Activities and Amenities
SANTA ROSA ISLAND, CA
part ofChannel Islands National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewBountiful 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
To park headquarters in Ventura, California: Highway 101, exit Victoria or Seaward to Ventura Harbor.
Mailing Address:SANTA ROSA ISLAND
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura CA 93001
Phone Number:Information: (805)658-5730