Consisting of over 4,000 acres, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park with urban wilderness in the United States. On the eastern side of the Santa Monica Mountain range, its elevation ranges from less than 400 ft. to just over 1,600 ft. above sea level.
Throughout time, the park has developed its own science observatory, railroad companies, and is even home to the Los Angeles Zoo. The nature surrounding the area has remained surprisingly unchanged from the time Native Americans once occupied its lower slopes. Colonel Griffith J. Griffith originally purchased this land in 1896 and gave it as a parkland gift to the state of California.