Greetings from Channel Islands National Park

This is where my brother first introduced me to camping and hiking. He was fresh out of the Army and we went on a 3 day/2 night adventure on Santa Cruz Island. I will never forget this trip. Since then, I have become an avid hiker and I even did my first backpacking trip (again with my brother). I’m so thankful for all of my outdoor experiences and getting to share many of them with him.

Sincerely,
Behkie Aguilar

Channel Islands National Park

Sometimes referred to as the “Galapagos of North America,” these five islands serve as critical habitat for a variety of vulnerable and recovering animals, including the island night lizard, the threatened Scripps's murrelet, the snowy plover and the park’s distinctive island fox, found nowhere else in the world. The nutrient-rich waters and kelp forests surrounding the park nurture a surprising diversity of marine life as well, including dolphins, whales and exotic-looking starfish. Only accessible by boat or plane, visitors can explore the islands' isolated trails, rocky beaches and pristine coves in relative solitude.

State(s): California

Established: 1938

“They helped me reconnect with my brother after his service in the Army and our National Parks are some of the most beautiful places to visit and disconnect from technology and reconnect with yourself and other.s ”

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