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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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Address: 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone Number: 805-370-2301
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Activities: Camping, Hiking, Horseback riding, Birdwatching
Description: The world’s largest urban national park, extending more than 45...
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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The address 401 Hillcrest listed above is offices. Don't go there. The Visitor's Center is at King Gillette Ranch is free and is located at 26876 Mulholland Hwy. The Visitor's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The address 401 Hillcrest listed above is offices. Don't go there. The Visitor's Center is at King Gillette Ranch is free and is located at 26876 Mulholland Hwy. The Visitor's center has excellent displays for all ages. Across the street on Las Virgenes Road. is Malibu Creek State Park. Excellent hiking trails. SMMNRA stretches along the ocean from Ventura County... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Excellent place to hike, bike or just take a stroll. It's SoCal nature at it's best. With recent fires you will see how slow recovery can be and learn about this natural process. In these drought years do not expect rushing creeks or waterfalls but so enjoy the stark beauty of the chaparral or the cool shade of the oak... More 

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Port Hueneme, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a really great place to go hiking. You can go to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center and watch a great short film that gives some history and then hike. I watched an Indian blessing while there. There are so many places to hike in these mountains.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Drove through from the northern side of the Santa Monica Mountains going to the coast to visit the ocean and just enjoy good scenery. BEAUTIFUL!

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is another amazing place to go if you are craving the outdoors of Ventura County. Go Hiking or Biking and take in all the beauty of this place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Although it is super hot and dry, the views are beautiful and the park is really well laid out, clean and nice to walk in. Really fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The Santa Monica National mountains have easy to kick your rear hikes available. Mountain peaks, meadows, wildlife and ocean views. Choose a trail that fits your fitness level, bring water and wear good hiking shoes. You'll be amazed these trais are in our backyard. Juse Do It!

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Malibu, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Able to go and walk till the sun goes down is a view hard to describe, to listen to the birds and wonder how many people thousand of years ago walked around here

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

My husband and I are just learning to hike. We love to be outside yet still close to the city so we can get where we need to and back. Many people bike or have their horses on the trails too.

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Newbury Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Right out your back door!! It absolutely huge and challenging if your a beginner or expert you can find a fun trail to do.

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