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.
Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival
FREE! For inquiring minds of all ages! Become a citizen scientist. Learn how to track mountain lions, bobcats, and island foxes. Get to know the local wildlife. Discover the mysteries of your neighborhood national parks.
The 4th annual Science Festival is sponsored by the National Park Service in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Children's Nature Institute, Santa Monica Mountains Fund, UCLA LaKretz Center for CA Conservation Science, and NatureBridge.
There are activities for people of all ages, including talks, hands-on demonstrations, nature walks, family activities, live animal displays, and a chance to meet and talk with the scientists. We invite you to come out and explore the natural and cultural resources within the Santa Monica Mountains and learn about the scientific research that helps us all better understand and protect those resources!
From 101 Freeway, exit Kanan Rd. Go south towards the ocean (from 101 N, left turn, from 101 S, right turn). Make a left on Cornell Road. Continue for 2 miles. The entrance to Paramount Ranch is on the right.
From PCH, go north on Kanan Dume Rd towards Agoura Hills. Continue up Kanan for 12 miles. Make a right on Cornell Rd. Continue for 2 miles. The entrance to Paramount Ranch is on the right.
Schedule of Events
Check out the detailed schedule for a list of science talks, live animal presentations, guided hikes, and more!
-- Weather - April is considered one of the nicest times of years to be outdoors in southern California. Days are typically warm.
-- Poison Oak, Ticks, Rattlesnakes, Mountain Lions can be found in the park. Please download our safety brochure here
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.