Closures & Restrictions
During Wet Months:
Use Caution and be Conscientious. During or shortly after rain, hazardous trail conditions may occur: including slippery trails, rock falls, tree falls, mud flows, and mud pits, especially in recent fire areas. When these conditions occur, recreational trail use is not recommended. Regular trail use can usually begin 1-2 days after the rain stops. If you notice hazardous trail conditions, resource damage or would like updates, please contact our Visitor Center--805-370-2301.
During Fire Season:
For your safety, public lands in the Santa Monica Mountains may be closed to public use during severe fire weather conditions.
Click here to download the 2012 Fire Restriction Notice.
For National Park Service site in the mountains, call 805-370-2301 during busness hours for more information.
For California State Parks, call 805-488-8147 for a 24-hour recording on closures of State Parks within the Santa Monica Mountains.
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Did You Know?
Four state parks were the triumph of a grassroots movement to protect open spaces minutes from Los Angeles in the 1950s & 60s. Three women, Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feuer further galvanized the movement that helped make Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality in 1978.