SANTA ROSA ISLAND, CA

Bountiful beauty covers Santa Rosa Island with 53,000 acres of rolling grassy hills, deep canyons and white sand beaches. Santa Rosa is the second largest island of California's Channel Islands, and is part of the Channel Islands National Park. The island landforms support a diverse...
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Know Before You Go
  • Transportation arrangements to island are required before making campsite reservation
  • Campsites must be reserved prior to arrival on the island.
  • 1.5 mile hike to campground, must carry all gear.
  • Primitive camping. Bring low profile tents and extra food for weather delays.
  • Be prepared for fog and wind.
  • Food storage lockers available.
  • Smoking allowed only on beaches or piers.
  • 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 charcoal or BBQ allowed.
  • Firearms or fireworks not allowed on the island
  • No fishing in state marine reserves. California fishing license required.
  • Due to strong winds, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, diving are limited and require expert abilities.
  • For a few months each year, Vail and Vickers operate a private hunt for stocked deer and elk. During these hunting periods, hiking may be restricted in certain areas. Please check with island personnel before hiking and be aware of the hunting operation.
  • Hantavirus in mice, take precautions to reduce exposure to rodents.
  • Upon arrival, meet ranger (if available) at beach, landing dock, or campground. Please have confirmation letter or receipt with you.
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    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

    Bountiful beauty covers Santa Rosa Island with 53,000 acres of rolling grassy hills, deep canyons and white sand beaches. Santa Rosa is the second largest island of California's Channel Islands, and is part of the Channel Islands National Park. The island landforms support a diverse array of plant and animal species including six plant species found nowhere on earth but Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa also hosts over 100 bird and three land mammal species, including the endemic island fox.

    Remains of an ancient species like the pygmy mammoth have been uncovered on Santa Rosa Island. These miniature mammoths, reaching just four to six ft. tall, roamed the island's grasslands and forests during the Pleistocene Age. The island has rich archeological resources as well. It is home to thousands of significant archeological sites of the Chumash Native Americans, who inhabited the island until 1820.

    Natural Features:

    Santa Rosa has a landscape of remarkable contrasts. High mountains with deeply cut canyons give way to gently rolling grass-covered hills, extensive beaches, and coastal wetlands. The altitude ranges from sea level to 2,000 feet.

    Recreation:

    Hiking options seem limitless and the coastline extends for miles, providing many beaches. Back country beach camping is available for part of the year, but the camping season varies. Take a stroll through the diverse landscapes and discover some of the island's 500 plant types, including six plant species that are unique to Santa Rosa. Among these plants is a variety of the Torrey pine, a rare, ancient pine tree.

    Facilities:

    Santa Rosa is a true rural getaway from the highly developed coast of southern California. It's for dedicated backcountry hikers, campers and fishermen. The pier is on the north part of the island.

    Nearby Attractions:

    Access to a highly recommended beach, Water Canyon Beach, is just over a mile from the Bechers Bay pier. The sandy beach lies on the northeastern shore of the island. Bechers Bay is a destination in itself, with buildings and equipment at the historic Vail and Vickers ranch.

    Booking Window
    Sat Jul 26 2014 - Mon Jan 26 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
    • Beach Camping
    • Boating
    • Drinking Water
    • Educational Programs
    • Flush Toilets
    • Food Storage Locker
    • Picnic Area
    • Showers
    • Swimming
    • Wind Shelters
    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):
    33.95, -120.1
    33°57'0"N, 120°6'0"W

    To park headquarters in Ventura, California: Highway 101, exit Victoria or Seaward to Ventura Harbor.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    SANTA ROSA ISLAND
    1901 Spinnaker Drive
    Ventura  CA  93001

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (805)658-5730