"Sunset over foggy mountains, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, 2015." by U.S. National Park Service , public domain
National Park Service Sites
Rancho Sierra Vista and Satwiwa
Brochure for Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area A Sacred Place Information and Safety Two threads of local history intertwine to establish the identity of Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa. Ranch structures and introduced grasses represent centuries of the ranching era, while native plants reflect an environment that Chumash Indians lived in for thousands of years. The gentle slopes yield trails that picnickers, hikers, bikers, and equestrians enjoy during every season. Big Sycamore Canyon Trail descends from Satwiwa to the Pacific Ocean along a historic Chumash trade route. Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa features the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center (open on weekends from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Native Americans, representing Native cultures from throughout the United States, lead workshops, presentations, and art shows throughout the year. Call for information on accessible parking: 805-370-2301. The Satwiwa Loop Trail is designated for hikers only, and meanders through an area considered sacred by the Chumash. Keep an eye out for deer and coyote in the coastal sage scrub, hawks and falcons soaring overhead, and sweeping views of Boney Mountain and The May 2013 Springs Fire burned much of Point Mugu State Park and portions of Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. Whether recreating on foot, bike or horseback, be on the lookout for signs of plants, soil, and animals recovering from the effects of this wildfire. TRAIL ETIQUETTE Hikers should yield to equestrians. Equestrians should communicate with passing hikers and bicyclists. Horses should not graze or leave the trail. Remove manure from parking areas. Bicyclists should ride courteously and yield to hikers and equestrians; speed limit is 15 mph unless conditions require a slower speed. Bicyclists and equestrians are allowed on designated trails only (avoid social trails and fire lines). WATER that comes from streams is not safe to drink due to possible contamination or the presence of the giardia protozoan. NATURAL AND CULTURAL FEATURES including rocks, plants, and animals are protected by law and may not be collected or disturbed. Do not climb on structures. Weapons, nets, and traps are not allowed in parklands. BE PREPARED by taking water, food, flashlight, map, and first-aid supplies. Be alert for ticks, bees, rattlesnakes, and poison oak. Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Main entrance is at intersection of Lynn Road and Via Goleta. Newbury Park CA 91320 Sycamore Canyon. Follow all trail guidelines by only biking or horseback riding on designated trails. FIRE is a year-round concern. During times of high fire danger, smoking and all fires are not permitted. TRAIL CLOSURES will be in effect during and following extreme weather or hazardous conditions. PETS must be under control and on a leash, not to exceed 6 feet, at all times. Pick up after your pet. Pets are not allowed on backcountry trails in Point Mugu State Park. CAMPING is restricted to the Point Mugu State Park campgrounds only. The main parking area is open from 8:00 AM – sunset. FOR MORE INFORMATION Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center 26876 Mulholland Hwy Calabasas CA 91302 805-370-2301 www.nps.gov/samo The Satwiwa Native American Culture Center is open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekends. EMERGENCIES Call 911. For a ranger, call Angeles Dispatch at 661-723-3620. 300 Meters 500 Feet 0 To Highway 101 1000 Feet NN LY AD RO Paved road Ranger station Dirt road Parking Phone Fire road Picnic area Trail Restrooms Creek Water National Park Service Land Satwiwa Native Natural Area Other Public Parklands Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail POTRERO RD PO TR ER Service Road and Access to Handicap Parking Only No Outlet Gate Equestrian Lot OR DRIVE PINEHILL RD VIA GOLETA PARK ENTRANCE Handicap accessible D WEND Y 100 Meters REINO RO AD 0 To Los Robles Trail Pond R an ch R A N CHO Ove rloo k y nd We Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center Tra il S IE RR A VISTA / Satwiwa Native American Indian Natural Area S AT WIWA Pond on Danie l s on Road (Dogs are not allowed in the backcountry except on paved roads) Loop l Easy n Moderate t Strenuous Much of Point Mugu State Park and Rancho Sierra Vista burned in the May 2013 Springs Fire. Please help the park recover by staying on trails and following information on posted signs. No Outlet Trail No dogs past this point ore Upper Sycam To Beach at Sycamore Cove Directions to main parking lot (open 8am to sunset): Ventura Freeway (101) to Lynn Rd exit. Go south on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left. Directions to Wendy Trailhead: Ventura Freeway (101) to Wendy Dr exit. South on Wendy Dr to dirt pullout at intersection with Potrero Rd. Windmill H id POINT MUGU STATE PARK North Trail Loop Bi g y e Can mor a c Sy (no bikes or horses) Sa t wi wa a iw tw Sa Water Tank Tra il Chumash Demonstration Village Trail Information il Tra den rloo Valley Ove ail k Tr on Trail Cany Waterfall Big Sycamore Canyon Trail n 8.0 miles one way— Enjoy this trek from Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa through Big Sycamore Canyon in Point Mugu State Park to the ocean. This is a multiuse trail. Please exercise extreme caution when traveling on the steep hill, which leads from Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa into Point Mugu State Park. Be alert for occasional authorized vehicles on the road. Pets are not allowed after the pavement ends. Satwiwa Loop Trail l 1.5 miles; no bikes, no equestrians—Stroll through grasslands and chaparral of the Satwiwa Native American Indian Natural Area. The Natural Area was set aside for the preservation and celebration of Native American cultures. Wendy Trail l 1.2 miles—This multi-use trail provides access to Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa from the Wendy Drive Trailhead. A 1/2-mile long connector trail provides access to the Los Robles multi-use trail across Potrero Road. EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA™ Trail to the Waterfall n 1.5 miles one way; no bikes or pets—From the Big Sycamore Canyon Trail, travel east on Danielson Road. This trail will descend into a canyon as you enter the Boney Mountain State Wilderness. After you cross over a streambed, the trail ascends and then makes a sharp right turn. At this junction, take the narrow trail on the left. Follow this narrow trail for 100 yards to the waterfall. Dogs are not allowed on backcountry trails in Point Mugu State Park. Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail l 1.2 miles—The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail preserves the story of the Anza expedition and trail, which extends 1,200 miles from Nogales to San Francisco. While the historic trail extends north of our park property, a section of the trail runs for 1.2 miles along our own Wendy Trail. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/juba printed on 100% recycled paper