King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas

4.6
#848 of 1,209 in Outdoors in California
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  • There was a very helpful ranger at the ranch willing to answer questions. The scenery was beautiful and peaceful unlike the hustle and bustle of the city. It was relaxing. We turned off the PCH to get...  more »
  • As the father of a toddler, we're always looking for small, interesting excursions to get out of the house for a few hours each day. I discovered the King Gillette Ranch Visitor's Center after seeing ...  more »
  • We took a walk up to Inspiration Point and around a one mile circuit. Good views and easy walk. First part was a bit steep, so it got our hearts pumping, but after that it was either flat or downhill....  more »
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  • If driving down Hwy 101 and need a place to get out and stretch or relax, the visitor center here is worth a quick stop. King Gillette Ranch, a part of the Santa Monica Mountains NRA (north of Los Angeles), is easily accessible, just minutes from 101. At the Anthony C Beilenson visitor center, one can see an exhibit about the human history of the area, learn about local wildlife and plants, and get information about hiking or visiting other areas protected within the Santa Monica Mountains. There is a small educational bookstore, clean restrooms, and park rangers ready to help answer questions concerning the Santa Monica Mountains NRA. This park encompasses a huge area and offers lots of various experiences.
  • A lovely, easy going hike. And the ranch was so serene. I saw a bunch of ducks!!
  • The visitors center is one of the best I have ever seen it laid out really nice and a lot of information I think a tour guide would be great
  • Having been on the property before it cleaned up i have to say it has lost a bit of its charm, aswell as the fact that the buildings on site are not viewable and they want to charge you if you overstay your parking. Also we were abruptly told No Dogs even on a leash, which i think is a real shame, protective of their new visitor center it does seem an unfriendly way to treat visitors!...maybe i will try one more time to paint there without getting drive by's by the patrolling jobsworth employee's! 😐
  • As the father of a toddler, we're always looking for small, interesting excursions to get out of the house for a few hours each day. I discovered the King Gillette Ranch Visitor's Center after seeing a friend's instagram pictures of the old west town at the nearby Paramount Ranch. Look up my review of Paramount Ranch to check that out too. You can do both together on the same day. While at Paramount Ranch, I spoke to someone who worked there that recommended we go to the visitor's center at King Gillette Ranch, and we did. This isn't a huge visitor's center but I thought it was very cool. There are a bunch of displays with buttons that light up, which my son loved. They have a bunch of animal statues, and other neat displays. They also have a movie playing about the Santa Monica mountains, and while it makes me feel like a weirdo that I enjoyed it... I really did! There is also a little shop that sells different items. They actually sell "local honey" that comes from Bennett Honey Farm in Fillmore, which led us to visit that place (where you can get the honey WAY cheaper). They have a little outdoor area too where my son likes to walk around and sit on benches. His favorite thing is probably the nice water fountain out front! This review is just for the visitor's center. I've never actually done any of the hikes, but there is that too! I love finding little random or hidden places to see with my son, and this is a nice one.

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