• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Fees & Reservations

Friendly rangers always greet you as you enter a national park.

Entrance Fees for the Santa Monica Mountains

National Park Service Lands:

There are currently no entrance or exit fees for National Park Service (NPS) sites in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Note: As of October 1, 2013, the NPS in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area does not sell or issue any of the federal recreation lands passes.

However, there is a charge for camping in the park and special park use permits.

California State Parks, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and other public parklands:

There are many agencies that manage parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains besides the National Park Service. Because each site is managed differently, it is best to check with the specific land managing agency if there is a usage or parking fee.

Click here to get a list of park partner web pages.

Other National Park Service Units:

Visit www.nps.gov to learn more about fees and reservation at specific parks.

 

America the Beautiful Pass Series

Starting January 1, 2007 the old Golden Age, Golden Eagle, and Golden Access Passes will be replaced with a new series of interagency passes called the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

All National Parks Passes, Golden Eagle, Golden Eagle Hologram, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

The National Park Service (NPS) no longer sells the federal lands passes at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center. The federal lands passes, including versions for seniors, active military and the disabled, cover entrance fees at national parks and other federal lands.

There is no fee to enter federal lands in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Though you cannot purchase the federal lands passes in the Santa Monica Mountains, the federal lands passes can be purchased at Channel Islands National Park or at Angeles National Forest. For information on other methods of obtaining one of these passes, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm

 
2014 Annual Pass

America the Beautiful
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Annual Pass
Cost $80
This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas. (children under 16 are admitted free) The pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, press three (3) , or via the Internet at http://store.usgs.gov/pass.

 
Military Pass 2013 FINALweb

America the Beautiful
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Annual Pass for Military
Free
To honor our active military personnel and dependents, admission is free at sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. It is available to active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173). The pass admits the pass owners and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional 3 adults at sites that charge per person

 
Senior Pass

America the Beautiful
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Senior Pass
Cost $10
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

 
Access Pass

America the Beautiful
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Access Pass
Free

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Did You Know?

Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash played an important role in making sure 85 acres remained open space.

On June 13, 1980, Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash and concerned citizens fulfilled a dream-- a place for families to explore our natural world and learn about the Chumash. Satwiwa in Newbury Park, CA celebrates the beauty of the mountains and all Native American cultures.