Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, Los Angeles

4.5
#5 of 7 in Wildlife in Los Angeles
The Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve is a large open space nature preserve owned and operated by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy spanning nearly in the Simi Hills of western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County.Originally part of Ahmanson Ranch, this area was sold by Seattle-based Washington Mutual to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in late 2003 after lengthy issues concerning development in the chaparral shrub forest and oak savanna understory and overstory Plant communities. It was previously called Ahmanson Ranch Park.HistoryPre-1963For thousands of years the Chumash Native American tribe lived in the current Preserve's area. The Chumash had, prior to European involvement, at least one village on the land, Huwam, a multi-cultural village where Chumash, Tongva, and Tataviam peoples lived. On Bell Creek beside EscorpiĆ³n Peak (Castle Peak) a large rocky mountain on the property of El Escorpion Park, is the reported site of this village. The peak is one of nine alignment points in Chumash territory and is essential to maintaining the balance of the natural world. A cave known as The Cave of Munits exists just inside the property. This is the believed cave of a mythical Chumash shaman who was killed after murdering the son of a Chumash chief.
Put Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve at the forefront of your travel plans using our Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner .
Source
Create an itinerary including Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
10 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • A great place for a day hike. Good trails, good maps, and clean restrooms. Many trail options from easy to hard.  more »
  • A drive in through some of the recent burned valley drops you atop the hills. There are no trees or shade along the trails, but you will get plenty of sunshine and breathing room. You also can get a b...  more »

Plan your trip to Los Angeles

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

View all >
4.4
Duration: 8​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 1​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h

Side trips from Los Angeles

4.2
Duration: 5​h 30​min
4.1
Duration: 1​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Los Angeles

4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 2​h
3.7
Duration: 2​h

Historic Sites in Los Angeles

View all >
2.6
Duration: 30​min
4.4
Duration: 30​min
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h

Museums in Los Angeles

View all >
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Los Angeles

3.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 4​h
4.9
Duration: 4​h
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.7
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h