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? You can start planning your visit by checking out some of the popular things to do or visiting our Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch.
Did You Know?
A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.