• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Places To Go

A map of park sites found in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area based on access to major roadways.
A map of park sites found in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area based on access to major roadways. Sites in the bright colored boxes are listed below.
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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.

09 Scenic - Best in Show - Golden State Landscape

Best in Show - Golden State Landscape - 2009 Spirit of the Mountains Photo Contest

Herbert Petermann

Northwestern Park Sites

Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oxnard, Paramount Ranch, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Ventura

Northeastern Park Sites

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

Southwestern Park Sites

Camarillo, Malibu, Oxnard, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Ventura

Boney Mountain and Oak-KLow-web

Boney Mountain and Oak at Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa

NPS - K Low

Southeastern Park Sites

Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Culver City, Hollywood, LAX, Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Pasadena, Santa Monica, UCLA, USC, Venice

The Backbone Trail

The Backbone Trail crosses land managed by several different agencies--from Point Mugu State Park to Will Roger's State Historic Park.

Did You Know?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.