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Calabasas, CA Travel, Photos Information and News

Located only 10 miles east of the beaches of Malibu, Calabasas in Los Angeles County is blocked from receiving those gently cooling Pacific Ocean breezes because of the Santa Monica mountains, the only mountains in the U.S. that traverse the landscape in an east-west direction.

 The area in which Calabasas is located is also part of the Rim of the Valley Corridor mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo Valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. This corridor was under study by National Parks Service for consideration and special designation.

Summers in Calabasas range around 90 degrees or hotter, and winters are mild, providing typical Southern California mellow weather. Calabasas is located directly off busy Interstate 101, and is a popular road stop for travelers, though its location is ideal for commuting to jobs both in L.A. and in Ventura County.

Calabasas is located along Highway 101 north of Los Angeles in beautiful rolling hills that lead to a fantastic drive through the Santa Monica Mountains toward Pepperdine University and the Pacific Ocean.

According to the City of Calabasas, the name of the city means pumpkin, squash, or gourd, derived from the Spanish "calabaza". Some historians say it is actually a translation of the Chumash word "calahoosa" that also refers to a type of gourd. Every October, the City of Calabasas and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce hosts a "Pumpkin Festival" to celebrate fall, the local wares and talents of Calabasas merchants, and of course, the pumpkin for which our colorful city was named. The event is held at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas, which itself, was named for the Spanish explorer commemorated in a national trail that traces his arrival (originating in Baja Mexico) and travels from Arizona to San Francisco in 1775-1776.

The City's official logo, depicting the red-tailed hawk flying over the Santa Monica Mountains, symbolizes a commitment to preserving the community's natural beauty and semi-rural quality of life. Yet Calabasas, like most cities outside Los Angeles, is growing

Things to do:

Ride a bike - the City has been working on a master plan for bicycle riding in Calabasas.

Calabasas Theatre Company - In 2010 a community theater group formed to provide live stage entertainment and plays. Appearances are held at Calabasas Library Amphitheatre, 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302. Tel: (818) 436-0530.

Calabasas Classics 5K/10K Runs.

Calabasas Charity Tennis Classic - Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center 23400 Park Sorrento, Calabasas, CA 91302 for details call: (818) 222-2782

Headwaters Corner Interpretive Center - includes an interpretive trail and a house dating back to homesteading times and a year round stream. The Center offers weekend educational programs, special events and restoration activities. Across from the Center on Mulholland Highway is Wild Walnut Park with hiking trails and picnic benches. 3815 Old Topanga Road, Calabasas. (818) 591-1701

Malibu Creek State Park - One of the most scenic parks in the California State Park system, Malibu Creek State Park was the filming site of the M*A*S*H television series and Planet of Apes movie. Comprised of 4,000 acres with a waterfall and 15-mile stream, visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, horse trails, mountain bike trails and a campground. The visitor center is open on weekends. 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas (818) 880-0367

Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Visitor Center - provides information on outdoor recreation offered in the Santa Monica Mountains national and state parks and conservancy parklands. Maps, books and gift items are available for purchase. Horseback riding, back packing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and outdoor nature programs are some things you can enjoy here. 401 Hillcrest Avenue, Thousand Oaks (805) 370-2301

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