Will Rogers State Historic Park is located on the Santa Monica mountains in Los Angeles. The park land originally belonged to Actor and humorist Will Rogers, the area became the state park in 1944, after the death of Mrs. Rogers. The Rogers family built a ranch house in the property that has 31 rooms. The grounds and the ranch house are maintained today in its original condition. The house has bedrooms, study rooms, library and the sun room, the grounds include an outdoor polo field. The ranch's guest house has now become the visitor center, and the garden lawns have renovated horse stables.
Things to Do
- Families must visit the historic park that highlight life of the celebrated actor, and the park offers many healthy recreational activities for the whole family. The park offers 186 acres of hiking trails. Families can visit the ranch house that displays exquisite furniture, living room, rugs and baskets.
- The visitor center features a film on the life of the actor, and other literature. There is a picnic area and a nature trail in the park premises. Families can have a free tour of the ranch house with a guide.
- The 2 mile loop trail is popular among the hikers. The inspirational point hiking trail gives great views of Santa Monica mountains and downtown Los Angeles.
- The ranch is a working ranch that features lots of horses and ponies and horses being trained. The polo grounds are beautiful and are used for holding polo matches every Sunday.
- The park has many spots for a family picnic. No food is sold in the park.
- You can get a map of the hiking trail from the gift shop.
Will Rogers State Historic Park Insider Tips
- Layered clothing is advised in fall and winter.
- Restrooms are available.
- Dogs must be on leash.
- Barbeques are not allowed.