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.
Map and Site Information: Griffith Park
Consisting of over 4,000 acres, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park with urban wilderness in the United States. On the eastern side of the Santa Monica Mountain range, its elevation ranges from less than 400 ft. to just over 1,600 ft. above sea level.
Throughout time, the park has developed its own science observatory, railroad companies, and is even home to the Los Angeles Zoo. The nature surrounding the area has remained surprisingly unchanged from the time Native Americans once occupied its lower slopes. Colonel Griffith J. Griffith originally purchased this land in 1896 and gave it as a parkland gift to the state of California.
Site Info and Map
Golden State Fwy (Interstate 5), exit Crystal Springs Dr (toward Griffith Park). Go 1 mile west towards main section of park.
This site is managed and operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks.
Did You Know?
Unique vistas and cultural significance often draw filmmakers to National Parks. Paramount Ranch is the only place in the National Park System where you can see movie making in action at a historic movie ranch once owned by Paramount Pictures (1927).