Hiking Santa Cruz Island

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Several trails and roads traverse eastern Santa Cruz Island, providing visitors with spectacular hiking opportunities. These trails and roads range from the maintained, relatively flat, signed trails of Scorpion Valley to the unmaintained, rugged, mountainous paths of the Montañon area.

While visitors may explore the national park property on Santa Cruz Island, no hiking is allowed beyond the national park boundary onto The Nature Conservancy property. The boundary is the property line (marked by a fenceline) between Prisoners Harbor and Valley Anchorage.

For private boat landing information on The Nature Conservancy property, please visit Boating.


Maps and Guides for Download

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  • Santa Cruz Island Hiking Map and Guide: Map not for navigation.
  • Santa Cruz Island Interpretive Guide: Learn about the natural and cultural history of Santa Cruz Island.
  • The Official Channel Islands National Park Mobile App: Enrich your visit to Channel Islands National Park with the official, free app from the National Park Service. Digitally explore the park—by map or by topic of interest. Discover the natural and cultural stories in context with their locations. Find the information you need about visitor centers, events, services, and self-guided tours and trails throughout the park. All data must be downloaded before departing the mainland. There is no reliable cell service or wifi on the islands.
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    Last updated: May 20, 2024

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