2013 Fire Restirctions
Due to high fire danger, fire and smoking restrictions are now in effect on all National Park Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For details, please download the public notice or call 805-370-2301. More »
Update on Park Closures
All NPS trails are open at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa! Currently, this park site is only open sunrise to sunset.
Come take a visual hike through the Backbone Trail
Contact: Visitor Center, 805-370-2301
On Saturday, August 15, from 2-3:30 PM, come to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitor Center and experience the 62 mile long Backbone Trail without the summer heat. Photographer Jim Belsley will take you on a virtual hike through his photos and maps. If you are curious as to what the trail’s all about, or if you’ve thought about hiking the trail on your own but aren’t sure how to get started, come and get the latest information.
The National Park Service and the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council sponsor an annual series of day hikes on the Backbone Trail. Jim accompanied the hikers in the 2009 series as group photographer and will show his photos at this lecture program. Jim is a volunteer photographer for the National Park Service. Some of his photos are in the current Santa Monica Mountains Guidebook, published by Western National Parks Association. He’ll be assisted by experienced Backbone Trail hike leaders who were part of this year’s hike series.
Directions to the event:
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitor Center - is located at 401 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Take the Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd. Exit north on Lynn Rd. Turn east (right) onto Hillcrest Drive, then left on McCloud Ave. Turn into first driveway on your right and follow the road up the hill to the parking area. Walk down the stairs or take the elevator to the Visitor Center. Signs will direct you to the lecture room. Parking is free. Stop by the Visitor Center bookstore after the program to take advantage of the special 20% off weekend sale on Aug. 15 and 16.
Did You Know?
On June 13, 1980, Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash and concerned citizens fulfilled a dream-- a place for families to explore our natural world and learn about the Chumash. Satwiwa in Newbury Park, CA celebrates the beauty of the mountains and all Native American cultures.