Channel Islands Getaways

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Comprised of five of the eight California Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally, and internationally, significant natural and cultural resources. Anacapa, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz Islands are administered by the National Park Service; San Miguel, by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service.

Over 2,000 terrestrial plants and animals can be found within the park. However only four mammal species are endemic to the islands, one of which is the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) which is known to carry the sin nombre hantavirus. One hundred and forty-five of these species are unique to the islands and found nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the endangered blue whale, the largest animal to live on earth. Archeological and cultural resources span a period of more than 10,000 years. The park consists of 249,353 acres, half of which are under the ocean, and include the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara. Even though the islands seem tantalizingly close to the densely populated, southern California coast, their isolation has left them relatively undeveloped, making them an exciting place for visitors to explore and find solitude.

Channel Islands National Park contains a visitor center on the mainland in Ventura, California, as well as small visitor centers on Anacapa and Santa Barbara Islands. The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center lies on the mainland and provides the visitor with interpretive programs, a movie about the park, a tide pool display, native plant garden, bookstore and island exhibits. The facility is fully accessible and offers a picnic area overlooking the Ventura Harbor.
,br>On Anacapa Island (699 acres) you'll find hiking trails, a visitor center, lighthouse exhibits, primitive campground and picnic area. The site offers opportunities for SCUBA diving, snorkeling, bird watching, fishing and observing marine mammals.

Santa Barbara Island (639 acres) has five miles of hiking trails, a visitor center, and picnic area. It offers visitors opportunities for hiking, bird watching, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, fishing and marine-mammal observation.

San Miguel Island (9,325 acres) has miles of hiking trails and beaches. The island supports activities such as Ranger-led hikes, marine-mammal observation, beach exploration and bird watching.

Santa Rosa Island (52,794 acres) has hiking trails and and offers beach exploration, wildlife observation, ranger-led hikes, vehicle tours and kayak beach-camping.

Santa Cruz Island (60,645 acres) is owned by the Nature Conservancy. The National Park Service owns the eastern ten percent, where visitors may observe wildlife, hike and explore the newest addition to the park. Marine Resources include 125,000 acres and extend one mile from the islands' shoreline. The park's waters offer a full range of activities including sailing, power boating, fishing, SCUBA diving/snorkeling, surfing, wildlife observation and bird watching.

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