Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

When you think of urban parks, you probably think about Central Park in New York City and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

However, the world’s largest urban national park can be found in the backyard of Los Angeles. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area covers more than 150,000 acres.

The park spans lush Mediterranean and coastal marine ecosystems, providing habitat to more than 1,000 different plant and 500 animal species. Park rangers are even tracking mountain lions that live in the upper Santa Monica Mountains.

A brush with nature is just a few steps away in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Whether you enjoy a relaxing stroll or a vigorous hike, you’ll find dozens of trails through the park.

The Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center and Natural Area offers demonstrations and exhibits that reflect the traditions of local American Indian tribes, including the Chumash.

Visit Paramount Ranch, where dozens of films and television series have been filmed. Find the waterfall in Solstice Canyon. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area offers enjoyment for everyone.

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Jen

February 27, 2012

The backbone trail is great.

Sierra Explorer

November 10, 2011

Right in my backyard since I live in Los Angeles, and I find myself hiking its impressive yet quiet trails on weekends. And when the summer heat is unbearable down in the city, the Santa Monica Mountains are usually quite cooler. My favorite area of the park is the Circle X Ranch area, with Sandstone Peak, the grotto, and the Mishe Mokwa Trail.

Ldev

November 10, 2011

I am fortunate enough to live near the Santa Monica Mts. and hike there most weekends. Spring is the best time to see a proliferation of wildflowers and flowering shrubs. Each canyon has its own particular blooms along with the usual native plants.

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