Santa Rosa is the second largest island in all of California and features a high mountain range amazing wildlife, and the incredible Painted Cave, a large western sea cave. You can do some backcountry camping here as well as stay at the Water Canyon campground. Lucky for you, there is running water and bathrooms! It can be pretty windy here, but the white beaches, crazy canyons, and scenic hikes more than make up for it.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
15 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
No picnic table


Offered near the campground.


You can bring your own boat, but it’s highly recommended to go with a park authorized operator and contact park rangers before ...Read more


There are some massive fish over here…but if you’re paying to boat over to the Channel Islands, they had better be legendary! T...Read more


Trails vary on each island, from flat and maintained in Anacapa Island, to mountainous wilderness in Santa Rosa. Make sure you ...Read more


Kayaking the Channel Islands is probably one of the coolest and most exciting things you could do in your life, but be warned t...Read more


The best surf is found on Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands, depending on the swell. Currents are variable so make ...Read more

Wildlife watching

There are thousands of species inhabiting these islands thanks to the diverse environments found here. The tidepools house a va...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Santa Rosa Island Campground.

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Martin F.
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July 24th, 2020

Is anyone willing to let a party of two set up their small tent for one night on August 2? We have reservations for the following nights, but misread the ferry schedule and are not covered for Sunday night. We would not be in the way or need access to the wooden shed. Per regulations, 5 people can be at a campsite at a time. Let us know if you willing to share. It would save our trip! Thank you!

Hipcamper Michelle K.
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August 25th, 2018
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January 30th, 2018
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October 23rd, 2017
Channel Islands National Park
United States
Phone Number
(805) 658-5730
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33.991° N, 120.043° W
Unknown price
Tent Only: 15 Sites
(Up to 5 people per site)