• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    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?

Franklin Canyon is a great place for natural and city views.

At the geographical center of Los Angeles is a national park site. At Franklin Canyon Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, you can see cityscapes and natural views. The recreation area extendes in an east-west direction running through the heart of the city.