Tour Channel Islands NP
|Hot Links||Adventure Overview - Ventura California
MainTour Vacation Cruise Central
Tour Palm Springs
Channel Islands National Park
249,354 protected areas off the Southern California coastline. Designated as national parkland in 1980, The park consists of principally five islands: Anacapa, Santa Barbara, San Miguel, Santa Cruz (largest) and Santa Rosa.
Beginning in late 1700s and into the 1800s, Russian, British and American fur traders searched the islands' coves and shorelines for sea otter. The otter was almost hunted to extinction. The hunters then turned toward the seals and sea lions. Several of these species faced extinction as well.
In the early 1800s, the Chumash and Gabrielino people were removed from the islands and settled in mainland missions. Hunters, settlers and ranchers soon came to the islands. By the mid-1800s, except for fishermen, ranching became the economic mainstay.
Anacapa and Santa Barbara Islands were protected as national monuments in 1938 and then upgraded to national park status in 1980 with the additions of San Miguel, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands.
There are several archealogical sites on Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands rich with Chumash Indian artifacts.
Channel Islands Aviation
MainTour San Luis Obispo Vacation Adventure
||Wildlife - Channel Islands National Park
Elephant Seals - The 8,000 lb. bull elephant seal makes home on Santa Barbara Island. During various times of year, around 50,000 giant elephant seals seek the isolation of the islands to haul-out, breed and molt. Most of them prefer remote Point Bennett, on the far western tip of San Miguel Island--truly one of the park's greatest natural wonders. Smaller colonies can be seen on Santa Barbara and Santa Rosa Islands. But they are often heard before any sighting, their deep rumblings rolling like thunder across the landscape.
California Sea Lions -
Seals - Harbor seals and northern fur seals live in this region.
Sea Otters -
California Coastal National Monument
|Adventure Links||Recreational Activities - Channel Islands National Park
|Adventure Links||Island Tour - Channel Islands National Park
Ocean waves have eroded the perimeter of the island, creating steep sea cliffs towering hundreds of feet in height and exposing the volcanic origins of air pockets, lava tubes, and sea caves. At the east end of Anacapa a natural bridge has formed in the ocean.
Santa Barbara Island
San Miguel Island
The Channel Islands' largest land mammal, the island fox, can be seen on San Miguel. The island's fragile treasures include more than 500 relatively undisturbed archeological sites, some dating back as far as 11,000 years. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, discoverer of California, is believed to have wintered and died at Cuyler Harbor in 1543. Although his grave has never been found, a monument overlooking Cuyler Harbor was erected in 1937 to commemorate his northern voyage of exploration.
From the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s the island was used as a bombing range. Staying of the trail is particularly important because live ordnance is still occasionally uncovered by shifting sands
Santa Cruz Island
Chumash Indians inhabitated Santa Cruz Island for more that 6,000 years. When Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived in 1542, as many as 2,000 Chumash Indians probably lived here. Ranching began on the island in 1839, with a Mexican land grant to Andres Castillero, and continued to the early 1980s.
Santa Rosa Island
Vast grasslands blanket about 85 percent of the island, yet columnar volcanic formations, extensive fossil beds, and highly colored hill slopes are visible. Rocky terraces on the west end provide superb habitat for intertidal organisms. Harbor and elephant seals breed on the island's sandy beaches. On the eastern tip of the island, a unique costal marsh is among the most extensive freshwater habitats found on any of the Channel Islands. The entire island is surrounded by expanses of kelp beds. Consequently, its surrounding waters serve as an invaluable nursery for the sea life that feeds larger marine mammals and the sea birds that breed along the coastal shores and offshore rocks of all the Channel Islands.
Tour Santa Catalina Island
San Clemente Island
|Adventure Links||Special Events - Channel Islands National Park
Whale Migration [Jan-Mar] - California Gray Whales are arriving to their winter nursing grounds off Baja California.
Blue Whale Migration [Jun-Oct] - whale watching time for the blue and humpback whales.
Giant Sunflowers Blossom [Mar-Apr] - East Anacapa is home to Giant Coreopsis - a tree like sunflower that blossoms bright yellow in early Spring.
MainTour Ventura California Vacation Adventure
MainTour Southern California USA Vacation Adventure
Find fun and excitement on your next family vacation, weekend getaway or romantic datenite.
MainTour is your ticket to explore the real world! Explorer's Wanted!
Copyright 1997-2005 - MainTour.com