Simi Valley is an incorporated city located in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, bordering the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the Greater Los Angeles Area. According to the United States Bureau of the Census estimate, the city had a total population of 118,687 in 2005.
Simi Valley is presently known as the home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It currently ranks as the seventh safest U.S. city with a population between 100,000 and 500,000 but has been ranked most safe in the same class in many and various prior years. The city operates its own police department, and contracts with the Ventura County Fire Department to provide fire protection services. Simi Valley has 20 city parks and five county parks to preserve large swaths of open space in the nearby Santa Susana Mountains, locally known as the “foothills”. The Volkswagen of America Design Center was once in an industrial complex across from the Costco wholesale club near Madera and Cochran.
Simi Valley’s Geography
Simi Valley is positioned 3 miles north of the city of Los Angeles’ Border community of Chatsworth and 40 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, 380 miles south of San Francisco, 160 miles north of San Diego, and 350 miles south of Sacramento. Commutes to Los Angeles are practically via the Ronald Reagan 118 Freeway or the Southern California Metrolink Commuter Train, which makes several daily trips from Simi Valley.
Simi Valley borders the Santa Susana Mountains to the north, Simi Hills to the east and south. Simi Valley is connected to the nearby San Fernando Valley by the Santa Susana Pass in the extreme east of Simi Valley.
Simi Valley’s Recreation
Simi Valley has 20 city parks and five county parks to preserve large swaths of open space in the nearby Santa Susana Mountains, locally known as the “foothills”. The city boasts six golf courses and the Kanan Ranch home development has nature trails for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians to enjoy. Two collegiate baseball teams: The Simi Valley Senators and the California Oaks of the California Collegiate League in Thousand Oaks, provide sports action to local fans.
To the East, Rocky Peak has a trail system for Mountain Biking, Hiking and Equestrian activities. The trail is accessed at Kuehner Road – The Hummingbird Trail, Rocky Peak Road – the main fire road or by the Chumash Trail. A technical downhill mountain bike run known as the G Spot can be accessed via the main fire road.
To the West, a number trails are accessible for Mountain Biking, Hiking and Equestrian activities. The main access point is at the intersection of Wood Ranch Parkway and Long Canyon Parkway. The trail system travels as far west as highway 23, as far east as the Rocketdyne facility and connects to the Lang Ranch trail system (Westlake Village) and Chesebro trail system which begins in Agoura Hills. Simi Peak is accessible from this trail system via China Flats in the Chesebro trail system. Ahmundson Ranch also connects to this trail system
Here are some interesting movie facts about Simi Valley:
The upcoming movie “Transformers 2” filmed scenes over summer in the parking lot of Simi Valley High School. Simi Valley and the surrounding hills have been the site of several television series, including the long running television series Gunsmoke and M*A*S*H. The delivery of the ransom money in The Big Lebowski shows a highway sign naming Simi Valley. The Brandeis-Bardin Institute’s House of the Book is the location of the original Power Ranger Power Chamber. In the 1984 film “Bachelor Party” starring Tom Hanks, the MANN 6 Movie Theater formerly located within the Sycamore Shopping Center was used for the movie theater scene. In the 1999 comedy Joe Dirt, the character found his long-lost parents in a trailer home park in Simi Valley (but on some versions, it was changed to Yucca Valley, California).