• Scenic View from Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island ©timhaufphotography.com

    Channel Islands

    National Park California

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  • San Miguel Island Closure

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    Santa Barbara Island is closed to public access due to damage from the recent storms to the pier landing ladder. The closure will be in place until a new ladder can be fabricated and installed. The closure is expected to last over a month. More »

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Visitor Centers

visitor center

The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center
at Channel Islands National Park

1901 Spinnaker Drive

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 658-5730

The visitor center features a bookstore, a display of marine aquatic life, and exhibits featuring the unique character of each park island. Visitors also will enjoy the 25-minute park movie, “A Treasure in the Sea,” shown throughout the day in the auditorium (closed-caption film available upon request).

The fully accessible visitor center is open 8:30 am until 5 pm daily. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving and December 25th.

On weekends and holidays at 11 am and 3 pm rangers offer a variety of free public programs about the resources of the park. Click here for programs and events scheduled at the visitor center.

Click here for directions to the Robert J. Largomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park.

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Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center

113 Harbor Way 4th Floor

Santa Barbara, CA 93001

(805) 884-1475


The Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center not only has one of the best views of Santa Barbara, but also offers visitors exhibits and information about Channel Islands National Park, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and the City of Santa Barbara. Open 11 am until 4 pm daily.

Click here for directions to the Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center.

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Island Visitor Contact Stations

Visitor contact stations are located on Santa Barbara and Anacapa Islands. These stations offer exhibits and information on the resources of each island.

As of October 2005, planning is underway to open a visitor contact station in a historic house at Scorpion Ranch on Santa Cruz Island. Please check back here for updates on this project.

Click here for information on visiting the islands.

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Did You Know?

Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island

Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island is one of the world’s largest known sea caves. The cave measures 1215 feet in length (the size of more than four football fields), has a 160 foot entrance, and is almost 100 feet wide.