The SMMNRA began life just as federal money for land acquisitions dried up.
Even the SMMNRA's financial prospects look brighter.
But the ranch is arguably the SMMNRA's most spectacular chunk of land.
For more activities in the SMMNRA, get the free calendar Springtime in the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore-1989 by visiting or calling SMMNRA headquarters, 22900 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills; (818) 888-3770.
Three state parks and nine state beaches lie within SMMNRA. Point Mugu, Malibu Creek, and Topanga parks offer particularly good hiking.