For 35 years one of the most popular attractions was Catalina’s Bird Park. Filled with over 8,000 exotic birds from around the world, it was built in 1928.
Camping In and Around Avalon
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, the picturesque Hermit Gulch, located 1.5 miles up Avalon Canyon from the Catalina Island boat landing. Hermit Gulch sits just below the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden and features tent camping, tent cabins and camping equipment rental.
Other camping options near Avalon include boat-in camping and primitive camping. There are 17 boat-in only sites at nine locations on the leeside 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, Santa Catalina Island’s highest peak.The Black Jack Campground trailhead is accessible by either hiking, taking the Airport Shuttle from Avalon, or by Safari Bus.
The Safari Bus runs between Two Harbors and Avalon. This is the only Catalina Island transportation between the two towns. You can use the bus to access remote camp sites. Click to find out about rates, passes and schedules for the Safari Bus.
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.