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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
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Horseback riding, Birdwatching
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... more » 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. « less
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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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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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Such history and beauty. Enjoyed just looking at the sights and the mountains and of course the beach.

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los angeles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

My boyfriend and I spent four days at the Sycamore Canyon Campground and we went through one trail that started from the campground (Overlook Fire Road). The trail, which follows the fire road, turned out to be a real hell: 10 miles of parched land without a hint of shade under a scorching sun with at least 110 degrees. At... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

January through May, there are waterfalls, vistas and plenty of wildflowers to enjoy while exercising one's body and mind. Rancho Sierra Satwiwa has a cultural center with storytellers, basketweaving classes and other native American related activities. Volunteers lead hikes several times a week during the cooler seasons (see the Calendar of Events posted on the website below). Circle X has... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've hiked here many times. Beautiful oak trees and hills. River and rock pool. Old MASH site. $ for parking at the main entrance but there are several other places to enter for free.

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