 77 miles of coastline cliffs, beaches, tide pools, and sea caves.

    Recreation:

    Explore the backcountry with lots of hiking and fishing. Ocean sports like snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming are possible, but due to high swells and strong currents, these activities are recommended for experts only.

    Dedicated hikers can challenge themselves with the 16-mile Prisoners to Scorpion hike. The hike is best done over two days, making Del Norte an ideal stopping point for the night. Much of the hike is drenched in sunshine, so be sure to pack plenty of water.

    Facilities:

    The campsite is truly primitive and designed for seasoned backpackers. Entry to the site requires a strenuous three to four-mile uphill hike, and you must carry in your own camping gear, food, and water.

    Booking Window
    Sat Aug 30 2014 - Sat Feb 28 2015

    Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Boating
    • Hiking
    • Picnic Area
    • Pit Toilets
    • Swimming
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Jan 01 2014 -
    Dec 31 2014
    TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00
    Peak Season
    Jan 01 2015 -
    Dec 31 2015
    TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    34.01083, -119.66028
    34°0'39"N, 119°39'37"W

    To park headquarters in Ventura, CA HIGHWAY 101, exit Victoria or SEAWARD to Ventura Harbor.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    SANTA CRUZ DEL NORTE BACKCOUNTRY
    1901 Spinnaker Drive
    Ventura  CA  93001

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (805)658-5730