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.
Instead of constructing a brand-new facility, the agencies managing the visitor center relied on the resourcefulness of the past mixed with state-of-the-art sustainable building designs to open the visitor center. We were able to retrofit this former stable mainly because the original adobe structure was positioned in such a way to maximum the amount of seasonal daylight and reduce the need to artificially heat and cool the facility.
In our Mediterranean ecosystem, water is a particularly important resource, which is why this facility uses reclaimed water from Las Virgenes Municipal Water District to irrigate our plants. Water management has another meaning since this site is located in a flood plain; excess water drains into two dry wells built into the ground of the courtyard. These wells drain the excess water into three ponds to prevent run-off from going directly into the creek, and provides some filtration of ground pollutants that could harm neighboring aquatic life.
Did You Know?
A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.