Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

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VISIT Channel Islands National Park:

Park Details

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
Phone805-658-5730
HoursOpen all year, but the visitor centers are only open 8-5pm daily.
Entrance FeeFree, but you'll need a boat or plane ticket to access
Learn MoreOfficial 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.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits1,68413,17613,91422,51228,23940,97741,38136,83937,12135,61230,33017,467
Precipitation86101692392013192962
Avg Temp646467727884898986797063
Max Temp75767986909610010098918275
Avg Temp454546485257636462564944
Min Temp303233354045545450423229
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

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 NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Channel Islands, Joshua Tree to Death Valley5978

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.

NameDistance
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area47 mi
César E. Chávez National Monument97 mi
Cabrillo National Monument156 mi
Sequoia National Park178 mi
Kings Canyon National Park197 mi
Pinnacles National Park198 mi
Manzanar National Historic Site201 mi
Joshua Tree National Park202 mi
Death Valley National Park213 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.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Channel Islands Coast Guard MilitaryOxnard, CA more 15 miles
Fairways RV Military - Port Hueneme NCBPort Hueneme, CA more 17 miles
McGrath State BeachOxnard, CA more 18 miles
Point Mugu MilitaryCA more 19 miles
Emma Wood State BeachVentura, CA more 20 miles
Faria RV ParkVentura, CA more 21 miles
Rincon County Parkway RVVentura, CA more 22 miles
Thornhill Broome - Point Mugu State ParkThousand Oaks, CA more 23 miles
Hobson ParkVentura, CA more 23 miles
Sycamore - Point Mugu State ParkOxnard, 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:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
None Found.

Nearest Airports

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.

Large Airports

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.

NameCodeCityDistance
Los Angeles International AirportLAXLos Angeles, CA58 mi
Ontario International AirportONTOntario, CA104 mi
San Diego International AirportSANSan Diego, CA156 mi
Norman Y. Mineta San José International AirportSJCSan Jose, CA271 mi
Harry Reid International AirportLASLas Vegas, NV280 mi
Lake Havasu City International AirportLHSLake Havasu City, AZ298 mi
San Francisco International AirportSFOSan Francisco, CA299 mi
Medium Airports

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.

NameCodeCityDistance
Santa Barbara Municipal AirportSBASanta Barbara, CA38 mi
Hollywood Burbank AirportBURBurbank, CA62 mi
Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field)LGBLong Beach, CA74 mi
Santa Maria Public Airport Captain G Allan Hancock FieldSMXSanta Maria, CA85 mi
John Wayne AirportSNASanta Ana, CA92 mi
Meadows FieldBFLBakersfield, CA101 mi
San Luis County Regional AirportSBPSan Luis Obispo, CA110 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.