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.
Weddings in the Park
Whether you are planning a small intimate wedding or the extravagant wedding of your dreams, the Santa Monica Mountains offers many unique locations with one of a kind scenery.
Our park sites provide an outdoor setting for magical moments while enjoying the beautiful weather of Southern California.
How Much Does A Wedding Permit Cost?
- Prep time, event time, clean-up time
How Do I Get a Permit?
Before contacting the park it is strongly recommended that you have some information about your special day. This includes but is not limited to:
Dates, times, total number of people, any activities to be conducted (games, moon-bounce, etc), what type of deliveries (food service, catering, etc), decorations, equipment, and most importantly, the location.
Requests for permits are taken by phone and/or e-mail in the order received. Leave a voice message and your call will be returned.
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A permit application and certificate of liability insurance for $1,000,000 naming the United States of America / National Park Service as the additionally issued is required for all National Park Service permits.
A non-refundable application fee of $175.00 must be submitted with your application in order to secure a date on the permit calendar.
The parks listed below show you the two ideal locations for weddings in the park. However, with all venues, each one will be slightly different in options for your special day.
Peter Strauss Ranch
This historic location has been home to an actor and an automotive engineer, an outdoor recreation area, and even today is used for music concerts and special events.
It's important to note that the site has a small amphitheater, lawn area, a small hiking trail, restrooms, and other amenities commonly needed.
Click here to visit the Peter Strauss Ranch webpage for more information on the site.
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Noted as the only location within the entire National Park System with a working movie western town, Paramount Ranch offers many options for weddings, especially those with historic themes.
Also of significance is that the site has a covered pavilion, lawn area, hiking trails, restrooms, and other amenities commonly needed.
Click here to visit the Paramount Ranch webpage for more information on the site.
Did You Know?
Comprising 153,075 acres, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the world's largest urban national park. It has more area codes (5) and zip codes (26), including the notable 90210 zip code of Beverly Hills, than any other unit in the National Park System.