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Santa Cruz Island Campout

  • 01 Sep 2017
  • 11:00 AM
  • 04 Sep 2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • Channel Islands National Park
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  • Includes a one year membership (chapter of your choice).

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Great Outdoors San Diego & Santa Barbara/Ventura


Santa Cruz Island Campout

September 1 - 4, 2017 

(4 days, 3 nights)

Join us for a fun, full gay weekend! 

2007 Great Outdoors Trip to Santa Cruz Island (pictured above).

Breathtaking ocean views and relaxing beach time is practically guaranteed at Scorpion Canyon Campground, join your friends of Great Outdoors as we return to this classic get away. Set on the eastern part of the island, the campground is a short hike from the pier and is sheltered from harsh ocean winds.

The largest of California's Channel Islands, Santa Cruz Island is one of the five islands that make up the Channel Islands National Park. The island is rich in cultural history, magnificent landscapes, and unique flora and fauna. Native American Indians inhabited the island for over 10,000 years and Europeans explored and ranched on the island for over  150 years. Over 600 plant species, 140 land birds, 11 land mammals and a handful of amphibians and reptiles call the island their home. The island fox and island scrub-jay are exciting finds, as they're unique to the island, found nowhere else in the world.  

This fantastic joint trip between the San Diego and Santa Barbara/Ventura chapters will begin on Friday, September 1st mid-day (12:00 PM noon departure) and will conclude on Monday, September 4th in the early evening (5 PM return to Ventura harbor).  We’ve taken care of the campsite and boat transportation over to the island, so all you have to do is register online, and your set to go.  As part of the trip, two ocean kayaks will be available for individuals to use to explore the incredible coastline.  Sign-up sheets will be available at the campsite to reserve your time on the water.  Space is limited as we only have 15 spots available, so register early to reserve your space!

There are no services provided on the island, so you're required to bring all items that you will need during your stay, potable water is available at the campsite.  There is a 1/4 mile walk to the campsite from the pier, so make sure your completely mobile, we recommend that if you're taking a cooler, make sure it has wheels (some restrictions apply from the transportation provider, click here for additional information).

This jewel off our coast offers some of the most beautiful ocean and landscape views to be had in southern California, we hope to see you there!

Cancellation Policy: You can cancel for a full refund on or before August 11, 2017.  Any cancellations after August 11, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund.



11:00 AM Arrive @ Ventura Harbor, check-in

12:00 PM Boat departs for Santa Cruz Island 

1:00 PM Arrival @ Santa Cruz Island

6:00 PM Meet & Greet Tea (Mai-Tai Luau)

7:35 PM Sunset


6:40 AM Sunrise

9:00 AM Day Hike: Smugglers Cove(7.5 miles rt)

6:00 PM Potluck

7:34 PM Sunset


6:40 AM Sunrise

9:00 AM Day Hike: Potato Harbor (5 miles rt)

5:00 PM Potluck

6:30 PM Sunset Hike: Cavern Point Loop (2 miles rt)

7:33 PM Sunset


6:41 AM Sunrise

3:00 PM Check-in for boat departure

4:00 PM Depart the island for the mainland

5:00 PM Arrive @ Ventura Harbor

*Times are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):

34.04824, -119.5616

34°2'54"N, 119°33'42"W

Boat transportation can be arranged with Island Packers from Ventura Harbor.

To park headquarters in Ventura, Ca: exit Highway 101, at Victoria or Seaward to Ventura Harbor.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


1901 Spinnaker Drive

ventura  CA  93001

Phone Number:

Information:  (805)658-5730

National Park Services Rules & Regulations:

•Upon arrival, meet ranger at beach, landing dock or campground. However, park staff is not always available on the island. Please have confirmation letter, receipt, or campsite number with you.

•1/2 mile to 1 mile hike to campground. Visitors must carry all their own gear.

•Primitive camping. Tent camping only, no electricity/water/sewer site hook-ups at this campground. Bring low profile tents and extra food for weather delays. Partial shade from trees. Picnic table, food storage box, and drinking water provided. No stores or services.

•Quiet time is enforced at 10:00 pm.

•Proper food and trash storage is required. Food/trash storage lockers are provided at each site. Recommend hard-sided container (i.e., action packer) to further protect food/garbage from animals.

•Visitors are required to pack out what they pack in, including garbage.

•No campfires or charcoal fires. Only enclosed gas camp stoves are allowed.

•Smoking is only allowed on beach areas at Scorpion, Smugglers, and Prisoners Harbors.

•Avoid contact with deer mice. Hantavirus has been found in island deer mice. For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/hantavirus.htm.

•To help prevent the introduction of nonnative species the following items may not be brought to the park: pets; live or potted plants; soil; cut flowers; firewood or any untreated, unfinished wood (including hiking sticks); corrugated boxes; tools or equipment with attached soil; motorized vehicles; bicycles; and single-use plastic grocery bags.

•No fishing in marine reserves. California fishing license and ocean enhancement sticker required to fish outside marine reserves.

•Kayakers: ocean conditions can rapidly change, requiring expert abilities. Ocean kayaking is an inherently dangerous activity. Always check weather and do not kayak beyond your experience level.

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