Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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OVERVIEW: About this Audio-Described Brochure

SYNOPSIS: Santa Monica Mountains Visitor brochure.  

DESCRIPTION: Welcome to the audio described version of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Through text and audio descriptions of photos, illustrations and maps this version interprets the two-sided color brochure that the visitors receive. The brochure explores the history of the park, the highlights and a way for you to plan your visit no matter how long or short you plan to stay. The audio version lasts about 1 hour, 14 minutes long. Which we have divided into three sections to improve the listening experience. Section one covers the illustrated essay, Section 2 describes six photographs, and Section three interprets the map.  

CAPTION: Santa Monica Mountains Unigrid. 

CREDIT: NPS/ SAMO. 

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OVERVIEW: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

SYNOPSIS: Illustrative essay created by illustrator and print maker Chris Turnham depicting scenes from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

DESCRIPTION: The Santa Monica National Recreation Area was established in 1978 on the Southern California coast. It is a part of the National Park Service and the property owned and managed within the recreation area boundaries consists of 23,648 acres. The site features dramatic landscapes, native habitat, and wild creatures next to the nations second largest city, Los Angeles. Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors come to enjoy a unique experience that can be had at Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area. We invite you to seek out this parks natural beauty and diverse kinds of recreation it offers. Measure your height up against a Yucca plants fruiting body (this is a bad idea). Go hiking the Back Bone Trail. Completed in 2016 with 67 miles of unbroken trail, this gives you wonderful views from the ridgeline and the opportunity to see different ecosystems, like chaparral covered hillsides, oak woodland, creeks, and valleys. You can choose to mountain bike on the Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyon or slow down and rent a horse. Visit www.recreation.gov to reserve a camping site at Circle X ranch. Learn more about Chumash and Tongva/Gabrielino cultures at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Cultural Center, the main parking lot is paved and on ADA parking space is available in the cultural center. For more information about the Santa Monica National Recreational Area’s amenities, resources, and accessibility information contact the park directly or visit the “accessibility” and “more information” sections at the end of this audio described brochure.   

CAPTION: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Description. 

CREDIT: NPS/ SAMO. 

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OVERVIEW: Front Side of Brochure

SYNOPSIS: This is the front side of the brochure for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with a description of the park and a collage designed in muted colors depicting various scenes. 

DESCRIPTION: The brochure is large and rectangular in shape. The attention is immediately drawn to the artistic collage created by illustrator and print maker Chris Turnham, depicting various scenes of environments, plants, animals, landscapes, and activities in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The collage accounts for nearly the entire space with exception of a thin black bar on the left side running vertically from top to bottom. This bar features the name of the park and the National Park Service logo. The artwork of the collage uses muted colors and appears simple while providing enough details in areas that require it. The collage changes from scene to scene in smooth transitions. While there are several scenes depicted in this collage, it can be viewed either as individual scenes broken up or as one smooth contiguous image.  

At the top and right of the center is a block of text with a heading that reads "A World Away In The Park Next Door." Here is a description of the park in a short paragraph against the muted sky in the collage. This text is repeated in an adjacent block of text to the right, translated in Spanish. 

CAPTION: Front side of brochure featuring a collage with several different scenes of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

CREDIT: NPS/Chris Turnham 

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COLLAGE: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

DESCRIPTION: This is the front side of the brochure for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with a description of the park and a collage designed in muted colors depicting various scenes. 

Many times in these descriptions the word chaparral is used. Chaparral, is the dominant vegetation community in the Santa Monica Mountains, is characterized by deep rooted, drought and fire adapted evergreen shrubs growing on coarse textured soils with limited water holding capacity. 

CAPTION: Front side of brochure featuring a collage with several different scenes of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  

CREDIT: NPS/Chris Turnham 

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City Scape

SYNOPSIS: This graphic color illustration includes a city skyline of Los Angeles, a car driving on a winding road, and hikers on a trail. 

DESCRIPTION: In the background is The City of Los Angeles viewed on the horizon, showcasing buildings of different sizes and mountains behind the buildings. On the foreground there's green Chaparral grassland vegetation on the left and the right. In between the vegetation is a curved road and a red convertible driving through it. On the right side there is a group of 5 hikers, two of them are holding walking sticks and one has a backpack, On the top right corner is a Red -Tailed Hawk flying over the hikers on the foreground. 

CAPTION: A portion of an illustration depicting the Los Angeles skyline. 

CREDIT: NPS/Chris Turnham 

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Bobcat and Squirrel in Tree

SYNOPSIS: An artist's rendering of a Coast Live Oak tree and some of its residents.  

DESCRIPTION: A colorful illustrated image of a Coast Live Oak tree trunk with two branches and four alternate, simple, oblong, toothed green leaves. On the left branch a bobcat is perched in a relaxed manner, looking out. Above the bobcat, on the ground there are two yucca plants, their sword like green leaves radiating without the fruiting body. Beyond the bobcat is a beautiful view of Boney Mountain the rays of the sun highlighting topographical details. To the right of the bobcat is another branch, a gray squirrel stands on all fours with a bushy tail.   

CAPTION: Scene showing a bobcat and squirrel resting in an oak tree. 

CREDIT: NPS/Chris Turnham 

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Fire and Coyote

SYNOPSIS: This graphic color illustration includes three parts: a fire on the left side, a coyote in the middle of the image, and vegetation on the right. 

DESCRIPTION: On the left, yellow and orange flames rise up from dark colored ground. The flames bend to the right as if moved by winds. Brown smoke or ash licks the top of the flames. In the center of the image, a coyote stands facing away from the fire on a small hill. Puffs of brown smoke drift by. His head is lifted up, with pointy ears back, and his mouth open towards the sky as if howling. Its fur is light brown across the torso and darkens to deep brown at the tip of the fluffy tail. It's throat and chest area is white. In front of the coyote and stretching to the right edge of the image, orange California poppy flowers are in full bloom. The wide-petaled blooms are interspersed with spiky light green and dark green stems. In the upper right corner of the image, three rosette shaped plants, called Dudleya succulents, are perched on a rock. These plants are not drawn to scale compared to the coyote and the poppies and are much larger, thus providing more details of their structure. These succulents have a tight grouping of smaller leaves in the center, spiraling out to larger leaves. The leaves are wider at the base and come to a point. The leaves are light green with light grey or white along the leaf edges.  

CAPTION: A portion of an illustration depicting fire alongside wildlife. 

CREDIT: NPS/Chris Turnham 

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Hikers Pointing

SYNOPSIS: An artistic rendering of a bird's eye view of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Santa Monica Pier.  

