We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
+1 805-370-2301
Review Highlights
Newer visitor center and part of the National Parks

The visitor center is about 4 years old. It replaces the one that used to be in central Thousand... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jim W
Arizona City, Arizona
via mobile
Local Amusement Park

I just can't tell you how much it means to have really nice hiking trails 20 minutes from my house... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Thousand Oaks, California
Read all 108 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“state park” (4 reviews)
401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
+1 805-370-2301
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (108)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 108 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 18 January 2017

With all the rain, the mountains are green, you can now see waterfalls, and in the spring there will be a plethora of wildlife. Bobcat, skunk, hawks, owls, racoon, snakes, it is amazing

1  Thank Bob L
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We began at the Visitors center to gather brochures for some of the many areas we planned to visit. There is a few display showing animals and their footprints. We saw an exhibit about how water is brought to LA. The most fascinating photo was...More

Thank Lynn d
Nearby Restaurants
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
311 reviews
.36 km away
The Cheesecake Factory
248 reviews
.34 km away
Marcello Ristorante
85 reviews
.62 km away
STACKED: Food Well Built
75 reviews
.36 km away
Nearby Attractions
Conejo Valley Botanic Garden
35 reviews
.93 km away
The Oaks
25 reviews
.45 km away
Muvico 14
8 reviews
.31 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines