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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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for the views

if your ever around I highly suggest taking a hike up here, especially before the summer hits when... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Thousand Oaks, California
Best of Malibu

The park is really charming, the landscaping, nature and ambiance are relaxing. Walking around the... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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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.
401 W Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-4223
+1 805-370-2301
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Reviewed 6 days ago

if your ever around I highly suggest taking a hike up here, especially before the summer hits when everything is still green. Its a beautiful hike and theres so many options to choose from

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank teilabee
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

The park is really charming, the landscaping, nature and ambiance are relaxing. Walking around the park is joyful. There are many places where you can sit, relax or walk. Don’t miss coming to this place, it is a place for quality of time... It is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jfadds
Reviewed 3 September 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Greg B
Reviewed 27 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank whitney629
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
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

Date of experience: December 2017
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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Rahul G
19 August 2017|
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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