Partial Park Closure Due to Hazardous Conditions
Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa re-opens 5/14/13, with restrictions (sunrise to sunset, not all trails). Sandstone Peak & Mishe Mokwa trails will also open, as will Backbone Trail east of Point Mugu State Park boundary. Point Mugu backcountry remains closed. More »
Trucks on Cheeseboro Canyon Trail
Occasional truck traffic (approx 6 trips per day) will take place on Cheeseboro Cyn Trail weekdays between 8am & 4pm for demolition and removal of Cheeseboro Tank. Should be completed by 5/24/13. Check back for updates or call 818-889-8996. More »
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Launches Online Camping Reservations and New Fee Structure
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will launch a new online reservation system and fee structure for its group campground on May 2. The Circle X Ranch Campground accommodates groups of 10 to 75 people and is located in Malibu.
"This new system not only provides better customer service, but also promotes efficiency," said Acting Superintendent Lorenza Fong. "We want to make reserving the campground as convenient as possible for the greatest number of people."
Currently the park manages the former Boy Scout campground through an in-house process that is only available between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Beginning May 2, campground reservations will only be taken through www.recreation.gov, www.reserveamerica.com, or by calling 1-877-444-6777 from 8:00 am to 6:00 p.m.
The reservation system incorporates a new fee structure, which replaces the previous rate of $2 per person. Under the former system, the number of actual campers often fluctuated from the time of the reservation, resulting in numerous additions and subtractions upon check-in. The new tiered system charges a flat rate of $35 per night for 10-35 people, $75 for 36-50 people and $125 for 51-75 people.
The last day to make reservations through the old system will be April 27, 2012 for camping dates up until July 31st, 2012. As part of the transition, the reservation system will be unavailable from April 28 to May 1.
For additional information, please contact the visitor center at 805-370-2301.
Did You Know?
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.