• 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?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.