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Los Angeles


California

Griffith Park

With over 4,107 acres (1.662 ha) of natural terrain covered with California oak trees, wild sage and manzanita, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park and urban wilderness area in the United States.

Situated in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains, the Park's elevations vary from 384 to 1,625 feet above sea level with climates ranging from semi-arid chaparral foothills to forested valley. Over the years, recreation attractions have been developed throughout the Park, however, an amazingly large portion remains virtually unchanged from the days Native American villages occupied the area's lower slopes.
A number of statues have been dedicated throughout Griffith Park.

A bust of actor James Dean.
The Griffith Observatory was a showcase location for the famed 1950s film, Rebel Without a Cause. The Astronomers' Monument, depicting six of the world's greatest astronomers was a 1930s WPA Federal Art Project sculpted by artists Archibald Garner, Gordon Newell, Djey el Djey, Roger Noble Burnham, George Stanley, and Arnold Forester. The picture above shows the monument from a distance.

Bust of Lief Ericson, a gift of the Los Angeles-Norwegian community, and the Berlin Bear statue (not shown) dedicated by the German consulate, a gift from Los Angeles' sister-city Berlin; both located in the Ferndell area.
The Spirit of the C.C.C., by Jim Brothers, after the original WPA-FAP sculpture by the same name sculpted by John Palo-Kangas, is a national monument honoring the Civilian Conservation Corp members who served from 1933-1942. This statue is located at the Travel Town Museum, the site of one of two former C.C.C. camp locations in Griffith Park. A larger-than-life statue of Colonel Griffith J. Griffith is located at the Los Feliz/Riverside entrance to the Park.

More information Griffith Park lies just west of the Golden State Freeway (I-5), roughly between Los Feliz Boulevard on the south and the Ventura Freeway (SR 134) on the north. Freeway off-ramps leading to the park from I-5 are Los Feliz Boulevard, Griffith Park (direct entry) and Zoo Drive. Approaching the park on SR 134 eastbound, take either the Forest Lawn Drive or Victory Boulevard offramps. From SR 134 westbound, take Zoo Drive or Forest Lawn Drive. After leaving freeways, follow the signs into the park.

Hours
Griffith Park is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Bridle trails, hiking paths, and mountain roads are closed at sunset.

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