Paramount Ranch came into existence in the golden era of movie making. When Paramount Pictures leased the ranch in 1923, it became the backdrop for hundreds of film and television programs. From productions such as The Lone Rider in 1930 to the recent Westworld on HBO. Currently the ranch is open to the public, a free park that you can explore, sometimes even while filming is taking place.
The Ranch is a unique cowboy town that has everything from abandoned buildings to a fake train station and jail. While you cannot enter any of the buildings, you are more than welcome to walk the two long dirt streets and imagine all the old classic cowboy movies that were filmed here. And as you stroll through the scenic western town, you can stop to enjoy a shaded picnic area for lunch.
This cinematic history of the ranch is now preserved by the National Park Service as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The National Parks Service took ownership of the ranch in the 1980s and still permits filming in the park today.
Paramount Ranch offers several miles of easy to moderate scenic hikes through chaparral, riparian, and valley oak savannah plant communities. Equestrians and mountain bikers may access these trails as well. It's the perfect day trip for the native Californian or tourist to explore.