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    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Open for Business

Ranger opening gate.
National Park Service Ranger Bonnie Clarfield opens the gate at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park for visitors. All National Park Service lands within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area had been closed as a result of the government shutdown
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News Release Date: October 17, 2013
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area re-opened early Thursday morning. Popular trailheads and visitor contact stations had been closed since October 1 due to the government shutdown.  

"We are very excited to welcome people back to their national park lands in the Santa Monica Mountains," said Superintendent David Szymanski. "We hope people get outside this weekend and have a wonderful time in their parks."

Areas re-opened include Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons, Rancho Sierra Vista, the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center, Paramount Ranch and Circle X Ranch.

Among other items, park biologists will arrange a necropsy on a mountain lion killed last week near the 101 Freeway's Liberty Canyon exit to determine its identity and origins.  

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. It comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities.  Learn more at www.nps.gov/samo. 

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Did You Know?

Rangers from California State Parks and the National Park Service discuss program ideas.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.