Camping on Catalina Island
Camping is the most intimate way to enjoy Catalina Island’s rugged beauty.
The Island has five campgrounds as well as primitive boat–in only campsites.
Catalina Island Campgrounds
- Hermit Gulch Campground is the only campground that is located in Avalon. It’s situated at the top of Avalon Canyon Road, approximately 1.5 miles from the Avalon boat landing.
- For a more rugged experience, Black Jack Campground is nestled among pine and eucalyptus trees near Mt. Orizaba within Catalina Island’s interior.
- Rated “One of the Best Campgrounds in the West” by Sunset Magazine, Little Harbor and Shark Harbor Campgrounds are sandy, beachfront campgrounds located on Catalina’s windward “backside.”
- Parsons Landing is a remote camping experience located seven miles from Two Harbors on the west end of the Island.
- Two Harbors Campground is just 1/4 mile from the village of Two Harbors, with easy trail access to the town’s amenities.
- For those looking for true seclusion, there are 17 Primitive Boat-In Campsites at nine locations along the coast between Two Harbors and Avalon that are only accessible by boat.
Rippers – 8.6 miles from Avalon / 4 miles from Two Harbors
Paradise Cove – 8.4 miles from Avalon / 4.25 miles from Two Harbors
Lava Wall – 8.1 miles from Avalon / 4.5 miles from Two Harbors
Gibraltar – 7.1 miles from Avalon / 5.5 miles from Two Harbors
Cabrillo – 7 miles from Avalon/ 5.75 miles from Two Harbors
Goat Harbor – 6.2 miles from Avalon / 6.4 miles from Two Harbors
Italian Gardens – 5.25 miles from Avalon / 7.4 miles from Two Harbors
Long Point Beach – 4.875 miles from Avalon / 7.75 from Two Harbors
Willow Cove – 2.75 miles from Avalon / 9.9 miles from Two Harbors
Once you arrive in Avalon, you will need to travel to the campgrounds. You can catch the Safari bus, which runs between Two Harbors and Avalon daily and will access the remote camping sites. The bus runs daily during the summer months and operates between Two Harbors and Avalon. You can use the bus to access remote camp sites, as it includes stops at Little Harbor, Airport in the Sky, and the trailhead for Black Jack Junction. Pre-purchase tickets in Avalon at any Discovery Tours ticket booth and at Visitor Services office at the foot of the Isthmus Pier.
Catalina Transportation also offers interior shuttles to Two Harbors and operate daily from 7:00am to midnight year round. Each shuttle will hold up to 7 passengers and allow you to schedule up to 18 hours in advance. Shuttles originate in Avalon and reservations are required.
Tent fees range from $22-35/night depending on the particular campground you choose.
Camping Amenities and Services
Don’t want to haul your gear all over the island? Catalina Backcountry offers services for hikers, bikers and campers who want to enjoy their camping experience without the hassles of transporting camping gear. Let someone else do the heavy lifting and enjoy your trip even more!
Routes & Trails
The routes map below illustrates the distances & mileage between the different hiking and biking routes throughout the island. The Trans-Catalina Trail stretches for 27 miles across the island and allows for hiking and biking.