Will Rogers State Historic Park 1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd, Pacific Palisades, CA90272 Will Rogers State Historic Park sits on the land that was a ranch owned by actor, radio personality, columnist, humorist…More and philosopher Will Rogers. Rogers died in 1935, and after the death of his widow, Betty, in 1944, the land became a state park. The Rogers' ranch house stands on the property, and features a polo field where the Will Rogers Polo Club plays, and where various equestrian activities are held. Visitors can hike a moderate three-mile trail, as well as the Backbone Trail that leads into the Santa Monica Mountains. Tour arrangements can be made for schools and other groups on Thursdays and Fridays.
Temescal Gateway Park offers many recreational opportunities and acts as a gateway to Topanga State Park, Will Rogers…More State Historic Park, and the 20,000-acre "Big Wild" of the Santa Monica Mountains. The 141 acres of Temescal Gateway Park include easy-to-moderate trails for hiking, picnic tables, grassy areas, restrooms, a camp store, meeting rooms, an auditorium and classrooms. Other amenities and programs at the park include the Earth Adventure Camp for children, the Temescal Canyon Conference and Retreat Center and the Temescal Dining Hall for events. The park and facilities can be reserved for weddings and other events. Dogs must be leashed within the park. Special events and hikes are held at the park throughout the year.
Development of the park began as early as 1922, when Reverend Dr. Charles Holmes Scott developed the land for the Methodist Church as a West Coast center for the Chautauqua movement. In 1943, the Presbyterian Synod purchased the property for private retreats. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy purchased the property in 1994 to preserve the park as a public space. Temescal Gateway Park is managed by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, a local government and public entity established in 1985. The MRCA provides ranger services, fire prevention, scientific expertise and educational and youth leadership programs.