Santa Cruz Island Photo Gallery
Historic Jamestowne Part of Colonial National Historical Park
Numerous reliable streams, such as in Canada de la Siesta, flow year-round on the island, creating magnificent waterfalls, pools and oases for riparian plants and wildlife.
Approximately 2,000 Chumash lived on Santa Cruz Island at the time of the first European exploration in 1542. Their extensive trade system with the mainland and manufacturing of shell-bead money helped them survive with limited resources.