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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Virtual Tour

A small tree frog perches on a leaf.

No matter how big or small, the biodiversity of living things are important to a healthy environment.

The Biodiversity Experience!

Take a virtual hike with Ranger Glen. Hiking from Boney Mountain to the Pacific Coast is an 8 mile journey through pond, canyon, valley, and other habitats. There is a lot to see! Join Ranger Glen, the plants, and the animals of the Santa Monica Mountains on an adventure of discovery. Find out why Biodiversity is so important to all of us.


The Cultural Journey: 4th and 5th Graders

Designed to supplement the 4th and 5th grade traveling trunk program-Struggle and Opportunity: A California Cultural Journey, these interactive vignettes provide pictures and insight into the cultures that have shaped the history and land of the Santa Monica Mountains-- including: Chumash, Spanish Missions, and Spanish Ranchos. Visit the past and explore our mountain heritage on this cultural journey!

Did You Know?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.