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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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Fun Drive with Scenic Views

We visited on a Sunday morning in May and drove the Mulholland Highway through the Santa Monica... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
CrankingChick
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Tucson, Arizona
Enjoyed the exhibits at the visitor center

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is comprised of a good number of areas. One of them... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan M
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Warren, Michigan
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good28%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank CrankingChick
Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Costa Y
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Although I have been visiting for many years there is always something new. Many different trails. Time of year or time of day changes the experience. Colors, textures, lighting, views all seem different. Several groups of horseback riders passed and were friendly clearly having fun....More

Thank treike
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Went here one afternoon for a quick hike in between meetings. The ranger at the Center in Calabasas was helpful and sent us up to a three mile hike at Malabu Creek State Park (about a 3 mile drive from National Park's Visitor Center) which...More

1  Thank Terry_18332
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We only stopped to the visitors center but was very impressed with it. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.

Thank Donald S
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Quiet outdoor recreation with a temperate climate and spectacular scenery. At higher elevations, a glance to the east will review snow caps on the San Gabriel Mountains and a quick pivot to the west will fill your eyes with the Pacific Ocean. Trails upon trails,...More

1  Thank Larry M
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Enjoy many historic spots of film and t.v. lure, as well as vast vistas of this Mediterranean ecosystem- one of only five such areas in the entire world. Take it all in- from majestic ocean views, at the top, to virtually days of hiking, all...More

2  Thank TiffMateas
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