Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA91301 Containing more than 154,000 acres of land, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban…More national park in the United States. The park was established on November 10, 1978, following a successful campaign by local conservationists. Recreational opportunities abound at the site, where popular activities including biking, birding, camping, horseback riding and hiking. The Backbone Trail System runs for nearly 70 miles across the length of the park. For more information, visit the park's Web site.
Peter Strauss Ranch 30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA91301 Inhabited for thousands of years by the Chumash people, this oak woodland became part of Rancho Las Virgenes after…More Spanish colonization. In 1976, actor Peter Strauss was deeply moved by the area's natural beauty and purchased the property at Malibu Lake. He later sold the ranch to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 1983. The National Park Service purchased the ranch in 1987 as part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which was dedicated to the preservation of its natural and cultural history. Today, the site accommodates hiking, concerts, picnics and art exhibits.