The Santa Monica Mountains are traversed by one of the world's busiest freeways, the 405, on the east side; crowned by the 101 Freeway on the north and west side; and Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), on the southern ocean border.
Mulholland Scenic Corridor (Mulholland Highway) winds its way through the recreation area offering views of canyons, valleys, and the ocean. The route is legendary among motorcyclists and other driving enthusiasts who enjoy the challenge of the curvy roadway, so exercise extreme caution on blind turns.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is located west of Griffith Park in Los Angeles County and to the east of the Oxnard Plain in Ventura County.
U.S. Highway 101 (Ventura Freeway) borders the mountains on the north, and State Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) and the Pacific Ocean form the southern boundary.
Access to most park areas is available via many roads that cross the mountains between these two major highways. A portion of the park also stretches into the Simi Hills, north of U.S. Highway 101.
TANN Traffic provides information about real time traffic in the Los Angeles area.
California's Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) has information on road closures and conditions.
The two closest major airports are the Los Angeles International Airport and the Burbank / Bob Hope Airport.
Amtrak has multiple stops outside of the Santa Monica Mountains. Here are the closest stations to the park:
Burbank, CA - Airport (BUR)
Camarillo, CA (CML)
Chatsworth, CA (CWT)
Los Angeles, CA - Union Station (LAX)
Moorpark, CA (MPK)
Van Nuys, CA (VNC)