|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – June 2008
After nearly two centuries of ecological havoc wreaked by invasive species, the gem of Channel Islands National Park is becoming a paradise again. ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Watch a video and see two photo galleries from the island.
You'll have Santa Cruz Island to yourself (and soak up the fairest weather) from October to April.
Island Packers ($60 roundtrip for campers, islandpackers.com) runs daily trips from Ventura to Santa Cruz Island.
Aquasports has led Santa Cruz Island paddling trips for 24 years ($175/person/day, islandkayaking.com).
Campsites ($15/night) are open year-round on all five islands in CINP. Check availability at reserveamerica.com.
From Los Angeles, take US 101 north 62 miles to Victoria Ave. in Ventura. Exit left, and head 0.8 mile to Olivas Park Drive. Make a right and motor 2.3 miles to Spinnaker Drive. Island Packers and the Channel Island National Park visitor center are down on the right.