DESCRIPTION: In the center the yucca plant is featured. At its base it has rigid sword shaped leaves similar to succulents. It has one tall fruiting body with a cluster of white flowers in an oblong shape. It can get up to eight feet tall. Beneath the yucca plant a bobcat rest in a relaxed manner on one of the Coast live oak tree's branches, looking out. Left of the bobcat on another branch of the Coast Live oak tree is a gray squirrel with a bushy tail. Beneath the oak tree under the gray squirrel is an adult and child. The adult has shoulder length brown hair. They both have hiking back packs on. They have their left hand on the child's shoulder and are pointing with their right hand towards the plant grape soda Lupin, which gets its name from the sweet grape like flower fragrance, it is a small shrubby perennial growing 2-3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It has silvery foliage and tall spikes of purple blue flowers. On the left of the lupine in exaggerated scale are a bevy quail, a bird with a stocky body that seldom flies. The male is a rich grey and brown with a black face, it has a tear drop top knot on its head. Beneath the quail, there is a fenced area with a person looking through a film camera. Beneath that person a Western fenced lizard sits on a rock, sunning itself. It is a medium sized lizard; its back and limbs are covered with gray and brown scales. A prickly pear cactus grows under the rock. The individual nopales or broad, flat, green pads have silvery spines. In the distance houses in the Pacific Palisades area nested with in the mountain topography surrounded by green shrubbery and sandy hills. Right of that view is the Santa Monica Pier surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. It contains a small amusement park with a Ferris wheel.  

CAPTION: Scene showing two hikers pointing into the distance over a valley. 

CREDIT: NPS/ Chris Turnham 

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Mountain Hikers

SYNOPSIS: This graphic color illustration includes a hawk flying in the upper left corner, a sunset colored sky, a mountain scattered with rocky outcrops and hikers on a trail. 

DESCRIPTION: At the top left flies a Red-Tailed Hawk, a large bird with brown feathers with spots of white, and prominent red tail feathers. Below hikes a group of five, likely a family, on a dirt trail that passes through a hilly terrain spotted with rocky outcrops and other large rock formations. The people are simply drawn, with no facial features that appear to be hiking on a trail. Leading this group is another older individual, likely an adult, with no hiking stick or backpack. The two of the hikers in the front/middle appear to be adults based on size and they both carry with them a walking stick and wear a backpack. The hiker behind two adults looks like younger and also wears a backpack. The one in the back is the smallest of them all, likely a child, with black hair worn in a bun.

The hill they are hiking up looks like it is at a high elevation due to the presence of low lying fog or clouds below them. The trail ahead of them looks very long, following a long ridge line that leads to the right a little ways before going directly up to a high summit that almost touches the clouds at the top of the image and overlooks Los Angeles City to the left. The sky above the city has clouds that are orange and pink colored showing that is is around sunset. 

CAPTION: A portion of an illustration depicting hikers on a trail in the mountains.

CREDIT: NPS/Chris Turnham 

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Mountain Lions

SYNOPSIS: This graphic color illustration includes an adult mountain lion, two kittens, and vegetation.  

DESCRIPTION: The central image is an adult mountain lion in profile, walking towards the left on a narrow elevated path, with trees and shrubs in the background. Its head is turned towards the viewer. It wears a bulky grey tracking collar. The mountain lion has a heart-shaped face with golden fur on the top of the head, around the penetrating green eyes, and across the bridge of the nose. The golden fur blends into white on the sides of the face and around the mouth. Below the rounded nose, black markings accentuate the shape of the mouth. Stiff white whiskers poke out on both sides of the mouth. The mountain lion has golden fur with a white underbelly in shadow. Bulging muscles in the hind leg suggest its strength and power. Its narrow tail is nearly the same length as its torso and extends out with a slight curve upwards at its tip. Its left paw is raised as if to take a step.  

A tiny kitten pops up to the left of the adult mountain lion. The kitten's head is facing the viewer and has spotted markings in a similar color palette as the adult mountain lion. A white sage bush with bristly spears rises behind the kitten's head.  

A second kitten follows closely behind the adult and walks along the same pathway. Spotted markings cover the kitten's body. The kitten's tail mirrors the shape of the adult's tail.   

In the foreground on the lower left and lower middle, purple sage branches are depicted in detail. Three of the branches have leaves only. The grayish green leaves emerge from a central stem in star-like clusters. The remaining seven branches are in bloom. The delicate tiny purple flowers are located at intervals along the stem, with small clusters starting at the tip of the stem leading to a main cluster of purple flowers. In this main cluster, white flowers burst out of the purple ones in a showy display. 

CAPTION: Mountain Lion and kittens lurk in sage bushes 

CREDITS: NPS/Chris Turnham 

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Mulholland Highway

SYNOPSIS: This graphic color illustration includes a car driving on a winding road in a vegetated area. 

DESCRIPTION: In this section of the drawing there is no sky shows. It is a cropped image only showing road, vegetation, a car and some hikers in the distance. There is a two lane highway known as Mulholland Highway, the road goes in opposite directions winding around a small pocket of light green bushes. There is a red convertible car driving on one lane of the road. The road goes around the green chaparral vegetation. In the distance there is a row of small hikers slightly cut off. These hikers are part of another described section of the collage.

CAPTION: A portion of an illustration depicting a car driving on a twisting road. 

CREDIT: NPS/Chris Turnham

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Oak Trees

SYNOPSIS: This graphic color illustration includes mountain lions in the foreground on the bottom left with large trees and people biking on a trail in the background.  

DESCRIPTION: In the bottom left, an adult mountain lion is in profile, walking towards the left, with its head turned towards the viewer. The mountain lion has golden fur with a white underbelly and wears a bulky grey tracking collar. Its left paw is raised as if to take a step. A tiny kitten pops up to the left of the adult mountain lion. Behind the kitten, a sage bush with tall bristly spears fans out in greater height and width than the kitten.  

In the distance from the mountain lion, a mature coast live oak tree fills the center of the image and the right side. It stands on a hill with short grasses underneath. The tree has a wide, multi-stemmed trunk with knobby thick branches that reach out to the right and left. The dark brown trunk is relatively short with an expansive leaf canopy. The depth and volume of the leaf canopy is achieved through color with the lower and innermost leaves in grey and dark green. Yellowish-green leaves on the top right side of the tree are in the sunlight. A blue jay with wings outstretched crosses in front of the tree's upper branches. Two cyclists are traveling to the right on a narrow path that circles the tree. Both cyclists wear helmets and lean forward on their bikes, raising themselves off their seats. 

In the upper left side of the image even further in the distance, a tree surrounded by tall grasses and shrubs provides shade while a person reclines on a rock below. Two birds with wings outstretched fly in front of the tree. Blue sky peeks through the branches. 

CAPTION: Trees and Wildlife are Interdependent 

CREDIT: NPS/Chris Turnham 

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Ocean View

SYNOPSIS: This artistic collage depicts where the ocean meets the land in Santa Monica in muted colors. It shows Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, and where the city transitions into the hills. 

DESCRIPTION: At the upper right of this collage are two Pelicans flying to the right, towards the Pacific Ocean that can be seen just below. The ocean is a light blue with fog slowing flowing in towards the coast. The Pelicans have a brown body, white neck and belly, pale yellow head with occipital crest, and a long orange bill.  

The Pacific Ocean comes in from the right side of the image into an open, crescent shaped landmass. The land transitions from an open flat area with cross-hatched design of green lines, representing city streets, into hilly terrain with sparse vegetation and spotted with five houses to the left.  

Extending into the ocean is a pier with smaller structures and a Ferris wheel. This location is known as the Santa Monica Pier. Directly above the Santa Monica Pier, the shoreline curves into the ocean to the right, stopping short of the edge of the image with the ocean continuing around it. This section of land has a single grassy looking hill. 

