Greetings from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

The green stripe in the pride flag stands for nature, and you can take a lot of different meanings from that, but for me it’s all about the joy and camaraderie we find when we gather with our chosen family in nature. Always a great time camping in the parks with my best friends!

Sincerely,
Jason

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

The world’s largest urban national park can be found in the backyard of Los Angeles. The park's 150,000 acres span lush Mediterranean and coastal marine ecosystems, providing habitat to more than 1,000 different plant and 500 animal species. Hike trails, enjoy city views, see spectacular beaches and waterfalls, learn about American Indian cultures, and tour a working film set.

State(s): California

Established: 1978

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