• 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

The Interagency Visitor Center and bookstore is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Satwiwa Native American Culture Center is open on weekends from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Both are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, as well as some other federal holidays. For more information, call 805-370-2301.

While trails and parklands are open year round and 24 hours a day, parking lots are only open from 8:00 AM to sunset. During times of inclement weather or emergencies (fires, wind storms, etc.) parking lots and trails may be closed to protect park resources and the public.

Seasons

Many national parks have busy summer seasons and quiet winter seasons. Here at Santa Monica Mountains, with our mild Mediterranean climate, we're fortunate to offer year-round programs and recreational opportunities. Still, there are some visitation patterns depending on where and when you go.

Mountains: Visitation is highest in spring and lowest in summer.
Beaches: Visitation is highest in summer and lowest in winter.

Did You Know?