CAPTION: Scene showing where the Santa Monica Mountains meet with the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Monica Pier is seen extending into the ocean.  

CREDIT: NPS/ Chris Turnham 

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Paramount Ranch

SYNOPSIS: This artistic collage depicts several different scenes with different environments, plants, animals, and activities in muted colors. The people are simply drawn with no facial features. 

DESCRIPTION: Attention is drawn to the center where a film in progress is being shot in a western setting. The people in this scene are simply drawn but have no facial features. At the focus of this scene are two people dressed in western attire standing in front of a camera and beneath a boom mic. Behind them and to the left are facades depicting western-styled structures. A large light is shown on set. The crew filming the scene consist of seven different members, all showing a variety of diverse backgrounds. The location depicted here is known as Paramount Ranch. 

Above this image are three birds, California Quails, standing between a native plant known as Grape Soda Lupine, a long-stemmed plant that blooms vibrant blue/ purple flowers. The California Quail is a plump, short-necked bird with a small head and bill. Their feathers are gray and brown, with a black face outlined with bold white stripes. They have a black comma-shaped topknot of feathers projecting forward from the forehead. 

The left side of this collage shows a California Kingsnake, with a brown and tan banded pattern. To the left of the California Kingsnake are three plants of the same species, a Dudleya. The Dudleya is a common succulent that has green flattened leaves that come out to a point in a floral pattern. 

Below is a sparse vegetated environment with some green chaparral and a dirt trail. Exploring this trail are four horseback riders on brown and dark brown horses. There are four horseback riders, all depicting that they all have diverse backgrounds. They are riding in a line, one behind another, to the left.  

To the right separate environment with two green Prickly Pear Cactus behind and in front of a large, flat boulder. The Prickly Pear Cactus grows with large flat, rounded cladodes. Between these two catci, a dark-green Western Fence Lizard rests on top of the boulder. The Western Fence lizard is facing off to the right and has a light green line running down its back to the tail with spots of yellow. 

CAPTION: A collage with several different scenes in frame depicting different plants, animals, and activities. 

CREDIT: NPS/ Chris Turnham 

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Picnic Under Tree

SYNOPSIS: An artist's rendering of the Santa Monica Mountains 

DESCRIPTION: A colorful illustrated image of a Coast Live Oak tree trunk with one branch and two, simple, oblong, toothed green leaves. Three Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies fly beneath the branch in which a bobcat foot is dangling. This tree is a granary for an Acorn Woodpecker who is adding an acorn to the large cache. In the background a family of four sits on a picnic table under the shade of the tree. Their dog is tied to the table by a leash and a picnic basket sits on the table along with their utensils and lunches. They are on a hill bordered by green trees. 

CAPTION: Scene showing a group of people and their dog enjoying a picnic under a tree.

CREDIT: NPS/ Chris Turnham 

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Rancho Sierra Vista

SYNOPSIS: This artistic scene depicts the Rancho Sierra Vista park with a National Park ranger leading school kids on a field trip in muted colors. The people are simply drawn with no facial features. 

DESCRIPTION: The center of this image shows a grass hut with a small opening in the front. This structure is known as an 'Ap, a Chumash home traditionally made of Tule, a marshland grass. In front of the 'Ap is a National Park ranger facing towards us in uniform, speaking with a group nine kids. The ranger is gesturing with their left hand at the 'Ap. This scene looks like it may be a school fieldtrip. 

Behind the 'Ap is a chaparral covered hill with rocky outcrops. The hill looks to be in the distance and tall, with white clouds running along the top and behind it. 

One of the kids to the left of the 'Ap is pointing above and to the left. Following their finger, we see a large bird a short distance to the upper left and forward. The large bird is a hawk with banded white and black feathers in their wings and tail with reddish and brown underparts. It is known as the Red-shouldered Hawk. 

The Red-shouldered Hawk is flying to the left, towards, but in front of, a large Valley Oak tree. The leaves of the oak tree blend in with the scene around the 'Ap, they transition into a separate scene below the group of kids. This change in scene is also seen in a blurring of the dirt ground beneath the feet of the kids as the image changes into a slightly overcast blue sky above distant hilltops. 

CAPTION: Scene showing the Rancho Sierra Vista park with a Chumash ‘Ap and a ranger leading school kids in a program. 

CREDIT: NPS/ Chris Turnham 

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Creek

SYNOPSIS: This artistic scene depicts a riparian environment with a creek, oak trees, visitors, and animals in muted colors. The people are simply drawn with no facial features. 

DESCRIPTION: A Valley Oak tree can be seen in the upper left section of this scene. It is growing out of a small grassy hill. The base of the tree is at the foot of the hill and against a dirt trail below. Two mountain bikers are riding on this trail, following it as it passes to the right and vanishes behind the hill. The dirt trail is at the top of a sharp cut bank that immediately drops down below and to the right of the trail. 

 At the bottom of this cut bank is a creek with only a little bit of water in it. The water channel isn't much wide, indicating there used to be a lot more water in the creek. The channel has rocks and boulders of various sizes scattered throughout along with smaller plants growing within. The water in the creek flows from the bottom left of the scene and upward, towards distant oak trees where is vanishes. 

 The opposite side of the bank is below and on the right side of this scene with another trail at the top. A jogger with a water bottle in her right hand is running along the trail towards the viewer. Behind her and to the left a short distance along this same trail is a kid and their parent. The kid is pointing to the upper left, in the distance of the mountain bikers on the opposite side of the creek. The parent is looking the same direction through a pair of binoculars. 

Immediately above the jogger is a large rock with a frog sitting on the top. The rock and frog are artistically drawn in and not to scale. The frog is an animal that lives in the riparian habitat exhibited in this scene. It is the California Red-legged frog. The abdomen and hind legs of adults are mostly red. The back has small black flecks and larger irregular dark blotches. They have indistinct outlines on a brown or reddish background color.  

CAPTION: A riparian environment in Santa Monica Mountains with creek, trails, visitors, and a Red-legged frog. 

CREDIT: NPS/ Chris Turnham 

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NPS Black Bar Branding

SYNOPSIS: Title of park unigrid with park name. 

DESCRIPTION: A vertical black bar with white text running front he bottom to the top. The text is turned 90 degrees counter clockwise so that the bottom of the letters face to the right of the page. The text in the bottom third is bold and takes up most of the bar, it reads Santa Monica Mountains. The middle third of the bar is left blank, showing only black. On the top third, there are two white blocks of text side by side. The first from the bottom reads, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area California. The block of white text on the top reads, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. At the end of all the text, there is a National Park Service Arrowhead turned 90 degrees clockwise pointing to 3 o'clock, the same orientation of the previous text. 

The arrowhead is the symbol for the National Park Service, and it brown, green and white in color. The arrowhead is mostly brown and illustrated to depict hand carving marks. On the arrowhead there is a landscape where grass and sequoia tree represented in green. A mountain is in the distance and bison in the foreground are in white. There is white text in the middle that reads, National Park Service in all caps. 

CAPTION: National Park Service black bar branding for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 

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TEXT (ENGLISH): A World Away in the Park Next Door

Dramatic landscapes, native habitat, wild creatures of all shapes and sizes. You might expect these in a remote national park but what about in the nation’s second-largest urban area? Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, established in 1978, protects our increasingly rare open space. Spend some time here, and you’ll likely encounter surprises around every corner. The scene below invites you to seek your own path, experience new sights and sounds, and build your own stories.

