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.
The Santa Monica Mountains are considered by some to be one of the most filmed and photographed mountain ranges in the world. You may have seen them on screen and not even known it.
Movies, television, and even commercials are filmed at various park sites year-round.
Places like Paramount Ranch, Mugu Rock, and Malibu Creek State Park have played Colorado, the coast of Europe. and even Korea.
Enjoy the movies below to get a taste of what brings these mountains from set to screen.
Explore the Santa Monica Mountains on this Discovery Channel production that looks at the natural and cultural history of the mountains. It also provides insight into the founding of the recreation area.
Did You Know?
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.