Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Island is the largest in the Channel Islands and has the most diversity. 24 miles long and 6 miles wide with two coastal mountain ranges and a central valley in between.

There are over 75 plant and animal species which are indemic and can only be found on Santa Cruz Island.

The Island Scrub Jay which is 1/3 larger than the mainlands Scrub Jay is an example of “Island Gigantism,” and can only be found on Santa Cruz Island.

The Island Fox which is about the size of a house cat which nearly became extinct has made a remarkable recovery and is an example of “Island Dwarfism.”

Visitors can find an information center and historic ranch houses from the cattle ranching days, miles of hiking trails, two campgrounds, beautiful beaches, many seacaves to explore and kayak in. Jacques Cousteau said “some of the best diving in the world is here on our Channel Islands”.

The westen 3/4 of the island belongs to the Nature Conservancy while the eastern 1/4 belongs to the National Park.