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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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Address: 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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The world's largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from...

The world's largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from the Hollywood Bow to Ventura, features a rich variety of plants and wildlife.

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Great visitors center

We only stopped to the visitors center but was very impressed with it. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Comstock Park, Michigan
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Comstock Park, Michigan
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351 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only stopped to the visitors center but was very impressed with it. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.

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Oneonta, New York
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quiet outdoor recreation with a temperate climate and spectacular scenery. At higher elevations, a glance to the east will review snow caps on the San Gabriel Mountains and a quick pivot to the west will fill your eyes with the Pacific Ocean. Trails upon trails, with moderate to strenuous hiking. We brought picnic lunches in daypacks and took home memories... More 

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Orange County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 348 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy many historic spots of film and t.v. lure, as well as vast vistas of this Mediterranean ecosystem- one of only five such areas in the entire world. Take it all in- from majestic ocean views, at the top, to virtually days of hiking, all the way back down to informative displays at the ranger stops. Be sure to visit... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With all the rain, the mountains are green, you can now see waterfalls, and in the spring there will be a plethora of wildlife. Bobcat, skunk, hawks, owls, racoon, snakes, it is amazing

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Thank Bob L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

We began at the Visitors center to gather brochures for some of the many areas we planned to visit. There is a few display showing animals and their footprints. We saw an exhibit about how water is brought to LA. The most fascinating photo was of the valley from the 20's. Next, we visited Paramount Ranch and strolled through the... More 

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

My family was staying in the Ventura area and were looking for some hiking on the Coastal Range down by Malibu. We settled on the Circle X Ranch - a former Boy Scout Camp I believe in the SMM-NRA. We parked at the empty ranger's station, walked through the old camp, and took a trail that went along the valley.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Go to the National Park System (nps.gov) website and read up on Circle X Ranch, if interested in more information. We went to the Grotto and beyond. It was a very challenging hike (lots of boulders & volcanic rock to climb over once down there) but well worth it. Bring A LOT of water! If one doesn't care for the... More 

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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I remember visiting the headquarters of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Thousand Oaks, CA in 2007. I returned to Thousand Oaks in 2016 and learned that the National Park Service only maintains offices at the Hillcrest Drive location. The Visitor Center has been moved to 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302. This location is several miles to... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Most of the Santa Monica Mountains is either National or State park or nature reserve. We live on the northwest end of the Santa Monica Mountains, near the top of Sycamore Canyon. The main trail is 8.5mile from Lynn / Potrero Roads down to the beach. There are well over 50 miles of trails just in this one section of... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I recently rode my bike from Malibu, up Latigo Canyon to Mullholland and back through Topanga Canyon. Great ride? Definitely. 5000' of climbing over just under 50 miles of winding road. The catch was once you dip back into the mountains much of the pleasant coastal breeze disappears. I was able to top off at the Santa Monica Mountains visitor... More 

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