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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978 as part of the National Parks System. It is not a single park, but a collection of parks in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties of California. The several parks are administered jointly or individually by the National Park Service, California State Parks, and other conservation organizations. The Area spans the Santa Monica Mountains between the coast and the Conejo and San Fernando Valleys, from Point Mugu (and the Oxnard Plain) to the Cahuenga Pass (just north of Hollywood) - 46 miles long and 8 miles wide, tallest point 3,111 feet. The Santa Monica Conservancy, which was originally set up to oversee the Santa Monica Mountains, now oversees natural areas extending to Santa Clarita and surrounding the San Fernando Valley protecting a large area around Los Angeles. There are private holdings within the boundaries, but overall the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area protects a large region of California wilderness.

A partial list of parks include
Paramount Ranch
King Gillette Ranch
Peter Strauss Ranch
Malibu Creek State Park (former Fox Movie Ranch)
San Vicente Mountain Park
Leo Carrillo State Park
Adamson House
Point Mugu State Park

A Visitor Center is located in Calabasas.

The climate for this part of California is considered Mediterranean, one of five such regions on Earth, the others being the Mediterranean itself, a part of southwest South
America, southern tip of South Africa, and southwestern Australia, all at the same latitude north or south of the Equator and on the western side of a continent. The native plants have adapted to low rainfall.

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