• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Photos & Multimedia

Image of Leo Carrillo State Park. Distant colorful clouds are back-lit by a sunset. It is framed by a rocky outcropping on the left and mountain slopes on the right. In the foreground: the Pacific Ocean waves with white, yellow, orange, and pink highlights gently slide up a smooth sandy beach.

Leo Carrillo State Park is just one of the many sites you can enjoy in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Photo: Trailmasters

The Santa Monica Mountains are full of wonder, life, and adventure. The myriad color and textures make the valleys, mountains, and oceans a unique place to photograph any time of the year.

The annual Spirit of the Mountains Photo Contest is just of the ways you can share your the park through you eyes. Visit the page above for contest information.



Did You Know?

The adult female of this cub died in 2005.

A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.