L.A. National Parks

National Parks in Los Angeles

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the only one in Los Angeles. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed into existence the world's first national park. Since then, hundreds more have been established. These parks are awe inspiring natural wonders and offer endless activities. California has several of these National Parks and Monuments. Pitch a tent for beach camping at Point Mugu State Park. Explore a sea cave at Leo Carrillo State Beach. Relax on a picnic next to Topanga Creek at Topanga State Beach. Discover a waterfall and find Hollywood movie sets on a hiking trail in Malibu Creek State Park.

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Los Angeles National Parks

Santa Monica Mountains photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is located between Highway 1 and 101 and between Thousand Oaks and Santa Monica. This is an outdoor playground on the edge of a major metropolitan city. The Santa Monica Mountains meet the ocean to the south and rise to over 2,000 feet. Activities include camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird & whale watching, swimming, surfing, nature walks and picnicking. Four State Parks are contained within the park including Point Mugu State Park, Malibu Creek State Park, Topanga State Park and Leo Carrillo State Park. The Santa Monica Mountains have been used by Hollywood over the years to film movies such as M.A.S.H. and Planet of the Apes. Leo Carrillo State Park features 'Movie Beach' that's been used as a film set in hundreds of Hollywood movies. Santa Monica Mountains hiking trails lead to peaceful creeks and hidden waterfalls in the many canyons that carve the landscape. Several local wineries offering wine tasting can be accessed along Mulholland Highway.

Santa Monica Mountains NRA
401 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
(805) 370-2301

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