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.
Spirit of the Mountains Fall Photo Contest
Contact: Visitor Center, 805-370-2301
This fall, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area invites you to participate in its annual Spirit of the Mountains photo contest. Submissions will be accepted October 1-October 31, 2009.
Do you enjoy exploring the mountains with your camera? Consider heading out to the park and gathering some great shots for this year’s contest. Categories include: Plants, Animals, Scenic Shots, Young Photographers, People in Parklands, and a special category in celebration of the park’s 30th anniversary called Memories of the Mountains.
This contest has inspired many regional amateur photographers from the Southern California area to explore and discover new special places within the Santa Monica Mountains. One past winner reflected on his experiences taking photographs in the mountains, “Even though the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is very close to a well populated, urban environment, there are many places – especially on foggy days like this – where you feel like you are thousands of miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you’re more likely to see a deer or coyote than another person.” For more information on submission criteria and how to get involved in the contest, please visit Spirit of the Mountains.
Did You Know?
A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.