Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County

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Free events and programs at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit samofund.org/calendar.

Most activities subject to cancellation if there's significant rain.

Sat 3/30, 4/28, 5/25, 10/26, 11/24, 12/28 - Welcome Walk at Malibu Creek State Park 10am to 12:30pm - Join a docent for a refreshing walk along Malibu Creek, through a wooded valley. Learn about fire restoration, plus the park’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed on location. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Sun 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19/20, 2/16, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19 8am to 11:30am - San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Sat 3/23: Stop and Smell the Roses Hike at Malibu Creek State Park 8:45-1PM - Tom has been leading spring hikes for years and they’re a great, fun way to explore one of L.A.’s most spectacular parks, Malibu Creek State Park. You’ll learn about the animals, plants and flowers that fill our parkland. PARK CENTER HIKE – From the Main Trailhead parking lot, we’ll ride to the Visitor Center, then hike to the MASH site, Century Lake, the Forest Trail and return. Each hike is between 3.5-4.5 hours, depending on the pace of the group. Meet in the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) at 8:45 a.m. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring 2 quarts of water, lunch or snacks, a wide brimmed hat and sun screen. Rain cancels. PLEASE RSVP by the Thursday before the hike. Contact Tom at 818-216-7696 or tgkaplan54@gmail.com and be sure to leave your phone number.

Sun 3/24 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Make a Dream Catcher at Rancho Sierra Vista - Two workshops available! Reservations Required. Please reserve no later than March 20th!

Come make a dream-catcher with Witchita tribal artist Michael Williams. He will teach the basics of creating your very own dream-catcher using natural resources.

There are two workshops available. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

To make reservations please email: razsa_cruz@nps.gov or call 805-418-3163. Please include the title of the workshop you will be attending, how many in your party (parents/adults included), the contact name for the reservation and contact info. Reservations fill up quickly. Please reserve no later than March 20th.

Sun 4/21 10am and 1pm - Native Plant Presentation at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Two cultural plant presentations available. No reservations required. Interested in how indigenous cultures used plants medicinally and culturally? Kumeyaay ethnobotanist Richard Bugbee presents a discussion on indigenous uses for local native plants. First presentation begins at 10am. The second presentation will begin at 1pm.

Sun 5/5 10am and 1pm - Animal Spirit Necklace Workshop at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Two workshops available! No reservations required. Discover your Satwiwa spirit with Tongva artist Julia Bogany, where you will learn to make a Tongva animal spirit necklace. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Directions to various locations

Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons: Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn north on Palo Comado Canyon Rd then right on Chesebro Rd. Go north 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right and follow road to parking lot.

Circle X Ranch: Pacific Coast Hwy to Yerba Buena Rd. Turn inland; go 5.4 miles to Circle X Ranch contact station.

Sandstone Peak Trailhead: 1 mile north of Circle X Ranch contact station on Yerba Buena Rd. Parking lot is on left.

Mishe Mokwa Trailhead: 1.75 miles north of the Circle X contact station along Yerba Buena Road. Parking lot is on right.

King Gillette Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Park entrance is 0.1 mile on right.

Malibu Creek State Park: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Park entrance is 0.25 mile south of the intersection on Las Virgenes Rd. From Pacific Coast Hwy: north on Malibu Canyon Rd to park entrance on left.

Paramount Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) to Kanan Rd exit. South on Kanan 0.5 mile. Left on Cornell Way and veer to right. South 2.5 miles, entrance is on right side of the road.

Peter Strauss Ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills.

Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left at Via Goleta. Continue all the way to a parking lot where the road ends. To get to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, walk 0.3 mile up gravel road from the parking area to brown wooden building. 

Wendy Trailhead: Ventura Fwy (101) to Wendy Dr. exit. South on Wendy Dr to dirt pullout at intersection with Potrero Rd.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch: From Ventura Fwy (101): Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Go 0.1 mile and turn right into entrance of King Gillette Ranch. The visitor center is the first building on your right. 26867 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.