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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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Take the Inspiration Point hike

We ventured here one morning to escape the concrete jungle of LA. I'm from Colorado so not easily... read more

Reviewed June 30, 2018
Whitney M
Denver, Colorado
Best reason to live in southern California

I live around the corner. The national park part is small, but it connects to point magu state... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Robert M
Thousand Oaks, California
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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.
401 W Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-4223
+1 805-370-2301
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

We ventured here one morning to escape the concrete jungle of LA. I'm from Colorado so not easily impressed by other mountains, but these were delightful. There is a nice visitor center at the site of an old ranch, with interactive displays about the wildlife,...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

I live around the corner. The national park part is small, but it connects to point magu state park which is the best hiking in southern California. National park has rangers on weekends. A small exhibit and botanical garden. Has a native American theme as...More

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Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area is unique experience for those looking to escape the crowds of L.A. The park has over 450 miles of trails and some really interesting place to stop on Mulholland Pkwy! Paramount ranch is cool with old western town and...More

Reviewed December 29, 2017 via mobile

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is hardly comparable to the marquee National Parks in the USA but it offers a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Southern California. We like to hike in Rancho Sierra Vista and connect with Pt Mugu...More

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Reviewed December 19, 2017

Being out of the City while in the City. Spectacular places, thing to do, and wilderness experience while barely leaving home. I can view Sandstone Peak, where I broke my leg and was helicoptered out from my front porch. Other experiences were not quite as...More

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Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

It's nice to have such a fantastic natural space right near LA. The hiking is great, and the Native American art at the visitor center is truly wonderful.

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Reviewed October 25, 2017

We stopped at the Visitor's Center at King Gillette Ranch before we hiked up into Solstice Canyon. The staff person at the Visitor's Center was very helpful and provided us with maps which turned out to be very useful because the map case at Solstice...More

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

The hiking trails in Santa Monica have great mountain and ocean views. They are well marked and well maintained. Not all trails are open to dogs and the fines are steep so be careful to check the signs.

Thank Sheri D
Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

There's great hiking and driving all throughout the Santa Monica National Recreation Area. Be sure to check out the main visitor center for some interesting exhibits and maps on the parks. There is no entrance fee for this area. The rangers here also have brochures...More

Reviewed August 16, 2017

This is one of the best hiking trails and so close. You can actually walk from Newbury Park to Malibu. The wild life and flora are outstanding. There is a place in front of the park that you can rent horses to ride through the...More

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This recreational area is huge, so It is hard to make a general statement about it, but I can say that the Satiwa cultural center is a nice flat 1/4 mile hike from the parking lot. You come to an authentic Indian "house" and... More