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.
My wife and I visited this beautiful place in June of 2013, just after the budget cuts had gone into effect. There was a park ranger who informed us that she was the only one, and while trained in First Aid/CPR, she was not medically trained. Therefore, she warned us…
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