Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

National Park Foundation's picture
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version


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.

Discover Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Real Stories From Park Fans

My son took this picture on Christmas morning 2013. Sandstone Peak at Santa Monica NRA


Share Your Story

Flag as offensive

Get a Park Passport. It's an inexpensive souvenir, and a good reminder of your visit. Our family loves to collect them.


Share Your Story

Flag as offensive

I have been hiking this spring around the Santa Monica Mountains. Yesterday I had the pleasure of hiking in Paramount Farms...
Copy this html code to your website/blog to embed this press release.


Post new comment

1 + 9 =

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
Page execution time was 478.81 ms.

Memory usage:

Memory used at: devel_init()=2.13 MB, devel_shutdown()=22.4 MB.