Introduction to Moorpark, California
Moorpark, California, in Ventura county, is 5 miles W of Simi Valley, California (center to center) and 39 miles NW of Los Angeles, California. The Arroyo Simi River flows through the municipality. The section located north of the river is much older than the rest of the city. The Peach Hill and Mountain Meadows neighborhoods include a large portion of the population. The Campus Park area contains Moorpark College and is regarded as one of the more upscale districts. The city is bordered by state protected green spaces.
The Chumash were the initial inhabitants. The region was included in the Rancho Simi land grant. Moorpark was established in 1887 by Robert W. Poindexter. The city experienced significant growth after the tunnel created in the Santa Ana Mountains was completed. The tunnel allowed the Southern Pacific Railroad to construct a depot in the city. In 1963 Moorpark College was established.
- Old Town Moorpark is an historic area and includes numerous shops and restaurants.
- Country Days.
- American Civil War battle reenactments.
- Apricot Festival is a popular event.
Nearby attractions include the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Getty Museum, Ventura Harbor and the region's wineries. The Stagecoach Inn Museum in Simi Valley is a notable attraction.
Happy Camp Canyon Regional Park is nearby. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the region's Angeles National Forest, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park and the Los Padres National Forest. Disneyland is approximately 75 miles away. The popular city of Santa Barbara is nearby.
Amtrak Intercity and Metrolink commuter rail serve the municipality. The Moorpark City Transit offers bus transportation.