Del Norte Campground, Prisoners Harbor – Santa Cruz Island


To camp in the Channel Islands National Park you must have both a boat reservation and a campground reservation.  By clicking the two buttons below 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.

This is the smallest campground in the park, consisting of 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.

Photo by Tim Hauf - Del Norte Camp Site

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



This location 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.

Photot by Tim Hauf - Prisoners Harbor Sign Posts, Santa Crus Island

You must have a campsite reservation/permit before you depart the mainland for the island.  Reservations can be made at or by clicking HERE  The sites are $15.00 per night and you may stay up to 7 consecutive nights.


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