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Rancho La Brea

Rancho La Brea
Rancho La Brea

Rancho La Brea is the site of the world-famous natural asphalt tar pits in which Pleistocene animals became entrapped in their quest for fresh water. It is recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world.

Location: Los Angeles County, CA

Year designated: 1964

Acres: 24

Ownership: Municipal

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Last Updated: June 28, 2012