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TEXTO (ESPAÑOL): Un Mundo Lejos en el Parque Cercano

Paisajes dramáticos, hábitat natural, animales diferentes de varios tamaños. Uno puede encontrar esto en un parque nacional remoto, pero ¿qué tal en la segunda área urbana más grande del país? Santa Monica National Recreation Area, establecida en 1978, protege este espacio especial. Si dedicas un poco de tiempo aquí, es probable que te sorprendas. La siguiente escena te invita a explorar tu propio camino, observar nuevas vistas y sonidos, y formar tus propias memorias.

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OVERVIEW: Back Side of Brochure

SYNOPSIS: This is the back side of the brochure for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with text about the park, images of what you might experience in the park and a map of the area. 

DESCRIPTION: The brochure is large and rectangular in shape. In the descriptions that follow this one, there are details of what is represented on this side of the brochure. From the top down, there is a black bar of footprints, a row of photographs, text about the park and then a majority of the page is a map of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

CAPTION: Back side of brochure featuring a map and images of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  

CREDIT: NPS/ SAMO. 

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OVERVIEW: Accessibility

Accessibility: We strive to make our facilities, services, and programs accessible to all. For information go to a visitor center, ask a ranger, call, or check our website.

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OVERVIEW: More Information

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is one of over 400 parks in the National Park System. It is a cooperative effort by the National Park Service, California State Parks, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, city and county governments, and private landowners. Regulations differ among different agencies.

ADDRESS: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, 26876 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, CA 91302

TELEPHONE: 805-370-2301

WEBSITE: www.nps.gov/samo

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Emergencies call 911

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IMAGE: Footsteps

SYNOPSIS: Black bar of various illustrated footprints. 

DESCRIPTION: At the very top of the unigrid brochure, the page is anchored with a black bar. There are eight sets of footprints that snake along the length of the bar. The footprints are a light gray, so they contrast the black background. Moving from the left to the right, there are two sets of red-legged frog prints, six sets of mountain lion paw prints, two sets of human footprints, five hoof prints from horseshoes, six sets of coyote paw prints, four marks from a roadrunner bird, four hoof prints from a deer, and six footsteps from a shoe. The prints are following a squiggle pattern so that some run off the page. 

CAPTION: Black bar at the top of the unigrid brochure that depicts various footprints of the people and animals that use the Santa Monica Mountains. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 

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IMAGES: Photos from throughout the recreation area

SYNOPSIS: A horizontal strip of six photographs, which spans the page. All six are medium-sized horizontal images in color, of roughly the same size, except the first one, which is about twice as wide as the others.  

 

IMAGE 1 of 6: Mountain Trail 

DESCRIBING: A medium-sized, horizontal photograph of a mountain side. 

DESCRIPTION: A group of hikers walk along a tan dirt trail between thick vegetation. The trail winds through the mountain side along a ridge line that fades into the blue sky and ocean. The trail is tan and narrow in comparison to the hikers walking. The trail visually divides the image in half diagonally from the bottom left side to the top right side. On either side of the trail there is vegetation called chapparal. Chaparral, the dominant vegetation community in the Santa Monica Mountains, is characterized by deep rooted, drought and fire adapted evergreen shrubs growing on coarse textured soils with limited water holding capacity. On the left side of the trail there are two tan colored rocky outcrops that contrast the green vegetation. There is a faded mountain in the distance across a waterway. 

CAPTION: Backbone Trail near Topanga. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 


 

IMAGE 2 of 6: Film crew outside the General Store in Western Town. 

DESCRIPTION: A film crew assembles in front of an old western themed store front. There are eight individuals in the photo, dressed in modern clothing of blue jeans, t-shirts and various hats. In the bottom right foreground, two men wearing dark t-shirts, one in a tan ball cap, move a large black and blue production light. The large head of the light points upward and is industrial looking with various pieces making up the outer shell. The light head sits on a black stand and leads into multiple black cables draped around the stands tripod area. The size indicates it is very stable. Just behind the two men moving the light, a man in blue jeans, a red t-shirt and a blue puffy vest moves towards the storefront in the background. A man in khakis and a grey zip up sweatshirt leans against the storefront near the front door, on the store's wooden porch. To the left of the store door, another man in a red t-shirt and blue jeans stands on the porch looking down and to the left of the frame. In the left foreground, three individuals stand talking in a group. Two men stand with their bodies facing the camera, and a woman stands towards the men, her back facing the camera. They all are wearing hats, the man on the left a blue ball cap, the woman a purple knit cap, and the man on the left a brown cowboy hat. They all wear blue jeans and long sleeve shirts.  

The store front is made of mostly light brown wood and has large paned windows on the front wall. The porch leads to light gray dirt in the front, and to the store moving towards the back of the image. There are 3 sections of windows on each side of the large door opening in the middle. There is a small roof over the porch of the store that is almost green in color. From the awning, the store's roof line continues upward leading into a centered point. The siding seems to be very light green and wood. A horizontal sign sits in the center of the top section that is white with red writing that says, General Store. 

CAPTION: Film set at Paramount Ranch, which was burned in the 2018 Woolsey Fire. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 


 

IMAGE 3 of 6: A creek running through a canyon. 

DESCRIPTION: A glimmering creek divides the image, and there are towering canyon walls on either side of the water. The creek is dark green, almost black in color and cannot be seen through. The water reflects the bright blue sky littered with few white clouds, as well as the vegetation on either side of the creek. On both the left and right side of the creek, rust colored grass lines the creek bed, leading into dark green trees and bushes. The light brown branches are easily visible on a bush to the left of the creek bed. The bare bush has very few bright green leaves only at the top, otherwise is a web of thin brown branches. Behind the bare bush on the left side, thick dark green oaks create a wall of vegetation that obscures the canyon wall view behind it. The dark green trees are also on the right side of the creek. The creek narrows to distant vibrant green leaves on trees. Above the tree line, dark brown rocky canyon walls with sparce dark green bushes rise to the blue sky. The one on the left side looks like it is further away than the canyon wall on the right side of the image. The ridgeline is uneven and obscured by distance. A mountain stands in the background faded into a lighter brown color representing how far away from the creek it stands. 

CAPTION: Malibu Creek State Park landscape. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 


 

IMAGE 4 of 6: A ranger pointing while a visitor using binoculars. 

DESCRIPTION: Two women stand in the foreground of the image. Both are visible from the waist up. The woman on the left stands center frame, in a National Park Service Uniform. The Ranger wears a short sleeved, collared, grey button up shirt. There is a National Park Service arrowhead patch on the left shoulder of the shirt, a gold name tag on the right breast and a gold badge on the left breast of the shirt. The Ranger is also wearing a green flat brimmed hat and large black sunglasses. The Ranger has a round face, with a relaxed expression pointing upward into the distance toward the left side of the image. The visitor stands to the right of the ranger, but slightly toward the camera, her elbow overlaps the ranger's black hair under her hat. The visitor appears to be African American; she wears a grey t-shirt with a design on the front and has a blue and heathered grey sweatshirt tied around her waist. The visitor has a graphicly designed black and white backpack on, a teal and light yellow beaded bracelet on her left wrist, a tan ball cap and her black hair is tied back under the hat. The visitor holds up a black pair of binoculars to her relaxed face, there is a black strap hanging from the binoculars. There is a gray and black telescope in the foreground sitting in front of the ranger. Both women are standing under a pop up tent that is structured by white metal poles. The tent has a rood that is white on the underside and dark green on the top. In the background there is beige colored vegetation including trees and brush. 

