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.
Plan Your Visit
What Makes This Park Unique?
Hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters characterize the climate of the Santa Monica Mountains. These semiarid conditions, and the mountains' location in a costal, middle latitude, place the park in what is known as a Mediterranean climate. This is one of only five such regions in the world.
How Do I Get to the Park?
What's in the park for me?
Are you looking for something specific or you just want to get orientated first and talk with a ranger?
Or maybe you just want to head out and explore the many park sites and locations.
You can even download brochures of our park before you visit.
Hikes, Walks, Talks, Tours, Rides, and so much more...
There are so many things to do and see in the Santa Monica Mountains. Below are just a few.
OUTDOORS Calendar of Events is your main guide to activities can enjoy throughout the park.
The Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center hosts cultural programs and workshops throughout the year.
Camping in the Santa Monica Mountains is a great way to experience the park from the mountains to the sea.
Did You Know?
At the geographical center of Los Angeles is a national park site. At Franklin Canyon Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, you can see cityscapes and natural views. The recreation area extendes in an east-west direction running through the heart of the city.