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Partial Closure of San Miguel Island Due to Safety Concerns

fallen rocks across a trail

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News Release Date: February 6, 2023

Contact: Jamine Reinhardt, 805-658-5725

All trails and facilities on San Miguel Island, except the sandy beaches of Cuyler Harbor, are closed to the public until emergency repairs can be made to Nidever Canyon Trail.

A rockslide occurred on the Nidever Canyon Trail during the series of storms in January 2023. The trail is the only practical public access point to San Miguel Island. The rockslide occurred at a time when there were no visitors on the island. Large boulders are now blocking the trail and hazardous conditions persist due to continuing erosion.

“The safety of our visitors is a top priority for the park and this closure is necessary to protect the public from potential harm,” said Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Ethan McKinley. “The National Park Service will work diligently to conduct repairs in order to reopen the island as soon as possible.”

This temporary closure will continue until further notice.

map of a harbor with closed text on the trail leading up a  canyon

Last updated: February 6, 2023

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