• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

For Kids

A ranger talks to students visiting the mountains about the flora of Leo Carrillo State Park.

Take an Amazing Cultural Journey

Travel through time on your computer. Explore the world of the people whose lives and way of life have changed the face of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Become a Junior Ranger

Earn your Junior Ranger Patch and pins while visiting the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Biodiversity Experience!

Take a virtual hike with Ranger Glen. Hiking from Boney Mountain to the Pacific Coast is an 8 mile journey through a pond, into a canyon, across a valley, and other habitats. There is a lot to see! Join Ranger Glen, the plants, and the animals of the Santa Monica Mountains on an adventure of discovery. Find out why Biodiversity is so important to all of us.

Let's Move Outside

By attending a Let's Move Outside program, you can obtain a Jr Ranger pin that counts toward you completing the Jr Ranger booklet. Check out the OUTDOORS for future Let's Move Outside programs.

Did You Know?

Rangers from California State Parks and the National Park Service discuss program ideas.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.