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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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The world's largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from...

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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We love hiking in these mountains

Just moved here from Denver and although these are nothing like the mountains in Colorado, my wife and I (and our dog) still love getting out each weekend to explore this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Thousand Oaks, California
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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just moved here from Denver and although these are nothing like the mountains in Colorado, my wife and I (and our dog) still love getting out each weekend to explore this beautiful area. Our favorite hike so far is the Sandstone Peak trail (6 mile loop).

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

this is the prettiest area to see! the mountains are beautiful, the hiking, biking, picnicking....it is a fantastic spot to see! don't miss it! mt. boney hike is a great one, walking down to sycamore beach is another....this time of year (feb) is so beautiful! it's a lovely way to spend the day!

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We like the Santa Monica Mountains Natural Reserve. Its a great place for hiking. The vista views from some parts of the reserve are amazing. Its also a good place for mountain biking. Its a large area and extends about 40 miles. Part of the park has stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

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bay area, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Enjoyed our short visit to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. We visited King Gillette Ranch, Paramount Ranch and Satwiwa Native Indian Culture Center this time around. Definitely enjoyed time at the Visitor Center at the former stable for King Gillette Ranch. The ranger spent a lot of time talking to us about its history as well all the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Hiking, biking, resting, picnicking in a beautiful are adjacent to a city with high and Low brow culture. Easy access to freeways, and eateries with take out options.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Santa Monica Mountains are a peaceful and beautiful place. It's a nice place to hike. It's a great place to get away from it all. There aren't tons of people walking around. Get out and enjoy some nature.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Not much needed to say here other than you have to spend some time in the mountains to truly appreciate where we live.

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Newbury Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Amazing place to get away from it all. AND yet so close. You find yourself in another world of peace and beauty. Plenty of parking and breath taking beauty.

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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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