VISIT Channel Islands National Park:
Channel Islands National Park was established on April 26, 1938, and has a total area of 249,561 acres (390 square miles, or 1,010 square kilometers).
|Address||1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA, 93001|
|Hours||Open all year, but the visitor centers are only open 8-5pm daily.|
|Entrance Fee||Free, but you'll need a boat or plane ticket to access|
|Learn More||Official Website|
When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation
Channel Islands National Park is the 142nd most visited park in the country.
We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Channel Islands National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Channel Islands National Park is.
Our data shows the best months to visit Channel Islands National Park are November, April, May & October.
Channel Islands National Park Road Trips
Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Channel Islands National Park is visited.
|Trip Name||Trip Miles||Trip Days|
|Channel Islands, Joshua Tree to Death Valley||597||8|
Other Nearby National Park Sites
From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Channel Islands National Park.
|Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area||47 mi|
|César E. Chávez National Monument||97 mi|
|Cabrillo National Monument||156 mi|
|Sequoia National Park||178 mi|
|Kings Canyon National Park||197 mi|
|Pinnacles National Park||198 mi|
|Manzanar National Historic Site||201 mi|
|Joshua Tree National Park||202 mi|
|Death Valley National Park||213 mi|
Nearby Campsites & RV Parks
If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Channel Islands National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.
|Channel Islands Coast Guard Military||Oxnard, CA more||15 miles|
|Fairways RV Military - Port Hueneme NCB||Port Hueneme, CA more||17 miles|
|McGrath State Beach||Oxnard, CA more||18 miles|
|Point Mugu Military||CA more||19 miles|
|Emma Wood State Beach||Ventura, CA more||20 miles|
|Faria RV Park||Ventura, CA more||21 miles|
|Rincon County Parkway RV||Ventura, CA more||22 miles|
|Thornhill Broome - Point Mugu State Park||Thousand Oaks, CA more||23 miles|
|Hobson Park||Ventura, CA more||23 miles|
|Sycamore - Point Mugu State Park||Oxnard, CA more||24 miles|
Nearest Ski Resorts
For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Channel Islands National Park:
When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Channel Islands National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Channel Islands National Park.
|Los Angeles International Airport||LAX||Los Angeles, CA||58 mi|
|Ontario International Airport||ONT||Ontario, CA||104 mi|
|San Diego International Airport||SAN||San Diego, CA||156 mi|
|Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport||SJC||San Jose, CA||271 mi|
|Harry Reid International Airport||LAS||Las Vegas, NV||280 mi|
|Lake Havasu City International Airport||LHS||Lake Havasu City, AZ||298 mi|
|San Francisco International Airport||SFO||San Francisco, CA||299 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Channel Islands National Park.
|Santa Barbara Municipal Airport||SBA||Santa Barbara, CA||38 mi|
|Hollywood Burbank Airport||BUR||Burbank, CA||62 mi|
|Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field)||LGB||Long Beach, CA||74 mi|
|Santa Maria Public Airport Captain G Allan Hancock Field||SMX||Santa Maria, CA||85 mi|
|John Wayne Airport||SNA||Santa Ana, CA||92 mi|
|Meadows Field||BFL||Bakersfield, CA||101 mi|
|San Luis County Regional Airport||SBP||San Luis Obispo, CA||110 mi|
Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.