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If State Parks Close, What's Left?

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The state parks that are proposed to be cut are quite beautiful and very popular--still, if they close, it's not like there's nothing left. State parks make up 23% of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, leaving a good amount of acreage to the National Park Service and another state park agency local to Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (note that there is a considerable amount of private land within the Nat. Rec. Area, too).

And beyond the National Recreation Area, there's the Angeles National Forest (which hold 70% of open space in LA County), the Simi Hills, Griffith Park, LA County Regional Parks and other properties run by the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, who runs the website LA Mountains. That's a whole lot of unexplored choices for many Angelenos.

We recommend starting with the National Park Service's Circle X Ranch where you can climb to the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains at Sandstone Peak (the Grotto Trail is cool, too).

Previously: State Parks Produce $4.32 Billion Annually, Says Study