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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Operating Hours & Seasons

Operating Hours & Seasons

The National Park Service Visitor Center is open daily from 9AM to 5PM. It is closed on some federal holidays, as well as, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Visitor Center contains a bookstore which is open during the same hours. Call for current hours or more information: 805-370-2301.

Parklands are available year-round. However during times of inclement weather or emergencies (fires, wind storms, etc.) site may be closed.

Click here for information on closures and restrictions.


Mountains: Highest in spring; Lowest in summer

Beaches: Highest in summer; Lowest in winter


The climate can be quite different depending on the time of year and what side of the mountain range you decide to visit.

Did You Know?

Rangers from California State Parks and the National Park Service discuss program ideas.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.