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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Map and Site Information: Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyon

Hikers can find solitude in remote sections of Cheeseboro Canyon.

This area of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is actually in the Simi Hills. At over 4,000 acres in size, this park provides valuable habitat for an abundance of wildlife, including several species of raptors (bird of prey), coyotes, bobcats and even mountain lions. Situated just north of Highway 101, it also provides a source of open space for wild animals to potentially connect with the habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains. For over 200 years, ranchers made these canyons their homes, changing the landscape. Due to heavy grazing, much of the native vegetation was replaced by European annuals such as wild oats and mustard. Today, the land has a chance to rejuvenate, but evidence of past use still remains.

Restrooms, Dogs on leash, Picnic Tables, Easy hiking, Moderate hiking, Strenuous hiking, Biking, Horseback riding, Wildlife viewing
During wet years, Cheeseboro can look vastly different than the dry years seen in the above picture.

Site Info and Map

Trail Map (PDF -255K)
Current Weather

Directions

5792 Chesebro Road, Agoura, CA 91301

Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn north on Palo Comado Canyon Rd then right on Chesebro Rd. Go north 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right and follow road to parking lot.

GPS Coordinates for main parking lot entrance: N 34.1543 W -118.7339

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The marker shows the entrance to the main parking lot.

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.