Last updated: August 1, 2014
Santa Rosa Island Photo Gallery
Images from Santa Rosa Island.
Prior to the removal of cattle from the island in the late 1990s, the Vaquero II, a shallow-drafted, floating cattle pen, would tie up to the pier in Becher's Bay to brings cattle onto the island each fall and take them off each spring and summer. Today, the National Park Service and visitors use this pier to access the island.
Rangers often lead nature hikes in Lobo Canyon, a beautiful vegetated area with a year-round stream surrounded by majestic wind-and water-sculpted sandstone cliffs.
At the mouth of Lobo Canyon and throughout the island, diverse marine ecosystems support red and purple urchins, bat stars, and corynactus anemones.
Numerous archeological sites, such as this midden, or refuse pile, indicate that the Chumash depended heavily on the island’s abundant marine resources for survival.