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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: +1 805-370-2301
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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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CIRCLE X RANCH - Grotto Hike - AWESOME!

Go to the National Park System (nps.gov) website and read up on Circle X Ranch, if interested in more information. We went to the Grotto and beyond. It was a very challenging... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 28, 2016
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Go to the National Park System (nps.gov) website and read up on Circle X Ranch, if interested in more information. We went to the Grotto and beyond. It was a very challenging hike (lots of boulders & volcanic rock to climb over once down there) but well worth it. Bring A LOT of water! If one doesn't care for the... More 

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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

I remember visiting the headquarters of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Thousand Oaks, CA in 2007. I returned to Thousand Oaks in 2016 and learned that the National Park Service only maintains offices at the Hillcrest Drive location. The Visitor Center has been moved to 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302. This location is several miles to... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Most of the Santa Monica Mountains is either National or State park or nature reserve. We live on the northwest end of the Santa Monica Mountains, near the top of Sycamore Canyon. The main trail is 8.5mile from Lynn / Potrero Roads down to the beach. There are well over 50 miles of trails just in this one section of... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

I recently rode my bike from Malibu, up Latigo Canyon to Mullholland and back through Topanga Canyon. Great ride? Definitely. 5000' of climbing over just under 50 miles of winding road. The catch was once you dip back into the mountains much of the pleasant coastal breeze disappears. I was able to top off at the Santa Monica Mountains visitor... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

I love to walk here with my favorite music in my ears, the hills and clean air clear my mind and the walk pumps energy to my body.This place is also popular with mountain bicyclers.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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