"Sunset over foggy mountains, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, 2015." by U.S. National Park Service , public domain
National Park Service Sites
Peter Strauss Ranch
Brochure for the Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Peter Strauss Ranch National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Hollywood Retreat For nearly a century, people have enjoyed leisure and recreation at this site. Named for Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Strauss, this park delights nature lovers and intrigues history buffs. Oak woodlands, a seasonal creek, easy trails, a lawn area, and an amphitheater provide a wonderful location for visitors of all ages to have fun outdoors. Near the main house, you will discover an Italian terrazzo tile concert area (1939) where country legends Johnny Cash and Willie Information and Safety NATURAL AND CULTURAL FEATURES including rocks, plants, and animals are protected by law and may not be collected or disturbed. Do not climb on structures. Weapons, nets, and traps are not allowed in parklands. WATER that comes from streams is not safe to drink due to possible contamination or the presence of the giardia protozoan. FIRE is a year-round concern. During times of high fire danger, smoking and all fires are not permitted. TRAIL CLOSURES will be in effect during and following extreme weather or hazardous conditions. Peter Strauss Ranch Ranch House 30000 Mulholland Hwy Agoura Hills CA 91301 The main parking area is open from 8:00 AM – sunset. Visitors can access the park from the parking area by walking along a short connector trail. When Triunfo Creek is running high, please use the pedestrian path along Mulholland Hwy. Nelson performed in the 1950s. Also, you will see the relic of an enormous outdoor swimming pool with a small stage in the center. Recreational activities are still popular at Peter Strauss Ranch. The National Park Service hosts public programs, including Sunday concerts during the summer. Visitors may also reserve the site for private weddings, birthdays, retirement parties, and other special events. For information about reservations visit: www.nps.gov/samo PETS must be under control and on a leash, not to exceed 6 feet, at all times. Pick up after your pet. VEHICLES are restricted to designated roads and parking areas. PERMITS may be required for certain activities such as special and group events, filming and photography. For more info, contact the Office of Special Park Uses at 805-370-2308 or visit nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/permits.htm WASPS AND BEES are plentiful during the summer. Cover food and sweet beverages while picnicking. FOR MORE INFORMATION Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center 26876 Mulholland Hwy Calabasas CA 91302 805-370-2301 www.nps.gov/samo EMERGENCIES Call 911. For a ranger, call Angeles Dispatch at 661-723-3620. O TR North DR LE DA UT To Kanan Road PARKING LOT ENTRANCE FOOT ENTRANCE 0 k ree fo C Cactus garden Aviary HW Y RE FU L Radio House UL HO LL AN D M Ranch House 800 Feet 300 AV E Historic pool 100 Triun Tower CA Terrazzo Dance Floor Dam site Pete r Str a uss Tra il National Park Service land Water Trail Malibou Pri vate P roperty Lak eC on ne c Roads to r Tra il Pub li c Op e n S p a ce a nd T ra i l Ea s e me nt Bridge Gate Picnic area Amphitheater Parking Restrooms Telephone Drinking water Trail Information and Site Highlights Directions to main parking lot (open 8am to sunset): Ventura Freeway (101) to Kanan Rd exit. Go south on Kanan 2.8 miles. Turn left on Troutdale Dr to Mulholland Hwy. Left on Mulholland Hwy 400’ then right into the parking lot. l Easy n Moderate t Strenuous Peter Strauss Trail l 0.6 mile round trip— This pleasant trail is suited for the novice hiker. It traverses chaparral and oak riparian habitats. Watch out for poison oak. Lake Enchanto Dam Built in the 1940s, this dam created the centerpiece of “Lake Enchanto.” It was a popular spot for fishing, rowing, and swimming. The dam was breached in the late 1960s by severe flooding. Part of the dam structure still exists in the creek bed near the picnic area. Terrazzo Dance Floor/Patio Made in 1939 of Italian terrazzo with a pointed star to commemorate “Hollywood,” the patio was a popular place for Big Band concerts, dancing, and performances by popular musicians such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and the Mandrell Sisters. EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA™ Radio House Harry Miller purchased the property in 1923. Along with building the Ranch House, Miller also built the radio house for playing cards and listening to the radio. Swimming Pool Built in 1940, this was the largest pool on the West Coast. It had a capacity for 650,000 gallons of water and could accommodate up to 3,000 people. Parking Area The parking lot entrance is east of the pedestrian entrance. Parking lot is open 8am to sunset. Park and then walk across the bridge on Mulholland Hwy to the foot entrance. printed on 100% recycled paper