Santa Monica Mountains

National Recreation Area

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Hidden in plain sight from Los Angeles, California, the Santa Monica Mountains offer easy access to surprisingly wild places. Experience the famous beaches of Malibu or explore more than 500 miles of trails. The park abounds with historical and cultural sites.

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is just outside of Los Angeles, California, visitors can experience famous beaches, explore more than 500 miles of trails, and find historical and cultural sites.

Stories from Santa Monica Mountains

Survival and Dispersal of Bobcat Kittens in a Fragmented Urban Environment
Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on Reptiles and Amphibians in Coastal Sage Scrub and Grassland Communities
Effects of Competiton from Invasive Plants on the Endangered Plant Pentachaeta Lyonli
Since our founding in 1938

WNPA has provided more than

$120 million

in aid to our partner parks to fund educational programs, initiatives, and scientific research

Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

What’s Happening at This Park?

2021-10-24 Directions to Rancho Sierra Vista main parking lot: Main entrance is located at the cross street of Via Goleta and Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA, 91320 From the 101 Freeway, exit at Wendy Drive and head south. Turn right on Lynn Road. Turn left on Via Goleta. Beaded Bracelet Workshop 10AM
2021-10-24 Directions to Rancho Sierra Vista main parking lot: Main entrance is located at the cross street of Via Goleta and Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA, 91320 From the 101 Freeway, exit at Wendy Drive and head south. Turn right on Lynn Road. Turn left on Via Goleta. Beaded Bracelet Workshop 1PM
2021-10-24 Paramount Ranch Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, USA Agoura Hills, California United States Women Pioneers of Film in Paramount Ranch

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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When you can’t get to a national park for a visit, experience it from the comfort of your home. WNPA’s online store is packed with ranger-approved park collectibles, books, toys, and clothing. Shop for a special item.