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Point Mugu State Park, Point Mugu

#192 of 608 in Nature in California
Must see · State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Point Mugu State Park is a state park located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern California. The rugged, nearly impassible shoreline of the western Santa Monica Mountains gives way to tidal lagoons and coastal sand dunes at Mugu Rock. The western edge of the park adjoins Mugu Lagoon which is a protected area within Naval Air Station Point Mugu.

Point Mugu SP consists of distinct landside and beachside areas with different ecosystems and their own parking lots, separated by the Pacific Coast Highway. During low tide, the parks are joined by a walkway under an adjoining bridge. The park may be accessed from the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains from a National Park Service park, Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park, CA that includes the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, and from the western part of the Santa Monica Mountains by the Pacific Coast Highway.

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  • We found parking even late in the morning, and the helpful ranger suggested a short but vigorous hike that ended with stunning views of the ocean and PCH. Bathrooms could have been cleaner, but well....  more »
  • My husband and I did not explore the Park, but we pulled over when we saw Point Mugu. There was a guy who also pulled over and was taking some photographs over the ocean. This was a very nice place....  more »
  • I am here right now at Point Mugu state park on the other side of the large rock on Coast Highway this is fantastic you should come down if you can today or anytime and see how many dolphins are out here there's at least a hundred we also see seals out here there's a bunch of baby dolphins out here and these other dolphins are flapping their tails in the water like giving them some kind of schooling it's almost like a Maternity Ward for the Dolphins the Sharks and the seals that I've seen today if you get a chance come down it's beautiful a little overcast so it's not so hot high tide there is no beach there's only a beach at low tide it seems to be coming in right now so the beach is going to be going away for about 10 and 1/2 hours just in case you want to know this is a five-star pullover it's beautiful this is where the Chumash Indians used to have a village right up above us here where I'm sitting I'll share pictures
  • There are two camp grounds . Big Sycamore and Thornhill Broome. I'm reviewing Big Sycamore . Wonderful campground within an easy walk to the beach and many trails up into the Santa Monica Mountains. Only knock is the reservation system and prices. Getting near $50/night and a 6 mo in advance reservation. But that is the way it is for all the popular state beaches and parks

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