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.
Trail Sections - East
Photo by Jim Belsley
The Backbone Trail ties together the individual parks of the Santa Monica Mountains, offering a cross sectional view of this unique National Park unit.
To assist you on your Backbone Trail hike, we have put together some background information on individual trail segments, starting from the Ray Miller Trail at the western end of the trail in Point Mugu State Park and finishing at Will Rogers State Historic Park, the eastern end of the trail. You will need to check maps to see where the nearest road access is and arrange your own transportation.
Points that will be noted on the sections to the right are:
Use the links to the right by clicking the Read More >> >> link learn about the section of trail you wish to visit.
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.