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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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Southern California Rugged and stark

This is beautiful. It was where the film Gunsmoke and numerous Hollywood westerns were shot as well as the M*A*S*H series. It has a desert like beauty... mainly because it is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This is beautiful. It was where the film Gunsmoke and numerous Hollywood westerns were shot as well as the M*A*S*H series. It has a desert like beauty... mainly because it is! There were blue hazes and clear skies with some high cloud. The views are staggering and the mountains sharp, the collage colourful when in flower and the bushes as... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Hiked here in April with my son's family. Two girls aged 8 1/2 and 5. They had no problem hiking the trails. I am a NJ hiker - used to hiking in forests. It was a different (but no less nice) experience. You will need a hat and sunscreen as there is no shade. I also was able to hike... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

A fantastic and informative visitor center has photos, exhibits, and a gift shop. Start there and go on beautiful hikes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

We went horseback riding into the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. The scenery has beautiful views. The area is very serene. You can tell that there was a recent fire (2-3 years ago) because of burnt brush but everything is growing back green and full. It is a must see if in the area. We drove through them and... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

At the National Park starting point in Newbury Park information is available for your hikes and rotating displays are there for your enjoyment and education.

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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The Conejo Valley (Agoura, Westlake, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park) has plenty of open space, and you can find a trail head in every nieghborhood! Enjoy views of the mountains, hidden little valleys, the ocean, and more. Hike alone, with your best friend, or take the whole family! Expect to see hawks, rabbits, deer, snakes, and coyotes. Bring your water bottle,... More 

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

Great hiking area's and things to see. You hike to see water falls, Paramount Studio Filming Ranch and seeing my favorite the M*A*S*H set. There's lots to do in Thousand Oaks and the Ronald Reagan Library is in near by Simi Valley.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

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 February 8, 2016

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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