Valdez Canyon, Santa Cruz Island

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Valdez Canyon, Santa Cruz Island is the drainage which leads into Valdez Harbor on the island’s north shore. In July 1930 Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History director Ralph Hoffmann wrote:

“The canyon that runs down into Valdez Harbor was at its loveliest. Masses of Woodwardia fern grow so luxuriantly that their fronds wave above the head of a person standing beside them. Long branches of Bush Penstemon (P. cordifolius) with sprays of reddish-orange flowers drooped over the ledges. Tiger lilies with twelve and thirteen blooms to a stem carried the orange note up the moist banks. These island canyons with their steep walls over which the streams descend and their luxuriant ferns suggest views of the South Sea islands toned down to fit a temperate climate.”