CAPTION: Ranger points in the distance to help guide the view of a visitor using binoculars during a Santa Monica Mountains event, Wild Bird Fest. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 


 

IMAGE 5 of 6: A fountain in the front courtyard of a ranch style building. 

DESCRIPTION: The photograph is taken with a wide angle lens so that items in the foreground are exaggerated in size. Taking up most of the space in the center of the image sits a decorative fountain in the Spanish Mission style. The water basin or pool of the fountain is a floral shape with alternating curves and points arranged in a symmetrical pattern. The basin is about a foot tall and six feet across. It is made of white concrete and the inside of the basin is covered in deep blue tile. The rim of the basin is about a foot wide all around. There is a decorative stripe of mosaic tile just below the rim on the outside of the basin. In the center of the basin, water flows from a central spout down to two decorative tiers and into the basin. The fountain sits on a dusty, grey, gravel courtyard in from of a white, ranch style building. 

The building in the back is one story except for a round silo in the middle that is two stories. The building used to function as horse stables. There is a small window near the top of the silo. The roof on top of the silo and the first story of the building is red, curved, clay tiles. The glass door of the building is seen on the first-floor area of the silo section. 

Following the L shape of the building, there is a shaded walkway. The tops of the walkway are blanketed with thick green leaves of grape vines that wind around the top and sides of the walkway structure.  

In the background of the image, tall green oaks stand to the left and right of the silo against a blue sky, behind the building.  

CAPTION: Courtyard Fountain in front of Santa Monica Mountains Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 

 

IMAGE 6 of 6: A night sky littered with stars over a mountain landscape. 

DESCRIPTION: The photograph has two main parts:  a mountain landscape and an expansive night sky. The lower third of the image is a gently sloped mountain with rocky outcrops towards the top. Thick green vegetation covers the sides of the mountain which descends to meet a brown field of dry grass at the bottom of the photograph. 

Above the mountain is a purple and dark blue ombre sky that has bright spots of stars scattered throughout. Most notable is the light purple, light blue and white clusters of stars that make up the Milky Way. The Milky Way falls from the top left corner of the photo, diagonally downward to the bottom right and ends behind the mountain peak. 

CAPTION: Milky Way over Boney Mountain at Rancho Sierra Vista. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 

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MAP: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

DESCRIBING: A large, horizontal map that covers most of this side of the brochure. 

SYNOPSIS: In the following descriptions, you will find details of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is broken into six sections from west to east. 

CREDIT: NPS/ SAMO. 

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MAP DETAIL: Point Mugu State Park Area

SYNOPSIS: A vertical rectangular detail of map of Point Mugu State Park Area. The Point Mugu State Park Area of the map includes the Oxnard Plain, Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, Rancho Sierra Vista, Point Mugu State Park, Big Sycamore Canyon, Boney Mountain, Thornhill Broom Beach, Sycamore Cove, Bass Rock, Deer Creek Canyon, Deer Creek Road, Little Sycamore Canyon, Yerba Buena Road, County Line Beach, a portion of the Backbone Trail and the Pacific Coast Highway. 

DESCRIPTION: The map is divided into three main sections, creating triangles of color. The top portion of the page indicates an area not part of the recreation area, and so it is in a light brown color. The area meets the recreation area boundaries, and there is a clear difference in color. The light brown area of the map is noted as the Oxnard Plain. There are multiple roads running through the area, though not all are labeled. From the top left, the 101 Freeway, or Ventura Highway, runs on a downward slope to meet the other end of this sectioned map, still in the light brown area. Running from the top middle of the map to the upper left side, all in the light brown area, is Lewis Road that turns into Hueneme Road, there is a connector road called Wood Road that runs south from Hueneme Road connecting it to the down sloping Highway 1, or Pacific Coast Highway. 

The Pacific Coast Highway starts from bottom of the Oxnard Plain area and hugs the bottom of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The recreation area is in various green colors showing what is private land, state park land and federal land. The green area slopes from the middle of the left side to just shy of the bottom right corner. The rest of the map is blue and labeled as the Pacific Ocean. 

When following the Pacific Coast Highway, the features along the road are as follows, Mugu Lagoon, Point Mugu where there is parking, Thornhill Broom Beach with parking on both sides of the highway and camping, Sycamore Cove with Parking on both sides of the highway and a camping area, Bass Rock just west of Deer Creek Road, County Line Beach which is near the county line of Los Angeles County and Ventura County, and lastly Sequit Point almost directly on the County Line. 

Point Mugu State Park is a light green as it is a State Park. From the Pacific Coast Highway, Thornhill Broome Beach has a trailhead inland of the highway that starts the east section of the Backbone Trail, it this trail runs 67 miles west to the other end of the recreation area. Throughout the map, the Backbone trail is noted as a yellow line over the trails that make it up. There are other various trails that lead from the trailhead near Thornhill Broome Beach as well. 

At the top of Point Mugu State Park between the Oxnard Plain, there is a darker green area showing National Park Service Land. This is Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa, which is home to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Cultural Center. There are three Parking Areas at this location with many winding trails. 

From the Pacific Coast Highway, past Bass Rock, there is a curving road into the mountains called Deer Creek Road. It passes a piece of federal land called Deer Creek Canyon. The Road connects to Yerba Buena Road, which at one end leads into Circle X Ranch Area, and on the other back to the Pacific Coast Highway. 

CAPTION: Point Mugu State Park area map for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 

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MAP DETAIL: Circle X Ranch Area

SYNOPSIS: A map of the Circle X Ranch region of the Santa Monica Mountains. Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks is north of this region. 

DESCRIPTION: The Circle X Ranch region of the Santa Monica Mountains includes Circle X Ranch, Malibu Springs, Arroyo Sequit, Charmless Wilderness Park, Leo Carrillo State Park as well as El Matador State Beach, La Piedra State Beach, El Pescador State Beach, Nicholas County Beach and County Line Beach. North will be oriented at the top of the page, and west will be at the left side of the page. 

Beginning on the coastline at the bottom of the map, there are four beaches along Pacific Coast Highway. Moving east to west, the beaches are named El Matador State Beach, La Piedra State Beach, El Pescador State Beach, Nicholas County Beach and County Line Beach, which is the furthest west beach in this area of the map. 

There are four roads that begin on Pacific Coast Highway, which can take you into the interior of this region leading to some important areas. Moving east to west, the roads are Encinal Canyon Road, Decker Road, Mulholland Highway and Yerba Buena Road. There is another road that is closer to the Newbury Park side called Potrero Road. 

Encinal Canyon Road winds through the mountains on the east side of Charmless Wilderness Park. It eventually meets up with Lechusa Road on the east side of Arroyo Sequit. Encinal Canyon Road will cross the Backbone Trail. 

