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Santa Cruz Island Scorpion Canyon Campground

15 Reviews

About This Campground

Camping is available year round on all five islands in Channel Islands National Park in National Park Service-managed campgrounds. There is currently one established campground on each island: above the Landing Cove on Santa Barbara, on the east islet of Anacapa, at Scorpion Canyon on Santa Cruz,…

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Dispersed
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Water Hookups

Access

  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike In
    Hike a trail to your campsite
  • Boat In
    Boat to your campsite

Reviews

15 Reviews of Santa Cruz Island Scorpion Canyon Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Jonathan G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2020

Remote but easy to get to

What a fantastic getaway! The Channel Islands offer some of the most remote camping, and it's easy to do. Plus, the weather is moderate, and you don't have to worry about wildlife much. You do have to carry your gear from the boat to the site, but it's very manageable even if you have coolers,…

Meesh C.
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2019

Beautiful get away

Santa Cruz Island is a beautiful place to get away. We practically had the campground to ourselves. The campground is in good shape. There are yellow jackets swarming each water spigot but they don’t prevent you from filling up and they go away at night. It was very windy; lots of dirt blew into…

Andrea R.
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2019

Bring your camera!

This place is amazing! First take a small ferry to the island, then you walk about a 1/4 to a1/2 mile from the dock to the campsite. These sites are reservable! Only $15 a night. There are water spigots, vault toilets, picnic tables and for storage boxes. There is a ton of wildlife on the island. A…

Location

Santa Cruz Island Scorpion Canyon Campground is located in California

Directions

Boat transportation can be arranged with Island Packers from Ventura Harbor. To park headquarters in Ventura, Ca: exit Highway 101, at Victoria or Seaward to Ventura Harbor.

Coordinates

34.04824473 N
119.56159775 W

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About This Campground

Camping is available year round on all five islands in Channel Islands National Park in National Park Service-managed campgrounds. There is currently one established campground on each island: above the Landing Cove on Santa Barbara, on the east islet of Anacapa, at Scorpion Canyon on Santa Cruz, at Water Canyon on Santa Rosa, and above Cuyler Harbor on San Miguel. No camping is allowed on The Nature Conservancy's western 76 percent of Santa Cruz Island. Limited backcountry camping is available on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands. Please refer to the Backcountry Camping for more information.

Fantastic ocean views and relaxing beach time is practically guaranteed at Scorpion Santa Cruz island camping, the most family-friendly campsite on Santa Cruz Island. Set on the eastern part of the island, Scorpion is a short hike from the pier and is sheltered from harsh ocean winds. The largest of Californias Channel Islands, Santa Cruz is rich in cultural history, magnificent landscapes, and unique flora and fauna. The Chumash Native American Indians inhabited the island for 9,000 years, and Europeans have explored and ranched on the island for a few centuries. Remnants of ancient villages can be explored throughout the area. Additionally, 600 plant species, 140 land birds, 11 land mammals and a handful of amphibians and reptiles call the island their home. The island fox and spotted skunk are exciting finds, as theyre 100% unique to the island. Natural Features: Scorpions beaches are a mix of sand and rocks, and face the Santa Barbara Channel. Its one of the five islands that make up the Channel Islands National Park, and the altitude ranges from sea level to 2500 ft. at its rugged mountain peaks. Recreation: An ultra-fun activity is ocean kayaking. Kayak novices should hire a guide, and kayak rentals need to be arranged before arriving on the island. Whether boating around the island or simply perched on the beach, look out over the Pacific for a chance to spot whales, seals, sea lions and dolphins. For camping, fishing, kayaking and private boating information, contact Channel Islands National Park at 805-658-5730 or www.nps.gov/chis. Facilities: Scorpion offers 25 campsites and 6 group sites. Access to the island is by Island Packers Cruises or by private boat. Note that no landings are available at the pier. You must anchor off-shore and skiff in. Nearby Attractions: Hiking options are unlimited and offer spectacular coastal views. Try the Potato Harbor hike for views of the islands mountain peaks, the southern California coastline and a potato-shaped harbor. This popular hike takes you past antique ranching equipment and old buildings for a taste of island history. For more advanced hikers, tackle the 14-mile hike from Scorpion to Prisoners Cove. Expect to trudge through areas with your hands and feet.

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