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.