Decker Road leads you through the mountains on the west side of Charmlee Wilderness Park. There is a side road called Decker School Road partway up. Decker Road will meet with Encinal Canyon Road turning into Lechusa Road,  on the east side of Arroyo Sequit. Lechusa Road will continue to take you further north meeting with Mulholland Highway. 

Mulholland Highway begins just after the turn for the Leo Carrillo State Park campgrounds area,  filling the area west of Decker Road and east of Mulholland Highway. Following Mulholland Highway will take you along the Arroyo Sequit creek, to the north of the Arroyo Sequit area. Taking you on the south side of Malibu Springs, Mulholland Highway winds through the chaparral region eventually crossing the Backbone Trail. 

Yerba Buena Road follows Little Sycamore Canyon and will meet up with Cotharin Road. Turning left on Cotharin Road will lead back towards Pacific Coast Highway, while continuing on Yerba Buena Road will lead to Circle X Ranch. Immediately on the south side, there is a ranger contact station, parking and some campgrounds. There are two more parking areas moving forward on the road. Continuing on the road will lead to Mulholland Highway, north of Arroyo Sequit. 

CAPTION: Santa Monica Mountains Map of Circle X Ranch Area. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 

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MAP DETAIL: Franklin Canyon Area

SYNOPSIS: Detail of map of Franklin Canyon Area, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

DESCRIPTION: This map is a vertical rectangle, mostly all tan showing land mass with a tiny corner at the bottom left showing the ocean. It depicts the Franklin Canyon Area of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Two main areas are points of interest. The rest of the map displays a series of intersecting roads. 

The first area of interest is the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Visitor Contact Station. It is located on the bottom half of the map, and over toward the right edge. Highways converge on this point. Interstate 5 approaches from above higher on the map down to this point. Highway 101 come into this point from about 10 o’clock if the Visitor Contact Station was on a clock. Highway 10 passes right and left below it on the map but smaller roads provide direct access. Downtown Los Angeles is directly underneath this facility on the map with Los Angeles County directly to the left. Inglewood is depicted below and at 7 o’clock. While not centrally located, the position on the map denotes an area of interest to the map. 

Another area of interest appears on the far-left side of the map about one third of the way down the map. A white area, denoting protected lands that are not NPS lands within the park boundary extends from the left edge to the center of the map in a long, thin, odd shape. The shape is reminiscent of a dragon’s body as it curves and arches and twists along the map. While halfway across the page, this shape is very thin, taking up only a small slice of the map’s vertical space. 

Running throughout this dragon shape is Mulholland Drive, signified by a thick gold line. Above Mullholland Drive as it begins its traverse is Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and Burbank. Below left to right are Brentwood, Bel Aire, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Within the shape are several points called out. Franklin Canyon, Coldwater Canyon, and the William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom begin the trip along this drive. Continuing to the center of the map, this road crosses through Wilacre Park, Fryman Canyon, and Laurel Canyon Park. Parking is depicted as existing at all these locations. It ends at Runyan Canyon Park at the center of the map where Mulholland Drive runs into Highway 101. On the other side of the 101 is Griffith Park, Glendale and Silver Lake. 

A white area that follows the thin shape of Mulholland drive beginning west of the San Diego Freeway and ending at the 170 Hollywood Freeway, there are two spaces on the map where this white area dips south of Mulholland Drive, The first is Franklin Canyon between Coldwater Canyon and Wilacre Park. Making a right going east on Mulholland Drive will take you into Franklin Canyon Drive. Two universal signs for parking on Franklin Canyon Drive are present one is on the north end for the William C Douglass Outdoor Classroom and the other on the south end for Franklin Canyon the road and ends at the parking lot. The second space where the white area dips south of Mulholland drive is past Laurel Canyon and before Hollywood Freeway 170. The universal sign for parking is present making a right going east on Mulholland Drive into Runyan Canyon park, the park on the south side is connected to Fuller Avenue the runs perpendicular to Sunset Blvd.

The other notable feature of this map is the small piece of ocean visible at the bottom left. Top to bottom running along the coastline are the communities of Santa Monica, Venice, and Marina Del Rey. 

CAPTION: Franklin Canyon Area map for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 

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MAP DETAIL: Paramount Ranch/King Gillette Ranch Area

SYNOPSIS: A map describing the region of the Santa Monica Mountains with Malibu in the south at the bottom of the map and Agoura Hills to the north at the top of the map. 

DESCRIPTION: There a couple of ways to access this region. One way is off of Highway 101, which runs from the west side of Calabasas to Agoura Hills. The other way is on the coast via Pacific Coast Highway. Some important areas in this region are the King Gillette Ranch, the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center, and Paramount Ranch nestled among the canyons and creeks of the region. 

Connecting with Highway 101, Las Virgines Road will lead into the Santa Monica Mountains. This will lead to the King Gillette Ranch and the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center. Continuing on the road will lead to a Parking area for the Backbone Trail, where Piuma Road connects. Further on the road will meet with Pacific Coast Highway at the Malibu Bluffs. 

From Agoura Hills, Cornell Road and Kanan Road will lead into the mountains as well. Cornell Road will take you by Paramount Ranch on the east side to meetup with Mulholland Highway. 

Kanan Road will lead to Troutdale Road, which connects with Mulholland Highway at a parking area for Peter Strauss Ranch. 

Along the Pacific Coast Highway moving from east to west, there some areas and access roads that will lead you further into the Santa Monica Mountains. The areas are the Malibu Pier, the Adamson House, Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Malibu Bluffs and Dan Blocker Beach. Across Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu Bluffs is Malibu Canyon Road. A bit past Dan Blocker Beach there are two roads: Corral Canyon Road and Latigo Canyon Road. 

Malibu Canyon Road follows the Malibu Creek to meet with the Backbone Trail where Piuma Road connects with Malibu Canyon Road. Continuing on the road going north on the east side of Tapia Park will eventually lead to Mulholland Highway, where the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center is located as well as the King Gillette Ranch. 

Corral Canyon Road, just past a parking area, will immediately have a turn off for a parking area for the Solstice Canyon. Otherwise, Corral Canyon Road winds around the mountains to follow the Coral Canyon leading to a parking area along the Backbone Trail on the east side of Castro Crest. 

Latigo Canyon Road snakes up the mountains following Escondido Canyon to a parking area west of Castro Crest. This continues to meet up with Dume Road. 

CAPTION: Santa Monica Mountains Map of Paramount Ranch and King Gillette Ranch Area. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 

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MAP DETAIL: Topanga State Park Area

SYNOPSIS: Detail of map of Topanga State Park Area.  

DESCRIPTION: A vertical rectangular map with faded brown text and map markings. The top third has a tan background. Highway 27 is depicted coming top to bottom about one third of the way over from the left margin. San Fernando Valley is identified at the top right and Canoga Park is identified to the right of Highway 27. This highway ends at a road going left and right marked as Calabasas Road. Four cities are marked left to right across Calabasas Road – Calabasas, then Woodland Hills, Tarzana and Encino. Calabasas is off the left edge and Encino off the right edge of the map. 

