All mountain trails, park restrooms closed due to COVID-19

Marcel Gillet, roads and trails supervisor for the National Park Service hikes along the 4-mile –long Yerba Buena section of the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. (Photo by Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area reminded the public today that all trails and restrooms in Los Angeles County -- including those in its vast area -- are closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that park staff will only offer "very limited services" during this time.  

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The SMMNRA announced the closure of all its facilities on March 22, and on Friday Los Angeles County officials closed all beaches, piers, beach bike paths, beach access points, public trails and trailheads through April 19.  

"When the park resumes full operations, the public will be notified via the website and our social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)," SMMNRA officials said Saturday.

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"For updates regarding general NPS operations, visit

Park rangers SMMNRA are available to answer questions at 805-370-2301 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily."  

The SMMNRA is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. It is a unit of the National Park Service.

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