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.
EarthCaching in the Mountains
EarthCaching is similar to regular traditional geocaching except that there is no object left behind. The destination is a unique or interesting geological or geographical feature like a mountain peak.
Take a look at the different EarthCaches rangers have set-up to learn about both our popular sites and lesser known ones.
Note: These sites are more remote and do not have facilities near-by. For more accessible sites, please visit our ParkCache page.
To visit our EarthCaches, click on the name of the caches to get to the link to geocaching.com for information on each of the sites and to get the coordinates for your adventure as well as find the quiz you'll come back to get your certificate.- A View by De-fault
- Inspiration Point - How the mountains formed!
- Sandstone Peak - The top of the Santa Monica Mountains
Did You Know?
A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.