Hidden in plain sight from Los Angeles

The Santa Monica Mountains offer easy access to surprisingly wild places. Experience the famous beaches of Malibu or explore more than 500 miles of trails. The park abounds with historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers. What will you and your family discover? Read More

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Find Your Virtual Park!

Santa Monica Mountains from the comfort of your own home. Click to explore!

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Recreation - It's in the Name!

Enjoy the wonders of LA's very own national park! Click here to get ideas about how to explore.

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The Backbone Trail

The Backbone Trail extends for 67 miles, connecting the Santa Monica Mountains from east to west.

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Big Cats, Big Challenges

Park scientists have studied almost 100 mountain lions since 2002. Learn how the cats survive and how you can help.

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Operation Restoration

Plants have made a big comeback in 2021, literally. Learn about how our team is restoring native plants in the mountains.

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Absolutely Ribbit-ing: Frogs

Learn about how NPS biologists are working to restore the largest native species in the western United States.

Last updated: April 5, 2021

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26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas , CA 91302


805 370-2301

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