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Head to the Santa Monica Mountains for a weekend of camping at Topanga State Park near Topanga, California. This state park is a part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and is within the city of Los Angeles, making it one of the largest natural or wildland parks within the boundaries of a major city.
Topanga State Park is ideal for a vacation so you can sight-see in Los Angeles and Santa Monica while enjoying the natural beauty of a state park. It's not a problem if you don't own a motorhome — book an RV in Los Angeles County and spend a few days relaxing near Topanga State Park.
Several hiking trails that wind throughout Topanga State Park and range in difficulty from moderate to strenuous. Hikers can enjoy Eagle Junction, a loop trail that leads past Eagle Spring and under Eagle Rock. More adventurous hikers can climb onto Eagle Rock for panoramic views of the park. The park also has a variety of fire roads where visitors can hike, bike, or even ride their horses. Guided hikes are available from January through the end of June, led by one of the park’s volunteers.
Once you've set up camp at Topanga State Park, head over to the visitors' center and explore the museum housed there. The exhibits displayed in this museum portray the natural history of the area. There are exhibits showing plants and wildlife along with artifacts left by Native Americans who originally lived in the area. The word topanga comes from the Shoshonean language and means "above." This referred to the canyon settlement that was created above Topanga Creek, which consistently floods. The Topanga Canyon was originally inhabited by a group of Native Americans known as the Topanga Culture.
Topanga State Park houses the Topanga Nature Center where visitors can learn about the local flora and fauna. Coastal sage scrub, woodlands eco-regions, and Montane chaparral are the primary habitats of Topanga State Park. The park is also home to over 60 reptiles and amphibians and more than 80 different mammal species. At the nature center, visitors will see a wide array of mounted native birds and animals. There are interactive exhibits and hands-on displays.
Unfortunately, RV camping at Topanga State Park isn't available. The only campground here features just eight hike-in sites for backpackers complete with primitive amenities such as vault toilets.
If you're looking for a place to camp in an RV near Topanga State Park, check out the Los Angeles/Pomona/Fairplex KOA in Pomona. This KOA offers 50-amp electric service and can accommodate RVs up to 65-feet in length. Water and sewer hookups are also available. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered to guests. Guests can take advantage of a hot tub and sauna.
Another option for RV camping near Topanga State Park is the Soledad Canyon RV and Camping Resort in Acton. This RV campground is in the San Gabriel Mountains and offers exceptional amenities such as a private swimming pool, family lodge, and playground for the children. Full-service hookups with 50-amp electric, water, and sewer along with modern restrooms and private shower houses are available for all campers.
Take a break from camping at Topanga State Park and visit Universal Studios – Hollywood in Universal City. This world-famous theme park and film studio is located in the San Fernando Valley, less than an hour from Topanga State Park. There's something for everyone in the family to enjoy from amusement rides to shows. Spend the day making memories at Universal Studios – Hollywood and then spend the night in your rental RV near Topanga State Park.
Plan a cultural experience at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. Be transported to ancient Greece and Rome with fantastic artwork on display in the recreated first-century Roman villa. The villa has been transformed into a museum that displays J. Paul Getty’s antiquities collection that spans over 7,000 years of Roman and Greek history from the end of the Stone Age to the collapse of the Roman Empire.
Explore Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas. This state park is also in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers excellent hiking trails that meander through the 8,215 acres of the park. The natural rock pool is a great place to swim on those hot California days. Visitors can go fishing or bird watching. Bring along your mountain bike and conquer some of the 15 miles of trails. More adventurous visitors may want to try their hand at rock climbing.