• 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?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.