Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks
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  • 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 & ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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....  more »
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  • Great facility with lots of resources. If you are planning on visiting Santa Monica Mountains, make sure to stop by here first and get all the info. Park rangers are very friendly and very willing to help you out.
  • This historic building used to be King Gillette's stables. It is in a beautiful setting, among grassy meadows dotted with oaks, sycamores and eucalyptus trees. The center always has some art or photography exhibit going on. It offers a little natural history and a nice gift shop with items from local artisans. On weekends they often have additional outdoor exhibit and sale events of Native American crafts and local artists works.
  • Haven't been to a bad National Park Service site and the Santa Monica Mountains NRA is no exception.The new National Park Service visitor center is in a historic building at the King Gillette Ranch in the middle of the mountains. A destination in its own right, the King Gillette Ranch has a small loop road where you can see the set of the TV show The Biggest Loser. The visitor center has a small exhibit about the area- one of the best- and a park film. Before planning a day in the mountains in Malibu, definitely make the King Gillette Ranch your first stop.
  • The Santa Monica Mountains are such a great place for all types. This mountain range is home to Griffith Park all the way up to Point Mugu. With points of interest (POIs) like the foot hills of Malibu, Calabasas, and Beverly Hills to the Hollywood sign and Mulholland Drive. This mountain range is the iconic backdrop to the Los Angeles coastal horizon. There are over 500 miles of trail and the abundance of wildlife does not disappoint. With so many secret alcoves, I would have to write a book on all the great things here. If interested, do look deeper into some of the POIs and my other reviews to get a better idea!
  • Nice small museum. often used for private events, at which it excels. I've had the privilege to visit several times, and enjoyed each one.