For those seeking a different kind of thrill, there are mountain bike trails throughout the park available for biking adventure. With more than two dozen trails available, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, every rider will be able to find a trail to suit his or her pace and preference. The Park's website provides a beneficial brochure with information on each trail, as well as rules and regulations for riders.
Not only are there hundreds of miles of hiking trails, but horse trails as well. Equestrians can rejoice and enjoy more than 500 miles of riding trails. Visitors can explore on their own steed or even find a friend for the day at a horse rental facility. As with other activities, recommendations and regulations are listed on the Park's website, to enable every rider to have the most enjoyable day.
Horses aren't the only domesticated animals to be found, as much of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area is dog friendly. Many hiking trails and even some camp grounds permit dogs on site. Dog owners are advised to be prepared, to check the website to identify which areas do permit dogs, and be sure to keep their canine on a leash at all times.
For those seeking a slightly more relaxed day than the rock climbers and mountain bikers, bird watching is another great way to experience the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. Home to nearly 400 species of birds, including water birds, song birds, and predatory birds, the Park is a veritable aviary. Migration seasons are a particularly interesting time to bird watch at the Park, as millions make their way to and through the area. Several local Audubon chapters regularly arrange walks in the area, which can be accessed via the Park website. Photo: NPS Photo
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