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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Directions

Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch located in Calabasas, CA. Open from 9am - 5pm daily.

Visitor Centers

Currently there are two visitor centers managed by the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center
King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas, CA
Open from 9am - 5pm
7-days a week (closed some federal holidays)

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center
Newbury Park, CA
Open from 9am - 5pm
Saturdays & Sundays

A fiew from the top of Boney Mountain looking northwest towards Ventura County and hills and valleys below.

Places to Go

Wondering where you can go? Are you closer to Los Angeles or Ventura? Do you want to be near the beach or the inland valleys?

Check out the Places To Go page to see a map of park sites and neighboring cities.

Each park site page has information on the activities and facilities available.

Look for selected icons like those below on each park site page..

Activities or facilities available in this park are: biking, public transportation, camping, climbing, sites close to Los Angeles, easy hiking, moderate hiking, strenuous hiking, horseback riding, facilities for rent, fishing, historic sites, pets on leash, picnic areas, ranger stations, restrooms, gift shops / park stores, stroller friendly areas, swimming, water activities, wildflower viewing, wildlife viewing.

Activities or facilities available in this park are: biking, public transportation, camping, climbing, sites close to Los Angeles, easy hiking, moderate hiking, strenuous hiking, horseback riding, facilities for rent, fishing, historic sites, pets on leash, picnic areas, ranger stations, restrooms, gift shops / park stores, stroller friendly areas, swimming, water activities, wildflower viewing, wildlife viewing.

Partner Websites and Information:

There are also many park partners managing parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains, check each center's website for hours, directions, and more information beyond what you find on this site.

Did You Know?

Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feurer were instrumental in the movement to create a national recreation area near Los Angeles.

Four state parks were the triumph of a grassroots movement to protect open spaces minutes from Los Angeles in the 1950s & 60s. Three women, Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feuer further galvanized the movement that helped make Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality in 1978.