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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Horseback Riding in the Park

Three visitors enjoy a horseback ride in Cheeseboro Canyon.

With more than 500 miles of horse trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, there's a lot to see! You can enjoy a quiet ride on a trail. Explore the mountains on an exhilarating all-day ride. Join other equestrians at an overnight campground. There are even organizations that have horse rentals and take you on guided tours.

This information will help you in finding trails and parking, tips on horse safety and etiquette, and keeping everyone safe during your ride.

Horseback Riding

Preparation- always know before you go

  • Make sure the access road can accommodate your horse trailer.
  • Check recommended riding sites in advance for suitable trailer parking; anticipate higher weekend usage.
  • Maps, guidebooks, and other information are available at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA, 91302

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.