Topanga State Park takes up the middle third and a bit of the lower third of the map. It is depicted in white with brownish text. The border at the top is smooth but wavy and gets more jagged as the park map gets toward the last quarter toward the right side of the page. Major roads are marked in brown. Some are in capital letters and some use capital and lowercase. Capitol letters seem to showcase larger areas. Mulholland Drive, which follows the top border of the park map is in dashed gold. In the center top of the park border is Marvin Braude Mullholland Gateway Park, and two circles with a universal symbol “P” for parking are also identified.  

At the far right along Mulholland Drive is San Vicente Mountain Park and a gate closed to vehicles is marked at its entrance. Another circle with a universal symbol “P” for parking is also identified. Just above this is the Encino Reservoir, in blue lettering with a small body of water identified also in blue. The body of water has jagged edges.  

Halfway down the map of the park is a dashed yellow line, with smaller dashes than Mulholland Drive. This legend is for a trail, and it is identified as Backbone Trail. For about two thirds of the way across the map, the trail seems to follow the top of the park border. One third from the end, it dips down close to the bottom right edge to Will Rogers State Park. This title is cut off halfway by the right edge of the page. Above the trail on the far left are two parks identified above the trail on the map – Red Rock Canyon Park and Cold Creek Preserve. 

Trippet Ranch and Topanga State Park are identified about halfway across the page at trail level. Trippet Ranch is in lower case letters. Topanga State Park is the title for the whole map and is centered and highlighted.  A universal sign for camping is depicted not far north of the parking at Trippet Ranch on the Backbone Trail. 

From the top of the page to where the park map ends, several trails are marked with small, dashed green lines. Right off the left edge of the page, at Red Rock Canyon, several trails snake down toward Backbone Trail.  

Around the title for Topanga State Park in the middle of the map are another series of trails. The map itself has a border right under this title that juts upward along the Santa Ynez Canyon. 

Another small trail system is visible on the other side of this canyon and is marked as Temescal Canyon. 

From the top of the page to where the park map ends, two main roads are marked, most extending down from Calabasas Road.  

Left to right: a brown line depicting a different branch of Molholland Drive before it enters the park splits into Old Topanga Canyon Road. This road extends in a curvy line all the way to the ocean and ends at Topanga Beach. 

Highway 27 becomes Topanga Canyon Boulevard. This joins halfway down the map with Old Topanga Canyon Road, ending at Topanga Beach. 

At Santa Ynez Canyon, where the bottom of the map veers upward, is a road marked Palisades Drives. This ends at Highway 1 which runs along the coast right and left. 

The bottom edge of the park map is smooth and wavy and follows the water of the Santa Monica Bay. The bottom third quarter of the page is all blue water. Santa Monica Bay is marked in blue, and the curve of the capital letters follows the curve of the coastline. This coastline curve comes in straight from the left of the page and a little more than halfway across curves gently down and to the right. 

The beaches that are marked along the bottom of the park boundary are from left to right: 

Las Flores Beach, Las Tunas Beach, Topanga Beach, Temescal Canyon Park, Will Rogers Beach, Santa Monica Beach, and Palisades Park. At the end of the curve on the map, depicting the coastline is the Sant Monica Pier. The universal symbol “P” for parking is also identified at Topanga Beach, Will Rogers Beach, Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Pier. 

Along the coastline is a brown highway line marked as Pacific Coast Highway. It extends edge to edge on the map. The Getty Villa is marked just above the highway about halfway across the map. To the right of Getty Villa is Los Liones pullout with parking. To the right of this is Palisades Drive with a parking area at the top of this drive, and further right is Temescal Canyon Road.  

CAPTION: Topanga State Park map for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO. 

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MAP DETAIL: Zuma and Trancas Canyon Area

SYNOPSIS: A map of the Zuma and Trancas Canyons region of the Santa Monica Mountains. Directly north is Westlake Village on the top of the map; the Pacific Ocean is on the bottom of the map to the south. 

DESCRIPTION: The Zuma and Trancas Canyons is a large hiking area north of Point Dume as well as Point Dume State Reserve and Zuma beach County Park. Rocky Oaks is located to the north of this area. Going east to west, the beach areas are Point Dume State Reserve or Westward Beach, Zuma Beach County Park, El Matador State beach and La Piedra State beach. 

Beginning on the coastline, Pacific Coast Highway will lead you to four roads: Kanan Dume Road, Bonsall Drive, Busch Drive and Encinal Canyon Road. From the Westlake Village side, Westlake Boulevard will take you to the north of the canyons leading to Mulholland Highway. 

Kanan Dume Road takes you on the east side of Zuma Canyon, leading to a parking area close to where this road crosses the Backbone Trail. Partway up the road, Latigo Canyon Road meets with Kanan Dume Road on the east side. Moving forward along the Kanan Dume Road,  will lead to a parking area on the south end of the Rocky Oaks area,  as well as Mulholland Highway. Even further along this road will lead to the Triunfo Canyon creek. 

Bonsall Drive leads to a parking area directly south in Zuma Canyon. There is a small road called Rainsford Place,  if needed to crossover to the other parking area at the end of Busch Drive. 

Busch Drive leads to a parking area directly south in Zuma Canyon. There is a small road called Rainsford Place,  if needed to crossover to the other parking area at the end of Bonsall Drive. 

Encinal Canyon Road is further along Pacific Coast Highway. It winds around the mountainous area. Meeting with Lechusa Road, Encinal Canyon Road turns right to cross the Backbone Trail. After that, it meets with Mulholland Highway north of the Zuma and Trancas Canyons. 

CAPTION: Santa Monica Mountains Map of Zuma and Trancas Canyon Area 

CREDIT: NPS/ SAMO. 

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MAP DETAIL: Legend

SYNOPSIS: Legend for map of Topanga State Park Area.   

DESCRIPTION: A horizontal rectangular legend that is about six times wider than it is high. This legend is light blue, situated in an area of the map that is positioned in the ocean. On the far right is a circle with an arrow pointing up and the word North above the circle. Below this is a distance legend showing a line with marking that identify distance measurements from 0 to 4 miles along the bottom, and 0 to an unidentified amount of kilometers at the top, but it can be estimated to be about 6 kilometers. 

 At the top middle is the remainder of the map this legend identifies. The word Point Dume State Beach (Westward Beach) and the bottom top of the Point Dume land mass map are visible. 

 The right three quarters of this legend identify markings on the maps. They are arranged in two rows and eight columns.  

 The first column shows a top image and word with a universal symbol for camping, a dark square with a light colored image of a tent. The tent is an open triangle with thicker sides and a thinner bottom line. To the right of this symbol is the word Campground. The lower image is the universal symbol for camping but with a different color balance. It shows a light colored square with a dark-colored tent. The tent is an open triangle with thicker sides and a thinner bottom line. To the right of this symbol are the words Group campground. 

 The second column shows a top image and word with the universal symbol for camping, but without the square. This image is just a dark colored tent. The tent is an open triangle with thicker sides and a thinner bottom line. To the right of this symbol are the words Backcountry campground. The lower image is the universal symbol for parking. It shows a white circle with a thin black line around the edge of the circle. A capitalized letter P in black is in the circle. To the right of this symbol is the word Parking. 

