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Ticket Type


Round Trip
Camper Transport


13-54 Years

$ 84.00


55 Years +

$ 79.00


3-12 Years

$ 61.00

Infant( Must Reserve)

Under 3 Years

$ 00.00

To camp at the Del Norte Campground you must have both a boat reservation and a campground reservation. By clicking the two buttons to the right, you will be able to view both the reservation system for the boat and for the campground in two separate windows. You can use these programs to check availability.

The Del Norte Campground

The Del Norte campground, SCI is the smallest campground in the park. There are only four sites each with a four-person capacity for a maximum of 16 total campers at one time. Located 3.5 uphill miles from the pier where you disembark the boat. This is a “back country” campground.  Rustic and charming with beautiful views of the island coast, this campground is frequented by backpackers and hearty hikers.

Del Norte Campsite
Photo by Tim Hauf

Picnic tables and small food storage boxes are in each site. NO fresh/potable water is available at this location and most years no streams or creeks flow to allow for water filtration by campers.

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TNC Property Access Point

Access to the private TNC property is from this location on Santa Cruz Island. All Packing/Gear Guidelines apply to TNC Guests.

Hiking the Ridge

The Del Norte campground is the perfect gateway for hiking the ridge to Scorpion Anchorage.  The hike over to Scorpion is 11.5 miles from campground to campground.  There is no shade on the trail and campers/hikers should carry ample water for this trek.  The trail is best for practiced hikers and backpackers and should be begun early in the day.

Del Norte Campgrounds
Photo by Tim Hauf

ATTENTION CAMPERS – During the rough weather months, November through May, you will need to make sure Island Packers’ schedule has not been changed due to ocean/weather conditions before you leave the camping area for the day. Schedule changes are relayed to the park in the morning and the bulletin board or the ranger will have schedule change information. Campers during these month should come prepared with extra food in case weather prevents us from our planned pick up.

Camping Preparation | What You Need to Know & Bring

  • Please arrive at your harbor of departure a full hour before your departure time. Late arriving gear may not be loaded onto the boat.

  • Food for your time on the island.

  • Fresh /Drinking Water (suggested 1 gallon per day per person). Prisoners Harbor, Del Norte Campground, SCI has NO POTABLE WATER available. Water weight is not included in your 60 lbs of gear

  • Kitchen utensils and camp stove (No campfires are permitted)

  • A tent and sleeping bag(s)

  • A campsite reservation.

  • An Island Packers reservation.

  • Flashlight or lantern

  • Sturdy shoes and warm clothes for the cool evenings that can occur year-round.

  • Gear that meets the Island Packers Restrictions/Guidelines (see button below)

  • Hat, Sunscreen and long-sleeved shirt for UV protection. UV is present even on overcast days.

  • NO Single Item weighing more than 45 LBS (required)

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