The Inspiration Loop Trail provides a great opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and quickly escape into the... more » Santa Monica Mountains. Thanks to the generous gift of Betty Rogers we can learn about the importance of Will Rogers and share his love of nature and mankind. In addition to touring the historic Ranch House and learning why Will is regarded as one of the preeminent Americans of the 20th century, we can also experience the reason he chose to live in these gorgeous rambling mountains. Experience multiple unique vistas of the Los Angeles basin and Santa Monica Bay with clear day views of Catalina, Saddleback Peak, and Chino Hills. Connect to the Backbone Trail in Topanga State Park and get still better views and more exercise. The route taken includes two side trips to Inspiration Point and a portion of the Backbone Trail as far as the Chicken Ridge Bridge. The loop was a favorite of Will's and the visiting elite of early Hollywood.
Will’s Ranch became his refuge where he relaxed with family and friends while pursuing his favorite pastimes of riding and roping. When Will died in1935 in a tragic plane crash, the ranch consisted of a 31-room ranch house, stable, corrals, a riding ring, roping arena, a polo field, a small golf course, and several hiking/riding trails through the property. In 1944 Betty Rogers deeded the Ranch to California State Parks as a living memorial to Will and his tireless efforts in healing the hearts of a broken nation and eliminating suffering.
Ranch House Tours:
Tours of the Ranch House are offered Thursdays and Fridays, at 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Ranch House tours on Saturday and Sunday are given on the hour from 10 am to 4pm. You do not need a reservation to take a tour unless you have a group of 15 or more.
School group and special group tours are available Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am. For more information contact the Park Interpretive Staff at (310) 454-8212, ext. 103.
The Will Rogers Polo Club plays polo each weekend from April to October. Riding lessons are available Monday through Saturday. See visit the park’s destination page on this app for more information. Equestrians are welcome to bring their horses into the park for day-use, to enjoy the riding and roping arena, Sarah's Point, and the Inspiration Point Trail.
On site is Will Rogers Trail Rides providing horse rental and guided trail rides on the trails of Will Rogers SHP. Guided trail rides are available every day except Mondays. Rides can be booked Tuesday through Fridays as can a private guided ride. Call (310) 662-3707 or go online at http://www.willrogerstrailrides.com for information.
A moderate 2-mile loop trail to Inspiration Point Mre adventurous hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can travel the Backbone Trail deeper into the Santa Monica Mountains, which can take you through Topanga SP and as far as Point Mugu.
The Park Interpretive Staff offers tours of the ranch house and grounds. However, you and your family can enjoy many features of the park on your own. Visit the park’s destination page with links to the official web page to download the Self-Guided Ranch Tour Card.
The visitor center is open daily 8:30AM to 4:30PM..
Located at the far end of the main parking lot, tables and BBQ grills are provided. Reservations are required when group size is 25 or more. Call (310) 454-8212 Ext.106 for reservation information.
Will Rogers State Historic Park offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service.
Access to the service is within a 250 foot range of the Ranger Station within in the Park. less «