Los Encinos State Historic Park

EFFECTIVE (November 7, 2020) - 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. Los Encinos State Historic Park will be opening its ground only. The museum and tours will remain closed. Picnicking, gathering and barbequing will not be permitted at this time.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained from others, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Los Encinos State Historic Park:

What is open now?
  • Los Encinos Park Grounds

What is currently closed?
  • Museum
  • Picnic tables BBQs
  • Visitor center and tours.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. No more than three households in a group is permitted. Mixing between group gatherings, large gatherings or parties is not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • 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. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work 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. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(818) 784-4849

Park Hours

Wednesday to Sunday
10am to 5pm
(closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Closed on major holidays.

The Visitor Center in the Garnier Building is open for self-guided touring during regular park hours. The De la Ossa Adobe is available for free guided tours by appointment only.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes

Driving Directions to Los Encinos SHP

Take the 101 Ventura Freeway to the Balboa off ramp. Go South on Balboa to Moorpark--one block before Ventura Blvd. Turn left onto Moorpark and park on the street. There is no parking lot. Enter through the gate.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

No online brochures available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Adobe Ossa la center

Los Encinos State Historic Park, just northeast of the intersection of Balboa and Ventura Boulevards in Encino, California, was the hub of Rancho El Encino. Located in the San Fernando Valley, this California rancho includes the original eight-room de la Ossa Adobe, the two-story limestone Garnier building, a blacksmith shop, a natural spring, and a pond.

The Garnier Building: the current location of the Visitor Center.
The natural spring provided a year-round source of water for the ancient, autonomous, village of Siutcanga.  The village was home to Chumash, Tongva, and Tataviam people, who later were called "Fernandeños" by the Spanish due to the enslavement of these three groups to the San Fernando Mission.  An excellent description of this village was recorded as part of the 1769 Portola Expedition. This Spanish expedition reached the San Fernando Valley and named it “El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos” (The Valley of St. Catherine of Bononia of the Oaks).

Located along a significant travel route between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the property passed through many hands between the 1840s and the early 20th century. Today, the park contains exhibits related to the agricultural enterprises of Rancho El Encino’s various owners, including Mission Indian, Mexican Californio, French, and French Basque families.
blacksmithshop


Location-Directions
Take the 101 Ventura Freeway to the Balboa off ramp. Go south on Balboa to Moorpark Street--one block before Ventura Boulevard. Turn left onto Moorpark; the park will be further on the right.  Street parking only except for authorized vehicles and those parking in ADA designated areas.  Enter through the gate.

Historic Pond

The pond, constructed in 1874 by ranch owner Eugene Garnier, is fed by the natural spring that has attracted settlement in the area for thousands of years.

Park Activities

Guided tours of the De La Ossa adobe are offered Wednesday through Sunday by appointment. The adobe is also opened for self-guided tours pending staff. To ensure that a guided or self-guided tour is available during your visit it’s best to call ahead of time.

Interpretive school group programs aligned to California Education Content Standards are offered Wednesday- Friday.  Schools must make advance reservations at least two weeks in advance by calling the park at 818-784-4849 or emailing losencinos@parks.ca.gov.

Special events, such as “Haunted History” in October and “Victorian Day in the Park” in the spring are opportunities for visitors to join State Parks and the Los Encinos Docent Association in lively and fun filled days that highlight the historical significance of the park.  For information, please contact the park at 818-784-4849 or email losencinos@parks.ca.gov. You can also visit the Los Encinos Docent Association website at http://www.losencinos.org for information on upcoming events.

Additional Visitor Services

  • Lankershim Investment Properties, LLC dba Lakeside Café (Lakeside Café)

Volunteers

Become part of our Volunteers in Parks program and help protect and preserve your heritage!  We are seeking volunteers to assist with interpretive programs, special events and other special projects.  We invite you to share your special talents, passion and enthusiasm.  As a volunteer, you work with State Parks rangers and park staff, participate in outstanding learning opportunities, and gain experience which can help you when applying for all types of employment.  Contact park staff at: losencinos@parks.ca.gov

Special Event and Filming Permits

Los Encinos State Historic Park has a number of picnic areas available for day use. To reserve an area for a party, wedding, or other special event, or obtain more information about rules or fees, contact park staff at 818-784-4849 or email losencinos@parks.ca.gov.

If you would like to perform commercial or student filming or photography at the park, you need to obtain a filming permit from the State Park filming office: 818-880-0358.

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