Things To Do
Whether you are a visitor from out of town or life-long local, explore this one of a kind national park.
The Santa Monica Mountains rise above Los Angeles, widen to meet the curve of Santa Monica Bay, and reach their highest peaks facing the open ocean. The land is beautiful and diverse.
The rugged coastline offers narrow sandy beaches and rocky shores.
Where do I start?
Be sure to check our homepage for links to our large events and breaking news under the Features section.
If you are going to be visiting us in person, you can also stop by our Visitor Center to talk directly with a ranger.
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Need ideas on what you can do?
Where can I go?
Check out the Places To Go page to see a map of park sites and neighboring cities.
Each park site page has information on the activities and facilities available.
Look for selected icons like those below on each park site page..
Activities available in this park are: biking, camping, climbing, horseback riding, easy hiking, moderate hiking, strenuous hiking, fishing, visiting historic sites, pets on leash, swimming, water activities, wildflower viewing, wildlife viewing.
Make the most of your OUTDOORS experience in the Santa Monica Mountains:
Download your own pdf copy of the events calendar below to search for National Park Service programs in the recreation area.
For a listing of National Park Service only programs and events based of the current issue of OUTDOORS, please visit the Schedule of Events page.
The Santa Monica Mountains Fund sponsors the development of the OUTDOORS.
You can request a printed version by contacting our visitor center at 805-370-2301 or use the sign-up form online.
Did You Know?
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.