To Protect and Preserve

The mission of the City of Los Angeles Park Ranger Division is to enrich the lives of the residents of Los Angeles by providing safe, welcoming parks and recreation facilities for people of all ages to play, learn, contemplate, build a sense of community, and be good stewards of our environment. Park Rangers, through careful efforts, protect those who are using parks and protect park resources so that future generations may enjoy them.



Los Angeles City parks are open to the public from 5:00 am until 10:30 pm, unless otherwise posted. Several parks or designated areas have been authorized for sunset closure.  Some park facilities offer equestrian trails for riding horses.

Park space is usually available on a first-come, first-served basis for picnicking and other recreation opportunities, though in some instances a reservation may be required.  Please inquire directly to the facility of interest for information prior to your visit.

Park Rangers currently only provide service to Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, Elysian Park, Hansen Dam, Debs Park, and Harbor Regional Recreation Area.  



The Park Ranger Communications Center is located at Park Ranger Headquarters and can be contacted at 323-644-6661.  It is staffed from 6:45 am until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week, to provide callers with a central contact and dispatch center for routine and emergency needs.  After hours emergency calls are transferred to LAPD Security Services Communications.  The Communications Center can be contacted for:.


  • Any report of violence
  • Disturbances and crimes in progress
  • Illegal sports activities
  • Unleashed dogs and other animal problems
  • Trespassing
  • Lewd conduct
  • Information regarding things to do in Griffith Park
  • Schedule Interpretive Programs
  • Any problems or concerns may be reported anonymously

Any problem or concern may be reported anonymously.




Park Ranger Headquarters is located at the Griffith Park Visitor Center, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90027.  Stop by the Visitor Center for information regarding Griffith Park activities, attractions, and permits.  You may also call the Visitor Center Permit Office at (323) 644-2050, Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.



For information about a career with the Park Rangers, please refer to the City employment link provided below.  As hiring for positions periodically opens and closes, interest cards may be available, and those filing them will receive notification when a position opens.




Please refer to the directory located here.