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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Traveling Trunks


Reserve our free cultural heritage traveling trunks and explore the Tongva & Chumash pre-contact period and 19th century Spanish/Mexican cultures of the Mission and Rancho eras. Teacher-led traveling trunks are designed to compare cultural periods in Southern California and the Santa Monica Mountains. Period reproduction artifacts, activities, lesson plans, reference materials and curriculum guides are included.

Did You Know?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.