The National Park Service is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:
Open: All islands are open for day and overnight visits. Park boat concessioner Island Packers has resumed trips to the islands, including to Scorpion Anchorage. The park's campgrounds and visitor centers are open.
While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Santa Barbara Island Closed
EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER CN#23-01
Heavy sea conditions during the most recent storm caused damage to the Santa Barbara Island wharf, associated buildings, and infrastructure. As a result, Santa Barbara Island is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.
The wharf dock was damaged during the recent storm cycle due to the heavy sea state. The Landing Cove Wharf is the only practical public access point to Santa Barbara Island. This temporary closure, which begins January 6, 2023, will ensure the safety of the public and park employees.
Partial Closure of San Miguel Island
EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER CN#23-02
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.
Public Closures on Santa Rosa Island
Prevent Introduction of Non-Native Species
Pursuant to the Authority of the Superintendent under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 1.5 (a)(1)&(2) and section 2.1(a)(2) the following public use restrictions are imposed on the aforementioned area, to prevent introduction of non-native species and use of unauthorized motorized vehicles and bicycles.
Therefore the following types of items shall not be transported or delivered to any island within Channel Islands National Park:
Pursuant to CFR title 36 1.5 (c) - Determination - this restriction action is necessitated for the protection of the islands unique values, ecological systems and protection of breeding populations of marine mammals, endangered species of seabirds, eagles, islands foxes and other unique and rare species of flora and fauna inhabiting the Channel Islands National Park. Less restrictive measures would have the potential for introduction of non-native species that could adversely effect many species and/or endanger the islands ecosystems. Additionally the unauthorized vehicle and bicycle use would pose significant safety risks and adversely affect visitor experience and park values.
Federal Land Passes No Longer Available for Sale
As of July 1, 2015, Channel Islands National Park will no longer sell federal lands passes. The federal lands passes, including versions for seniors, active military, and the disabled, cover entrance fees at national parks and other federal lands. There is no fee to enter Channel Islands National Park.
All federal land passes can be obtained or purchased at parks that charge an entrance fee. Also, most passes can be purchased either online, by phone or by mail—more information is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
Annual passes are also available at most REI locations and on Amazon's website.
Military passes must be obtained in person and are available locally at Los Padres National Forest headquarters in Ojai and Santa Barbara or Angeles National Forest headquarters in Arcadia. It is recommended you call ahead before you purchase your pass at these locations.
Last updated: February 3, 2023