Leo Carrillo State Park

UPDATE (June 12, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Leo Carrillo State Park:

What is open now?
  • Our South Beach and Staircase parking lots will be open from 8 a.m. to sunset to a limited capacity and we are only accepting payment by automated pay machines or our pay by phone app (https://www.passportparking.com). By using our app our guests will save $1 for all day parking. No cash transactions will be accepted.
  • Campground will open at limited capacity to maintain social distancing and avoid large group gatherings starting June 12. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. Walk-ins will NOT be allowed

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?

At this park:
  • Our campground and County Line parking lot will remain closed until further notice. Our North Beach Parking lot will also remain closed due to maintenance issues.
  • Filming continues to be canceled until further notice.
Statewide:
  • Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines? Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(805) 488-1827

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

Park Hours

Gate is locked from 10pm to 8am.
No entry after 10pm.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed in day-use areas, campground and North Beach (north of Lifeguard Tower 3). Dogs not allowed on backcountry trails or South Beach (south of Lifeguard Tower 3).

Driving Directions to Leo Carrillo SP

The park is located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1.)

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Leo Carrillo State Park has 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and beachcombing. The beach also has tidepools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park also features back-country hiking. 

Junior Rangers and campfire programs are offered during the summer. School field trips are offered durring the school year.   

The park was named after Leo Carrillo (1880-1961), actor, preservationist and conservationist. Leo Carrillo served on the California Beach and Parks commission for eighteen years, and was instrumental in the state's acquisition of the Hearst property at San Simeon. He was related by blood and marriage to a long line of distinguished original Californians. Leo's greatest fame came from his portrayal of Pancho, the sidekick to Duncan Renaldo's Cisco Kid, an early 1950's TV series.

Location: The park is located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1.)

Driving Directions:

  • Take the 101 freeway and exit at Kanan Road.
  • Go south onto Kanan Road.
  • Turn right onto Mulholland Highway.
  • Keep left to continue on Encinal Canyon Road.
  • Turn left to stay on Encinal Canyon Road.
  • Turn right onto CA-1 N, Pacific Coast Highway.
  • 2.3 miles down, the park entrance will be on your right.

Parking Fees:

  • All day – $12.00 per car, per day
  • 3 hrs – $9.00 per car
  • 2 hrs – $6.00 per car
  • 1 hr – $3.00 per car

Popular hikes and trails:

  • Leo Carrillo Beach Trail (moderate)
  • Yellow Hill Trail (easy)
  • Nicholas Flat Trail (hard)

Additional Visitor Services

  • Camping Adventures (Campsite equipment and set up)
  • LAZ Parking California, LLC (Maintain and manage parking lots)
  • Anthony and Annette Minicucci (Leo Carillo camp store)

Camping Information

Firewood Policy:  Burning firewood, Duraflame, and charcoal briquettes is allowed in the fire rings only when fire level permits.  Check the sign near the entrance kiosk for the day's fire level.

Showers:  The park has only token-operated showers. The token machines accept ONLY one dollar bills. Change for larger bills is not available at this time.

Electrical Hookup AMP details:  20 AMP, 30 AMP, 50 AMP (all 3 are present where hookups are)

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