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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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A very beautiful section of the Pacific Ocean located around the City of Ventura..

This National Recreation Area managed by the National Park Service is well worth the trip if you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Greg B
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Topeka, Kansas
Made a quick stop at the Visitor's Center to get my passport stamp.

Unfortunately, we didn't have time to explore the area, but will definitely return for a visit... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
755kathryns
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Tipp City, Ohio, United States
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The world’s largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from the Hollywood Bow to Ventura, features a rich variety of plants and wildlife.
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401 W Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-4223
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+1 805-370-2301
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There are some exhibits and a movie to watch but this visitor center is more about what the area surrounding it can provide to hikers, bikers and their ilk. Staff can lay out all the options for this semi-wild area just outside a city of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This National Recreation Area managed by the National Park Service is well worth the trip if you are in this area. The water is very clean, and provides opportunities for you to enjoy a variety of different water activities. Your first stop should be at...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately, we didn't have time to explore the area, but will definitely return for a visit another time.

Thank 755kathryns
Reviewed 30 June 2018

We ventured here one morning to escape the concrete jungle of LA. I'm from Colorado so not easily impressed by other mountains, but these were delightful. There is a nice visitor center at the site of an old ranch, with interactive displays about the wildlife,...More

Thank Whitney M
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

I live around the corner. The national park part is small, but it connects to point magu state park which is the best hiking in southern California. National park has rangers on weekends. A small exhibit and botanical garden. Has a native American theme as...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area is unique experience for those looking to escape the crowds of L.A. The park has over 450 miles of trails and some really interesting place to stop on Mulholland Pkwy! Paramount ranch is cool with old western town and...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is hardly comparable to the marquee National Parks in the USA but it offers a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Southern California. We like to hike in Rancho Sierra Vista and connect with Pt Mugu...More

Thank caleb192837
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Being out of the City while in the City. Spectacular places, thing to do, and wilderness experience while barely leaving home. I can view Sandstone Peak, where I broke my leg and was helicoptered out from my front porch. Other experiences were not quite as...More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

It's nice to have such a fantastic natural space right near LA. The hiking is great, and the Native American art at the visitor center is truly wonderful.

Thank Jonathan B
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We stopped at the Visitor's Center at King Gillette Ranch before we hiked up into Solstice Canyon. The staff person at the Visitor's Center was very helpful and provided us with maps which turned out to be very useful because the map case at Solstice...More

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Rahul G
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This recreational area is huge, so It is hard to make a general statement about it, but I can say that the Satiwa cultural center is a nice flat 1/4 mile hike from the parking lot. You come to an authentic Indian "house" and... More
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