Los Angeles City parks are open to the public from 5 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., unless otherwise posted. Several parks or designated areas have been authorized for sunset closure. Some park facilities offer equestrian trails for riding horses. Park space is usually available on a first-come, first-served basis for picnicking and other recreation opportunities, though in some instances a reservation may be required. Please inquire directly to the facility of interest for information prior to your visit. Park rangers currently only provide service to Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, Elysian Park, Hansen Dam, Debs Park, and Harbor Regional Recreation Area.
With over 4,210 acres of both natural chapparal-covered terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas, Griffith Park is one of the largest municipal parks with urban wilderness areas in the United States.
Elysian Park is the city’s oldest public park and, at 575 acres, the second largest after Griffith Park. It is home to numerous historic sites, including the Los Angeles Police Academy and Barlow Hospital, that are linked by miles of walking trails.
An icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy and a beloved civic gathering place, Griffith Observatory is one of Southern California’s most popular attractions.
Lake Hollywood Park grants you a view of the Hollywood Sign from below. It is an excellent place to take a picnic lunch and socialize with the local dog owners while you admire the renowned landmark.
Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park’s Machado Lake is home to over 300 separate species of migratory birds. The lake is part of the natural water habitat of Southern California for native animals and plants.
The extensive day-use facilities at this site in the San Fernando Valley include golf, riding stables and Hansen Dam Aquatic Center, a 40-acre water recreation facility with a 9-acre recreation lake and a 1.5-acre swimming lake.
Point Fermin Park offers a stunning view of the coast toward Santa Catalina Island, making it a perfect site for picnics or a relaxing stroll. The park also features sheltered pergolas, colorful gardens and a promenade along the edge of the palisade.
Mile-long Cabrillo Beach is a popular destination for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and volleyball. Visitors can also take windsurfing lessons, go whale watching and enjoy the calming views of the ocean sea.
Echo Park is an iconic landmark that serves as a natural haven and one-of-a-kind community hub. Visitors can take in the local art scene, cruise across the water and enjoy countless local events at the park.
A 160-acre park located in Hollywood at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, Runyon Canyon Park is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Los Angeles.
The iconic Greek Theater is an outdoor amphitheater carved along the hillside of Griffith Park. While listening to some amazing live music, the majestic canyons serve as a beautiful backdrop.
Known as one of Hollywood’s favorite filming locations, the Bronson Caves were man-made in the early 1900s, and offer an easy hiking trail with more strenuous extensions available.
A welcome oasis within an urban setting, the Sepulveda Basin is surrounded by mountains, rivers and streams. It serves not only as a restored natural habitat for wildlife but as a living laboratory for all to enjoy.