Central Coast National Parks

National Parks on the Central Coast

California Central Coast National Parks include Channel Islands and Pinnacles. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed into existence the world's first national park. Since then, hundreds more have been established. These parks are awe inspiring natural wonders and offer endless activities. California has several of these National Parks and Monuments. Explore Channel Islands with hiking boots or by kayak. Discover caves filled with bats at Pinnacles.

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Central Coast National Parks

Anacapa Island photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Channel Islands National Park is located off the coast of Los Angeles, Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Barbara. The Channel Islands California can be accessed by Channel Islands ferry from the Ventura Harbor or Channel Islands Harbor. Channel Islands includes the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Popular ocean activities at Channel Islands include scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, whale watching, sailing and tide pool exploration. Land activities include Channel Islands camping, hiking, picnicking, bird watching and exploring. Park employees conduct interpretive hikes and Channel Islands tours throughout the year.

Boat from Santa Barbara - Truth Aquatics (805) 963-3564

Boat from Oxnard or Ventura - Island Packers (805) 642-1393

Plane from Camarillo - Channel Islands Aviation (805) 987-1301

Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, California 93001
(805) 658-5730

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Pinnacles photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Pinnacles National Park is located east of Soledad off Highway 101. Pinnacles resides on the remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires and sheer-walled canyons create a breathtaking landscape of more than 12,000 acres. Pinnacles is renowned for the beauty and variety of its spring wildflowers. Activities at Pinnacles include camping, hiking, rock climbing, caving and wildlife viewing. Park features include two large caves with an active bat population and Tunnel Trail where a bridge meets a tunnel blasted through solid rock.

Pinnacles National Park
5000 Highway 146
Paicines, California 95043
(831) 389-4485

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