Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

  • tree on hill with large hills in background



Santa Monica Mountains Information

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area includes Malibu beaches, hiking trails, and cultural Native American sites.

Located adjacent to the city of Los Angeles, the second largest urban area in the United States, the Santa Monica Mountains represent one of the largest protected areas of the Mediterranean-type ecosystem. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is part of the Mediterranean Coast Network that protects some of the most significant examples of terrestrial Mediterranean-type ecosystems and coastal marine environments anywhere in the world. The climate of the Mediterranean ecosystem along with the diverse topography in the Santa Monica Mountains has created a landscape filled with unique natural resources. Over 1,000 plant species provide habitat for approximately 500 mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian species.


Making an Impact

Visiting Santa Monica Mountains

rolling hills

Map of the Park

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
401 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks , CA

Parks Near Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Ocean and Sunset
Channel Islands has five islands (San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara) off the coast of southern California, near Los Angeles.
César Chávez Gravesite at  ‎César Chávez National Monument
César E. Chávez revolutionized labor participation in our political age by organizing the first agricultural union. He's hailed as a Latino leader.
Image of Expansive Mojave National Preserve
Mojave National Preserve is nature's playground. It features canyons and mountains, former military mines and outposts and opportunities to explore year-round.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument offers a superb view of San Diego's harbor and skyline and includes Old Point Loma Lighthouse, a San Diego icon since 1854.
From the Blog

From the Blog

Close-up of hiking boots on a trail
NPF Blog
March 14, 2016
Hot air balloons floating over Elis Island
Travel Ideas
February 25, 2016
Support Our Parks
The protection of our national parks is a job we can all do. Our parks need the support of people like you who love and visit them.