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Channel Islands National Park offers a unique chance to discover the wild, rugged beauty of the Southern California coast. The park is made up of five pristine islands, each with its own unique charm. Exploring the islands takes a little enthusiasm and planning, though the payoff is access to one of the most unique and untouched coastal ecosystems in North America. Whether you're getting up close with sea lions on San Miguel, kayaking to hidden sea caves on Santa Cruz, hiking to historic lighthouses on Anacapa, strolling along sugar-white beaches on Santa Rosa, or exploring underwater kelp forests on Santa Barbara, Channel Islands National Park promises unforgettable adventures.

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure? Book an RV in Ventura County and you'll enjoy the freedom to explore SoCal at your own pace. Plan a day-trip to Channel Islands National Park or pack lightweight camping gear, leave your rig on the mainland, and embark on an overnight adventure. For more RV rentals, consider starting your trip in Los Angeles. The iconic U.S. city offers a huge selection of motorhome rentals for every occasion, from compact campers to family-sized rigs.

Getting Outdoors

Nicknamed the Galapagos of North America, Channel Islands National Park is home to more than 150 endemic species of flora and fauna. San Miguel Island is a haven for seals, with thousands of the marine mammals flocking to Point Bennett. It's quite the spectacle, with California sea lions and northern elephant seals often joining the congregation.

On Anacapa Island, trails skirt the clifftops and take you to a historic 1930s lighthouse. Santa Cruz Island is studded with hidden sea caves and is a paradise for kayakers, while Santa Rosa Island is dotted with towering Torrey pines. Santa Rosa is also home to some of the park's most popular hiking trails, ranging from the flat and sandy terrain of Water Canyon Beach to the steep, rocky path to the summit of Black Mountain.

An important habitat for nesting seabirds, Santa Barbara is the smallest and southernmost island. There's plenty to discover underwater, with scuba divers flocking to explore the enchanting giant kelp forests that can reach heights of 120 feet. From December to April, Channel Islands National Park is one of the top places in the world to spot gray whales. From May to September, you could spot blue and humpback whales breaching in the protected waters. There's also a chance to see fins, minkes, and orca.

Camping at Channel Islands National Park

Southern California's sunny disposition means camping is available year-round at Channel Islands National Park. Santa Cruz Island Scorpion Ranch Campground is the largest, offering 31 sites with picnic tables and food storage boxes. You'll also have access to pit toilets. The Anacapa Island Campground offers seven sites set on a grassy bluff with stunning coastal views. Santa Rosa Island Campground is set in a sheltered canyon and boasts easy access to a gorgeous white sand beach. The remote San Miguel Island Campground is perched on a scenic coastal plateau, while the Santa Barbara Island Campground features ten sites and a dramatic clifftop setting.

All five islands are accessible only by park concessionaire boats, planes, or private watercraft. This means all camping is primitive and reserved for tents only. If you're RV camping and want to enjoy a day trip to Channel Islands National Park, consider staying at Los Padres National Forest or Point Mugu State Park. Sailings depart from Ventura and Oxnard, with parking available for both day-trippers and overnight campers. Don't forget to pick up a parking pass.

Exploring the Area

Most boat trips to Channel Islands National Park depart from Ventura, a laidback beach town anchored by a historic downtown core and wooden pier. It's a great place to stock up on gas and groceries or treat yourself at one of the colorful cafes or seafood restaurants. The town also hosts an excellent farmers' market where you can pick up fresh produce from across Southern California.

A 30-minute drive up the coast, Santa Barbara is a great place to rent a camper near Channel Islands National Park. The city will win you over with handsome Spanish Mission architecture, lashings of sunshine, and a lively bar and restaurant scene. If you're looking for a mainland nature fix, the two-million-acre Los Padres National Forest delivers with rugged mountains, ancient redwood groves, windswept grasslands, and rumbling rivers. It also operates 55 developed campgrounds, which means there are plenty of options for RV camping. Venture further afield and you can drive your camper rental to iconic California national parks like Yosemite, Redwoods, Sequoia, Joshua Tree, and Kings Canyon.

RV Rentals in Channel Islands National Park, CA

Channel Islands National Park, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Channel Islands National Park. Outdoorsy's Channel Islands National Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Channel Islands National Park, CA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
East Anacapa Island Trail Channel Islands National Park, CA
Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail Channel Islands National Park, CA
Smugglers Cove Trail Channel Islands National Park, CA
Potato Harbor Trail Channel Islands National Park, CA
El Montanon Trail Channel Islands National Park, CA
Potato Cove Hike Channel Islands National Park, CA
Scorpion Bay to Cavern Point Loop Channel Islands National Park, CA
Santa Cruz Island: Pelican Bay And Prisoners Harbor Trails Channel Islands National Park, CA
Pelican Bay Trail Channel Islands National Park, CA
Silver Strand Beach to La Janella Park Trail Oxnard, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Ventura Beach RV Resort Ventura County, CA
Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park Santa Barbara County, CA
Ventura Ranch KOA Ventura County, CA
Wading Pines Camping Resort Burlington County, NJ
Cachuma Lake Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Valencia Travel Village Los Angeles County, CA
Castaic Lake RV Campground Los Angeles County, CA
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Jalama Beach Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Acton / Los Angeles North KOA Los Angeles County, CA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for Channel Islands National Park, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


Ventura

We love going to Ventura Beach RV Resort because it is family friendly, many activities for the kids, safe for everyone and there are a lot of things you can do within walking distance.

Oct 9, 2019
Ventura Beach RV Resort

This is great RV Resort. Full hookups, Pool, Store, activities, secure and safe for kids, biking trails. Minutes to Downtown Ventura.

Jun 17, 2019
Ventura Beach RV Resort

Fun RV park campground walking/biking distance to the beach and downtown Ventura. Adjacent to the bike path that goes up to Ojai as well which is a great day trip. Lots of amenities including pool!

Jul 23, 2018

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Ventura

Family's first camping trip. Nearby location with family friendly amenities.

Swimming Pool Family Friendly Kid-friendly
Oct 18, 2019