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

Save
Share
Review Highlights
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 3 September 2018
Greg B
,
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 27 August 2018
755kathryns
,
Tipp City, Ohio, United States
Read all 124 reviews
41
All photos (41)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“paramount ranch”(13 reviews)
“visitor center”(15 reviews)
“state park”(7 reviews)
About
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.
Contact
401 W Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-4223
Website
+1 805-370-2301
Call
Reviews (124)
Filter reviews
120 results
Traveller rating
82
30
6
2
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
82
30
6
2
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews paramount ranch visitor center state park santa monica mountains western town hiking trails the pacific ocean newbury park great hiking la jolla inspiration point malibu canyon sierra vista the hustle and bustle los angeles southern california short hike
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 120 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

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

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.

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

1  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

Thank ELFDUDE
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

Thank willkommenhof
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 9 nearby hotels
Quality Inn & Suites Thousand Oaks
213 reviews
.96 km away
Best Western Plus Thousand Oaks Inn
564 reviews
1.02 km away
Hampton Inn & Suites Thousand Oaks
750 reviews
2.10 km away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Thousand Oaks-Newbury Park
372 reviews
2.22 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 245 nearby restaurants
Bazille
161 reviews
.35 km away
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
375 reviews
.32 km away
The Cheesecake Factory
294 reviews
.20 km away
STACKED: Food Well Built
92 reviews
.31 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 31 nearby attractions
Conejo Valley Botanic Garden
43 reviews
.87 km away
The Dudes’ Brewing Company
5 reviews
.85 km away
The Oaks
35 reviews
.07 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Rahul G
19 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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
1
Vote