• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    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?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.