Point Mugu State Park

With more than 70 miles of hiking trails, a State Wilderness Area, two river canyons, the picturesque Boney Mountains, camping, picnicking, beaches, bluffs, sand dunes, stunning views and five miles of shoreline, Point Mugu State Park is filled with things to do and see. There are many great hikes, including Mugu Peak Extended Loop Trail, Serrrano Canyon Trail,  Big Sycamore Canyon Trail, and Ray Miller Backbone Trail. Other great recreational opportunities include mountain biking, horseback riding, windsurfing, surfing, snorkeling, sand dune exploring, and enjoying the peace and beauty of designated wilderness (the Boney Mountain State Wilderness Area).

Throughout the park there are excellent opportunities for wildlife and plant viewing, from Blainville’s Horned Lizards to Bald Eagles, and even Grey whales. In spring, the canyons are filled with colorful arrays of wildflower, including Humboldt lilies.

Closer to Santa Barbara County than Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and often less crowded, Point Mugu is a terrific destination, providing wonderfully diverse experiences. Enjoy!



9000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu

Managed By

California State Parks

Distance from UCSB

57 mi

How To Get There

Drive, Bike (long)

Things To Do

Beach Activities, BBQ, Biking (mountain), Birdwatching, Camping, Hiking, Historic/Cultural Interest, Horseback Riding, Other Recreational Activities (Surf Fishing, Windsurfing), Picnicking, Relaxing, Running (trail), Surfing, Swimming, Viewing, Walking, Watchable Wildlife

Fun Facts

“Magu” likely comes from the Chumash word for beach – “Muwu.” The Chumash village of Muwu was a ceremonial center.

Other Information

The website iNaturalist has a great plant and animal checklist, with photographs, for Point Magu State Park. 
Camping reservations are recommended, but there are also first-come-first-served camping areas and hike or bike campsites.

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Nearby Public Lands Worth Visiting

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which is one of the featured destinations on this website.

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