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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Mountain Biking in the Park

A mountain biker takes a moment to enjoy views of the park from a rise.

The mountain bike trails traversing the Santa Monica Mountains weave through diverse terrain. From ridgetops to canyon floors, there are many opportunities for a great ride. Challenge yourself with an exhausting ascent that yields rewarding ocean views, or leisurely pedal along an oak-shaded stream. On any trek, always ride safely and responsibly, and with minimal impact to the land.

Download a copy of the Mountain Biking Brochure (PDF).

Click the links above for more information.

Preparation - always know before you go.

• Plan your trip carefully. Prepare to be self-sufficient at all times.
• Know your ability, equipment and the area where you will ride.
• Keep your bicycle in good condition. Carry tools for minor repairs.
• Know local rules and park regulations. Be aware of the bicycle provisions of the California
Vehicle Code.

Did You Know?

Rangers from California State Parks and the National Park Service discuss program ideas.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.