Recommended Riding Sites
These are just a few of the possible horseback riding sites in the Santa Monica Mountains. We encourage you to explore more approved trails in the mountains.
National Park Service
Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyon: there are many entry points, but horse trailers may be parked only in the main lot (entrance near 5800 Cheeseboro Road) or at Old Agoura Park (corner of Driver Ave and Chesebro Road). Trailer parking may be difficult on weekends due to high visitation.
Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa: use equestrian parking lot inside main entrance (at Via Goleta off Lynn Road). Horses are not allowed in Satwiwa Natural Area.
Zuma/Trancas Canyons: trailer parking at Zuma Canyon Trailhead.
Solstice Canyon: Limited Trails, Trailer Parking limited (5 trailer max.), (Riders are Strongly urged to ride weekdays only, avoiding weekends due to limited parking and high visitation)
Backbone Trail: check different trailheads for access and trailer parking.
Did You Know?
A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.