Firearms in the National Recreation Area
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally posses firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms on lands administered by the National Park Service in this recreation area.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, federal firearms laws before entering this park.
As a starting point, please visit California's firearms web site: California DOJ Bureau of Firearms. You may also download a copy of California's Firearms Laws Summary Booklet for further information.
Federal law still prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Some of the main facilities in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area that prohibit firearms are:
For more information you can download the following documents:
Did You Know?
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.