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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Mountains, Movies and Magic Video

Jill Swift, Sue Nelson, and Margot Feuer are three women supported and fought for the creation of the recreation area. Seen here at Peter Strauss Ranch during a women's history program held in 1999.

Explore the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on this Discovery Channel production. These two videos are exerpts from the full 20 minute video available for watching in the National Park Visitor Center.

Take 1 focuses on the development of the recreation area. It interviews two park founders, Margot Fueurer and Jill Swift. Their vision of the possiblities and "never give up" approach to politics shows us all that "we can make a difference in our environment. They were instrumental in the creation of the recreation area. Watch Take 1.

A mountain biker, dressed in helmet and bike gear is standing with his bike on a fire road trail, as the Simi Hills of Cheeseboro Canyon roll out in front of him.
Take 2 focuses on recreational opportunities and mountain history. Watch Take 2.

Did You Know?

Watch the credits a the end of a film and you may discover how often national parks are used by the movie industry.

Unique vistas and cultural significance often draw filmmakers to National Parks. Paramount Ranch is the only place in the National Park System where you can see movie making in action at a historic movie ranch once owned by Paramount Pictures (1927).