Coastal Canyons and Beaches

Approximately 45 percent of the Santa Monica Mountains are in the California Coastal Zone. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy undertakes projects that implement the park, recreation, conservation, and open space provisions of the California Coastal Act.

Twenty-nine creeks flow from the verdant coastal canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains into the Pacific Ocean. Decades of effort and tens of millions of public dollars have protected key portions of these canyons and beaches.

The Conservancy works with its partners to maximize public access across 27,000 acres of open space in the Coastal Zone. This includes beaches and coastal parks from Point Mugu to Pacific Palisades, and inland to King Gillette Ranch.

For more information about Conservancy-sponsored coastal access programs visit