Places To Go
The Santa Monica Mountains provide an opportunity to experience a multitude of different habitats and ecosystems all in the same day. A patchwork of different park sites and locations make up this fragile Mediterranean climate located in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Click on the name of the area below to find out what parks sites are nearby. The cities and towns closest to that area will be listed beneath each heading.
Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oxnard, Paramount Ranch, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Ventura
Beverly Hills, Burbank, Cal State Northridge, Chatsworth, Calabasas, Encino, Glendale, Hollywood, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, Northridge, Pasadena, Tarzana, UCLA, Van Nuys, West Hills, Westwood, Woodland Hills
Camarillo, Malibu, Oxnard, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Ventura
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Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Culver City, Hollywood, LAX, Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Pasadena, Santa Monica, UCLA, USC, Venice
The Backbone Trail
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.