Whether you want to dip a toe in the ocean or saddle up for a trail ride, outdoor opportunities abound in Ventura County. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.
Point Mugu State Park
9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Set in the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Mugu State Park features 5 miles of shoreline, sandy beaches, rugged hills, rocky bluffs and two major river canyons. Enjoy more than 70 miles of hiking trails or rumble over the park’s sand dunes. Catch a wave of fun while swimming, body surfing and surf fishing. The park is locked from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. No entry after 10 p.m. Visit the website for information about camping and site reservations.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302
From the famous beaches of Malibu to the 500 miles of hiking, running and horseback riding, the Santa Monica Mountains rec area offers something for almost every outdoor taste. Escape the urban jungle for free and experience the trails and parklands year-round 24/7, though parking lots are open only from 8 a.m. to sunset. The park, which has been the setting for many a Hollywood movie, also boasts excellent wildflower viewing and abundant camping opportunities. For more information, including permits related to filming and camping, visit the park website.
Ventura Aquatic Center
901 S. Kimball Road
Ventura, CA 93003
This outdoor state-of-the-art aquatic facility features a 50-meter competition pool, 25-meter recreation pool, activity pool and two water slides. Sign up for swim classes or improve your fitness with lap-swim sessions. Visit the website for schedules, admission prices and more.