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.
Permit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Each event is so unique and special that there are bound to be questions not listed here. However, over the years we have built a list of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs).
How do I apply for a permit?
Requests for permits are taken by phone and/or e-mail in the order received. Leave a voice message and your call will be returned.
What do I need to have ready before I call / e-mail the park?
Dates, times, number of hours, total number of people, any activities I want to have (games, moon-bounce, etc.), what type of deliveries; food services / catering, decorations, equipment, and most importantly, the location.
If I am photographing a friend / family member do I need a permit?
Taking pictures as part of your vacation or family outing is encouraged always. However, taken photographs for compensation requires a permit.
How is the cell phone coverage?
Being that you will be located in a national park, cell-phone coverage can be spotty and unreliable.
Can I get wireless internet?
No, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area does not provide wireless internet access.
Do you have a business center that I can use (fax machine, copy machine, computers, etc.)?
No, the use of government facilities and equipment is not permitted under federal law.
Do you have a kitchen, mess area, or other food services prep area?
No, however it is encouraged that you use a caterer that has a familiarity with the site before you apply for your permit.
I'm not sure if I can have my event / activity in the national park. Can you still help me out?
Feel free to call or e-mail us. Remember, we're here to help.
Hey Ranger, you forgot to answer my question on your list. How can I talk to you?
Did You Know?
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.