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Scorpion Canyon Campground

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

We stayed in the lower loop (camp 21). It is a well managed camp ground. But during the day, you will see a lot of food traffic right next to the camp. Especially, dont choose 21 as it is at the intersection of 2 hiking trails. If I were to go to Santa Cruz island again, I would choose the...

4Thank Nagender B
Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We went here for a few days to Santa Cruz Island and camp tonight at scorpion campground. The sites are quite large. There is potable water to drink. Our first night was very very windy and despite being located in a grove of eucalyptus trees they did not provide any protection to the wind. The campsites that had scrub bushes...

3Thank Koalatastic
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Took the boat with Island Packers to Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion portage. The island right now is absolutely beautiful, and completely GREEN. The cliffs covered in green grass almost look like something from Ireland. Fantastic hikes, lots of sea life, bird life, and beautiful, remote, clean air. Only an hour boat ride from Oxnard, CA. Potato Harbor is worth the...

4Thank John A
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We took a boat ride out to Santa Cruz Island for the day. We had a lot of fun walking the trails along the island. The views were amazing. Be sure to bring all you need for a day out because there are no facilities other than the water spigot and toilets at the campground. We packed a cooler full...

5Thank BajanFan
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Channel Islands National Park is just one of the reasons that I'm grateful on a daily basis that I live in Southern California. Santa Cruz Island and Scorpion Beach and campground are probably the most accessible of the campgrounds and the beach is probably the best (if not only) place to go kayaking in the Park. Scorpion campground is...

3Thank Daniel C
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Camping with no cars, no bugs and no predators bigger than a cat! Awesome! Hike from the boat dock is quite manageable at about .25 miles. Because everything has to be hauled in and out, there is a pleasant lack of "stuff" which helps nurture the connection with the beauty and peace of the place. Hanging out in the campgound...

4Thank Jennifer W
Simi Valley, California
Reviewed 6 October 2015

I just went to the Island for the first time (Oct 2015). I spent several summers on Catalina in Boy Scout camp and have been to Anacapa. I have fished the area around Channel islands many times. This time I was with our local Boy Scout Troop. We had a group of 29. I wrote a review for Channel Island...

5Thank Ted M
Torrance, California
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Campsites are fine. Toilets are clean and there is running water, but no other facilities available. Outfitters for Kayaking and snorkeling are there but you must book with them prior to going. Kayaking was great! Not a lot to do on the island other than a few hikes.

3Thank boliviano39
Wylie, Texas
Reviewed 1 March 2015

I camped out the second week of February at Scorpion Ranch.It is truly an amazing place and a great place to camp. We took the Island Packers ferry on a Tuesday. We were surprised that we were the only campers on the ferry.More surprising was the fact that there were no other campers in the upper or lower camp grounds!!...

12Thank Paintczar
Pasadena, California
Reviewed 3 January 2015

This review is for the Santa Cruz Island campground at the Scorpion landing. Nice campground, as long as you don't mind pit toilets and no showers. We actually liked the upper campground better than the lower campground; both campgrounds are close together. Lower campground is closer to the shore for hauling gear. There is drinking water available. No campfires but...

6Thank James L

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Address: Snata Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, CA (Formerly Scorpion Valley Campground)
Region: United States > California > Channel Islands National Park
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“This isn't a hotel - it's a campground!”
  • the view from Scorpion cliffs
  • view of another island from a trail
F3815CYdanielc, 22 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The upper campground is nicer but a longer walk from the beach. Recommend going on a weekday to avoid crowds and lots of kid tours.”
BonnieB830, 25 May 2014 | Read review
“Bring a hat and lots of sunscreen, the hiking is very exposed. The Kayaking tours are great and they check out all the caves and give novices like myself a great experience. If you book the trip through a kayaking guide company they likely have carts to help you get your gear from the dock to the camp ground so ask!”
Cpt0bvious, 8 Aug 2012 | Read review
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