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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
+1 805-370-2301
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Great Visitor's Center

We stopped at the Visitor's Center at King Gillette Ranch before we hiked up into Solstice Canyon... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wilmington, New York
Great Views

The hiking trails in Santa Monica have great mountain and ocean views. They are well marked and... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Sheri D
Newbury Park
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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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“visitor center” (13 reviews)
“state park” (5 reviews)
401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
+1 805-370-2301
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank willkommenhof
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The hiking trails in Santa Monica have great mountain and ocean views. They are well marked and well maintained. Not all trails are open to dogs and the fines are steep so be careful to check the signs.

Thank Sheri D
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

There's great hiking and driving all throughout the Santa Monica National Recreation Area. Be sure to check out the main visitor center for some interesting exhibits and maps on the parks. There is no entrance fee for this area. The rangers here also have brochures...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

This is one of the best hiking trails and so close. You can actually walk from Newbury Park to Malibu. The wild life and flora are outstanding. There is a place in front of the park that you can rent horses to ride through the...More

Thank Aline R
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Scott at the Anthony C. Beilenson visitor center located in the state park was awesome! He knew the trails well and could give excellent suggestions regarding exactly what we were looking for. The visitor center is clean, has a shop and great information on the...More

Thank Ann C
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We visited on a Sunday morning in May and drove the Mulholland Highway through the Santa Monica Mountains from Thousand Oaks to Woodland Hills. It's a narrow, twisty road with steep drop-offs - great fun if you enjoy this sort of scenic drive but maybe...More

Thank CrankingChick
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is comprised of a good number of areas. One of them is an Old Western town, called Piedmont Ranch. There are a number of trails to enjoy hiking.

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

The visitor center is about 4 years old. It replaces the one that used to be in central Thousand Oaks. It is located near/at the Gillette Ranch. Only get three stars because you cannot enter the ranch but can walk around. Also, the center isn't...More

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I just can't tell you how much it means to have really nice hiking trails 20 minutes from my house. I feel like I get more physical and emotional benefits from this than anything else. It's a powerful thing to be able to come home...More

Thank Mapman62
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We live near this park, and were astonished with the wildflower "super-bloom" this year! Great place for a family hike.

1  Thank Costa Y
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Rahul G
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Response from Costa Y | Reviewed this property |
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