 The third column shows a top image and word with a symbol for a roadway. This symbol is a white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. There is a thick solid brown line running left to right through the center of this rectangle. To the right of this symbol are the words Primary road. The lower image is another white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. There is a thinner solid brown line running left to right through the center of this rectangle. To the right of this symbol are the words Secondary road. 

 The fourth column shows a top image and word with a symbol for a corridor. This symbol is a white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. There is a thick solid gold line running left to right through the center of this rectangle. To the right of this symbol are the words Mulholland scenic corridor (paved). The lower image is another white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. There is a dashed gold line running left to right through the center of this rectangle. To the right of this symbol are the words Mulholland scenic corridor (unpaved). 

 The fifth column shows a top image and word with a symbol for a trail. This symbol is a white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. There is a dashed yellow line running left to right through the center of this rectangle. To the right of this symbol are the words Backbone Trail. The lower image is another white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. There is a thinner dashed green line running left to right through the center of this rectangle. To the right of this symbol are the words Other trail. 

 The sixth column shows a top image and word with a symbol for the park boundary. This symbol is a white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. There is a thin blue line running left to right through the center of this rectangle. The top of the rectangle is tan. The bottom is white. To the right of this symbol are the words Santa Monica National Recreation Area authorized boundary. There is no lower image. Instead, these words are printed in the place of an image: The park boundary extends to the mean high tide line along the coast.  

 The seventh column shows a top image and word with a symbol for a trail. This symbol is a white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. The top and bottom black lines appear thicker than the sides. The rectangle is green inside the border. To the right of this symbol are the words National Park Service land. The lower image is another white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. There is nothing additional inside the rectangle. To the right of this symbol are the words Other public land within authorized park boundary. 

 The eighth column shows a top image and word with a symbol for a trail. This symbol is a white horizontal rectangle with a thin black line around the edge of the rectangle. The rectangle is light pink inside the border. To the right of this symbol are the words Protected land outside the authorized park boundary. There is no lower image.

CAPTION: Legend for map of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

CREDIT: NPS / SAMO.  

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TEXT: Plan Your Day, Head for the Hills

Some areas remain closed due to damage by the 2018 Woolsey Fire. Check our website for updates.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitor Center is in the heart of the park at the King Gillette Ranch. Information, exhibits, sales area, trail, ranger programs, and special events.

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center at Rancho Sierra Vista has information, exhibits, ranger programs, and hiking trails. Open weekends.

Paramount Ranch Watch movies and television shows being made at the Western Town set. Filming and still productions require a permit from the park.

Peter Strauss Ranch This historic ranch had an amusement park and swimming pool in the early 1900s. Today it displays public art and has concerts in the amphitheater. Short hiking trail.

Hiking With nearly 500 miles (800 km) of public trails, there’s hiking for everyone. The 67-mile (108 km) Backbone Trail traverses the park. Camping along this trail is very limited; day hikes recommended.

Horses and Mountain Bikes Trail riding is a popular way to explore the backcountry and the park’s varied landscape. You can rent horses at privately owned stables. 

Check our website for horse rentals, trails, and regulations. Camping is available by reservation at Point Mugu, Malibu Creek, and Leo Carrillo state parks; info at www.parks.ca.gov or 800-444-7275. Group camping is available by reservation at Circle X Ranch; www.recreation.gov. 

El Pueblo Visitor Contact Station is the park’s home base in downtown Los Angeles; open intermittently. LA Ranger Troca, a mobile visitor center, brings the park and its programs to local communities. 

Events Guide An online event calendar, Outdoors, lists activities, programs, and special events. Info at www.samofund.org/calendar. 

Stay Safe, Protect the Park All natural and cultural resources, including wildflowers, rocks, fossils, and wildlife, are protected by federal law. NEVER remove, disturb, or damage them. For firearms and other regulations, see the park website. • Pets are not allowed on backcountry trails in state parks. • Campfires are allowed only in designated sites. Check fire restrictions. • Mountain bikes and horses are permitted only on designated trails and fire roads.

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TEXT: Planea tu Día, Vista las Montañas

Algunas áreas permanecen cerradas debido al daño causado por el Woolsey Fire 2018. Visite nuestro sitio web para más información.

El Centro de Visita del Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area está ubicado al medio del parque en King Gillette Ranch. Información, exhibiciones, tienda de regalos, senderos, programas de guarda-parques y eventos especiales.

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center en Rancho Sierra Vista tiene información, exhibiciones, programas de guarda-parques y senderos. Abierto los fi nes de semana.

Paramount Ranch Observa películas y programas de televisión que se están realizando en el set de Western Town. Producciones requieren permiso del parque.

Peter Strauss Ranch Este rancho histórico tenía un parque de diversiones y una alberca a principios del siglo 1900. Hoy uno puede ver arte público y atender conciertos en el anfi teatro. Hay un sendero corto.

Excursionismo Hay excursiones para todos con 500 millas (800 km) de senderos públicos. El Backbone Trail de 67 millas (108 km) atraviesa el parque.

Uno puede explorar en caballo o en bicicleta de montaña el campo y paisaje variado del parque. Puedes alquilar caballos en establos privados. Visita nuestro sitio web para información en donde alquilar caballos, senderos y regulaciones.

Se puede acampar con reservación en los parques estatales Point Mugu, Malibu Creek y Leo Carrillo. Visite www.parks.ca.gov o llame al 800-444-7275. El campamento para grupos en Circle X Ranch está disponible con reservación; www.recreation.gov. 

La Estación de Contacto basada en El Pueblo de Los Angeles está abierta intermitentemente y sirve como la base de operaciones en el centro de Los Angeles. LA Ranger Troca, un centro de visitantes móvil, trae el parque y sus programas a las comunidades locales. 

Guía de eventos El calendario de eventos, Outdoors, está disponible por internet, www.samofund.org/ calendar, con listas de actividades, programas y eventos especiales.

Manténgase Seguro, Proteja el Parque Todos los recursos naturales y culturales, incluyendo fl ores silvestres, piedras, fósiles y animales, están protegidos por leyes federales. Favor de no colectar, molestar o dañar. Para las armas de fuego y otras regulaciones, visite el sitio web del parque. • No se permiten mascotas en los senderos en los parques estatales. • Las fogatas solo están permitidas en sitios designados. Infórmese si hay restricciones de fuego. • Se permiten bicicletas de montaña y caballos solo en senderos y carreteras designadas.

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VISIÓN de CONJUNTO: Accesibilidad

Nos esforzamos para que nuestros servicios y programas sean accesibles para todos. Para obtener información, diríjase a un centro de visitantes, pregúntele a un guarda-parques, llame o visite nuestro sitio web.

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VISIÓN de CONJUNTO: Más Información

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area es uno de los más de 400 parques en el National Park System. Es un esfuerzo cooperativo del National Park Service, Parques Estatales de California, Conservación de Montañas Santa Mónica, gobiernos de ciudades y condados, y propietarios privados. Las regulaciones varean entre las diferentes agencias.

Santa Monica Mountains 

Interagency Visitor Center

26876 Mulholland Hwy

Calabasas CA 91302

805-370-2301

www.nps.gov/samo


EMERGENCIAS

Llame al 911.

Para un guardaparques, llame al 

Santa Mónica Dispatch 

al 805-370-2399.


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