Channel Islands Fast Facts
How big is Channel Islands National Park?
Channel Islands covers a total area of 249,354 acres or 390 square miles.
How many people visit Channel Islands National Park?
319,252 people visited Channel Islands in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Channel Islands Visitation Stats.
When was Channel Islands National Park created?
Channel Islands was made a national park on March 5, 1980.
What are the highest and lowest elevations in Channel Islands National Park?
Channel Islands’ lowest point is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean. The highest point in Channel Islands is 1,812 feet at Mount Montanon.
What time zone is Channel Islands National Park located in?
Channel Islands is in the Pacific Time Zone.
How much does it cost to enter Channel Islands National Park?
There is no entrance fee for Channel Islands National Park.
Five Random Facts About Channel Islands
Channel Islands National Park protects five of the eight Channel Islands that cover 160 miles off the coast of southern California in the Pacific Ocean.
The five islands within the park are the following sizes: San Miguel is 9,325 acres, Santa Rosa is 52,794 acres, Anacapa is 699 acres, Santa Barbara is 639 acres, and Santa Cruz, the largest, is 60,645 acres.
The Channel Islands are home to the most well-preserved archeological sites on the Pacific coast, with more than 10,000 years of continuous human occupation recorded.
The private conservation group Nature Conservancy owns and manages 76% of Santa Cruz Island, the largest island in the park.
Land mammals on the islands are few and unique. The only native land mammals are the island fox, the island deer mouse, the harvest mouse and the spotted skunk. The island foxes and mice have further evolved independently on each island within the park. Bats are found here as well.
Where is Channel Islands National Park?
Channel Islands National Park is located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. The cities of Ventura and Oxnard are the launching points for trips to the islands. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Channel Islands.