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Getting Here


Getting Here

Getting to Airport in the Sky and DC-3 Gifts & Grill is an adventure.

Once you exit the City of Avalon or the town of Two Harbors, you are on private, Catalina Island Conservancy owned land.  Here is some information you will need. Click on the links below to make your trip easier.


  • Although hiking on Conservancy-owned land is free*, a hiking permit is required.
  • Get a hiking permit from the Conservancy Trailhead in Avalon, Visitors Services in Two Harbors, the Tower at the Airport in the Sky or use the hiking permits link below.
  • *To help offset the cost of maintaining the trails & signage, the Catalina Island Conservancy is requesting a $3 donation with the issue of each hiking permit.  This donation is at your discretion.  Your support is greatly appreciated.
  • Become familiar with the island and the terrain in the area you plan on hiking. 
  • Catalina Island is quite different from most southern California locations.  The land rises steeply out of the ocean, and while this affords some  amazing views, it can be more challenging that some people realize.



Hiking on Catalina - General Information

Hiking Permits


For those of you who would prefer to enjoy the hiking and camping experience without the hassles of carrying heavy gear, get in contact with the staff from Catalina Backcountry.  They will assist you by coordinating transportation of your gear, answering questions about the Trans Catalina Trail, and reserving campsites on the island.



  • Biking is another great way to see Catalina Island's majestic views and gorgeous canyons 
  • A Freewheeler Bike Pass is required, which may be purchased at Conservancy outlets.  Check out the information online.  A Bike Pass is one of the many benefits of Catalina Island Conservancy membership and helps support the "wildlands" on the island. 



Freewheeler Bike Passes


Shuttle Bus (to and from Avalon)

  • The Wildlands Express offers service in between Avalon and the Airport-in-the-Sky at a cost per person (each way).
  • The Shuttle Bus runs daily.  Please call 310-510-0143 for hours, costs and reservations.
  • The shuttle is a great way to access our location and its schedule allows you time to eat, shop, watch private planes land, and tour the Nature Center.
  • If you choose to hike the Airport Loop Trail, please obtain a hiking permit in Avalon, Two Harbors or at the Airport Tower.   
  • It generally takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete the trail (approximately 2 miles). 



Shuttle Bus (to and from Two Harbors)

  • The Safari Bus travels in between the charming village of Two Harbors and the Airport in the Sky.  It also makes stops at the Little Harbor Campground. 
  • Depending on the season, there are generally 1-2 scheduled trips per day each way. 
  • Please make reservations in advance.  You will want to coordinate the bus schedule with your method of transportation on or off the island. 
  • For reservations, pricing, and schedules, please call (310) 510-2800 (Reservations Phone Line - Santa Catalina Island Company)
  • Or call Visitors Services in Two Harbors  (310) 510-4205


Tour Vehicles

  • There are several guided tours you may choose from to visit the Airport in the Sky and DC-3 Gifts & Grill.  
  • Some of these tours stop in for just a few minutes. Others some stay at the Airport  long enough for a meal and a walk through the Nature Center.  
  • Please make sure to allow yourself enough time to stop in our gift shop for that perfect souvenir or t-shirt.



Catalina Island Conservancy - Jeep Eco Tours

Discovery Tours - Inland Motor Expedition, Skyline Drive, and Cape Canyon Tour

Adventure Tours - Inside Adventure Tour

Catalina Transportation Services - Private Tours



Flying In

  • Flying into the Airport is easy.  For aeronautical information, please consult the chart supplement.
  • The landing fees start at $35.  Overnight tie-down fees are start at $20.   
  • Consider joining the Catalina Aero Club  for an annual fee of $210 and land for free all year! 
  • Guests may only land and take-off during regular operating hours:
Winter Hours of Operation:   
Mid October - mid April
8 AM - 5 PM local time
Summer Hours of Operation: 
Mid June - mid October: 
8 AM - 7 PM  local time

N.O.A.A. Weather updates 



*THE RUNWAY OPENED MAY 3rd, 2019 at  3 p.m. to the flying public!  Come on over. *

  • If you are flying in and will require ground transportation upon arrival, please contact the Tower prior to take-off at (310) 510-0143. 
  • They can assist you with Airport information, Avalon or Two Harbors shuttle times and reservations.   
  • For the Airport's Automated Weather Update information, call (310) 510-9641.



General Flight Information