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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center

The Satwiwa Native America Indian Culture Center has a native plant garden and a replica Chumash home called an 'Ap.

For many years, the Santa Monica Mountains sustained the Chumash and Tongva/Gabrielino cultures. Sycamore Canyon, which cuts through Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa and Point Mugu State Park, was part of a Chumash trade route. Satwiwa, which means "the bluffs," was the name of a nearby Chumash village. To reflect this heritage, Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center and Natural Area was established by the National Park Service in partnership with the Friends of Satwiwa.

A Native American guest host or a park ranger is on hand to answer questions from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Native American workshops, programs and art shows occur throughout the year. Call for information on accessibility parking.

Trail Map and Current Weather

Trail Map and Site Information (PDF-164K)

Current Weather

Restrooms, pets on leash, ranger station, store, picnic area, wildflower viewing, easy hiking, moderate hiking, strenuous hiking, biking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing.
The Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center is open from 9am - 5pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and some federal holidays.

Directions

Located at Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa in Newbury Park, California.

From Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) exit Lynn Road. Turn south on Lynn Road for 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park Entrance is on the left. Walk 0.3 mile up gravel road from the last parking area to the Culture Center.
Note: The driveway off Potrero Rd is a service road and access to handicap parking only.

GPS Coordinates for Entrance (Via Goleta & Lynn Road): N 34.1569 W -118.9733
GPS Coordinates for Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center: N 34.1504 W -118.9613

Map for entrance to Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa. View Larger Map
This map shows the main entrance to Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa.

Did You Know?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.