Last updated: 03:29 PM ET, Sat October 29 2016

Two of Five Channel Island National Park Islands are Closed Temporarily to Visitors

Impacting Travel | Jessica Kleinschmidt | October 29, 2016

Two of Five Channel Island National Park Islands are Closed Temporarily to Visitors

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According to the Los Angeles Times, a second island part of Channel Islands National Park, is temporarily closed to visitors while law enforcement searches for drug smugglers.

Santa Rosa Island is the second island to be shut down this year after the discovery of "numerous budles of marijuana." 

The LA Times reports the precautionary move was made to protect the public from any potential harm and the island will be reopened when the danger has passed.

The Channel Islands park staff says "isolation has allowed evolution to proceed independently on the islands." Since the island isn't easy to get to, if you are able to experience it, you're one of the rare and lucky ones. 

Santa Cruz Island, the most popular destination, receives around 90,000 visitors per year had its "docked knocked out by stormy surf last December." The pier is closed, but the island remained open. 

The National Park Service warned visitors about the temporary closure on their website which will continually be updated as this matter unfolds. Visitors who were expecting to visit the island will be refunded their money or rescheduled their trip. 


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