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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
805-370-2301
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Type: National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Horseback riding, Birdwatching
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Owner description: The world’s largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from the Hollywood Bow to Ventura, features a rich variety of plants and wildlife.

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Victoria, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

You only have to walk an easy 4 or 5 miles round trip into the Santa Monica Mountains to see where MASH was filmed - including those distinctive peaks shown at the start of every episode as the helicopter circles in and lands. The helpful, well informed staff at the Visitors' Center / King Gillette Ranch recommended the route and... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had a great time biking from the mountains to the sea in Sycamore Canyon. It was a beautiful ride, though you can still see quite a bit of fire damage. We biked to the beach, had a picnic by the sea and decided to add in a difficult side trip on our return loop through the park. "Hell Hill,"... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great escape to great hiking. Hike to the "waterfall" or to the ocean (8miles). I've seen everything from deer and bunnies to coyotes and rattle snakes on hikes here. Great mountain biking. Usually see people but many moments of blissful solitude

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Includes ability to climb up Mt Boney and 10 mile trail from Newbury Park to Beach and Pacific Ocean

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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

There are a few agencies that come together and preserve a vast amount of land in these mountains. The National Park visitor center is a great resource for hiking, etc. We stopped there and the ranger was extremely helpful. We did some hikes while there last year and a few more this year. The mountains are great and the overall... More

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Ventura County Ca
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

me and my friend are constantly hiking running or biking in the Santa Monica mountains and love it weather you want a pro level bike ride or a ten minute jog you can do it all in the Santa Monica mountains. If you want shade there is shade in the valley or sun up on top. Its not very popular... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

You can hike continuously from La Jolla Meadows above the NAS firing range to Hollywood. Abundant flora and fauna including coyotes, mule deer, mountain lions, chaparral and riparian plants. Escondido Falls, Mt. Boney, Danielson settlers cabin and ranch, Chumash museum, up to 3,333 feet.

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

You wouldn't know that you're next to the LA metro area when you come into these mountains. We came on Christmas Day and King Gillette visitor center was closed. That meant a drive to the nearest McD's for restroom facilities. So, remember to call ahead if you're planning to visit on a major holiday, just in case. It's open most... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center is fabulous.It is located just off o Las Virgines Road on Mulholland Hwy. It gives an great overview of the recreational area and is a good place to get information on the wide variety of places to visit! The displays are well done and the the staff is helpful.

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a huge area that protects the rare Mediterranean environment and offers a multitude of recreational activates from hiking, camping, swimming, surfing, motoring and much more just northwest of LA. Composed many public lands and some private lands encompassing well know and lesser know parks, valleys, beaches and roads, many used for filming... More

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