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Avalon Camping

Get close to nature. Stay close to all the action.

Camping is a great way to experience Catalina Island, and camping in Avalon is ideal. Close to beaches, restaurants and nightlife, campers also have easy access to hiking, biking and other outdoor recreational adventures.

Avalon offers just one campground within the city limits. Picturesque Hermit Gulch Campground is located 1.5 miles up Avalon Canyon from the ferry terminal. Hermit Gulch sits just below the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden and features tent camping, tent cabins and camping equipment rental.

Other camping options on Catalina include boat-in camping and primitive camping. There are 17 boat-in only sites at nine locations on the lee side of the island.

There are two primitive camping sites: Parson’s Landing is located seven miles from Two Harbors. Black Jack campground is 9 miles from Avalon and located near 2,097-foot Mt. Orizaba, Catalina’s highest peak. Black Jack Campground trail head is accessible either on foot, by Airport Shuttle from Avalon.

The Catalina Island Conservancy Wildlands Express Shuttle runs between Avalon and the Airport-in-the-Sky, and Little Harbor. 

Check our Camping Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions for more information on camping in Avalon. Wherever you decide to set up your tent, you’ll create an unforgettable experience on Catalina Island.

** All 2022 reservations for Catalina Island campgrounds will open on January 1, 2022 at 12:01 am PST. If you are planning to camp in January, please call Visitor Services at 310.510.4205 on or after December 1; we would be happy to assist in planning your trip. Additionally, groups with 40 or more campers are eligible for early reservation. Group reservations for 2022 can be made now by calling 310.510.4242. **