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“Great in Winter & Spring” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Owner description: 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.
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great in Winter & Spring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

I love hiking in this area and the views can be spectacular. The views disappear when summer comes on and the haze/smog starts to build up. Things also turn the same shade of brown in the summer. In the winter and spring everything is lush and green.

Visited December 2012
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USA
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful area, easy to see movie set”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

It is hard to believe that this beautiful National Recreation Area is so close to the hustle and bustle of LA! It is the largest urban National Park area but not the largest National Park which is Alaska's Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park & Preserve. The new visitor center was very nice and contained lots of helpful info and great educational displays. I hope to visit again and explore more of the trails and natural areas, but for this visit I was particularly interested in the Paramount Ranch. Scores of movies have been filmed here, and it is an easy walk from the parking lot. I was a fan of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Women which was filmed here from 1992 to 1997. Even though the buildings were used for many movies, the whole place looked like we were walking through Colorado Springs in the late 1860's as part of the set of the show. It was easy to imagine Dr. Quinn coming out of her clinic or Mr. Bray sweeping the porch of his store, Jake cutting hair in the barbershop, Hank at the saloon, or Grace in her cafe. If you are a fan of the show, you will enjoy seeing this set. Not much has changed!

Visited February 2013
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Camarillo, California
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528 reviews
265 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“Imagine nature off the 101 Freeway!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Imagine nature off the 101 freeway! I am always exploring new parts of the park. The hike up Sandstone Peak is inspiring and the coastal canyons off Highway 1 are always worth a half day hike.

Visited December 2012
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oxnard
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223 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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“out of the way”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

You will get robbed if you leave anything in the car. If they see you walking without your purse your car will be broken into. Trails a rough and not a lot to see.

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Los Angeles, California
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85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nature”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

What can I say but get out of your car take a walk or hike. Get some fresh air. Nice to be in nature.

Visited November 2012
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Thank Gary D
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