Pío Pico State Historic Park

Update (May 10, 2021): As State Parks increases access to the State Park System, it is critical that Californians continue to recreate responsibly in the outdoors as the pandemic is far from over. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open.

Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.

What is open now?
  • Park grounds
  • Museum for self-guided tours
  • Picnic tables and BBQs

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • Group tours.

Statewide:
  • Some park units and campground sites continue to be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, impacts from wildfires or other issues. Please visit the webpage of your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open.
  • Some high public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Some special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:

  • Plan Ahead
    • The ongoing pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of your outdoor destination you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.
    • Learn what safety precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
  • Stay Safer at Six Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. If there are too many people to maintain the required physical distance, please visit us on a different day. 
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
  • Keep Clean: Be prepared as not all services may be available. Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.

Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.

California State Parks continues to work with local and state officials 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. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(562) 695-1217

Park Hours

Historic Adobe Hours:
Thursdays and Fridays: 10am-3:00pm
Saturday; 10am-3:30pm
Sunday: 10am-3:30pm

Park Hours:
Thursday and Friday:9:30am-3:20pm 
Saturday: 9:30am-4pm
Sunday: 9:30am-4pm

Closed on all major holidays: New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes

Driving Directions to Pío Pico SHP

The park is located in Whittier, west of the 605 freeway at Pioneer and Whittier Boulevards.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

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

Welcome to Pio Pico SHP

Pio Pico State Historic Park Whittier, CA El Ranchito, construction completed in 1854 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Pío de Jesus Pico is one of California’s most remarkable historical figures.  He witnessed, shaped and influenced nearly a century of California history in the 1800’s. Pío Pico was the governor of California in 1832 and again in 1846 before and during the Mexican-American War.  His adobe home at “El Ranchito” has been completely restored to how it appeared in the 1880’s letting visitors experience and celebrate his life and times.  Born at the San Gabriel mission in 1801, his ancestry included a mixture of Spanish, African, Indian and Italian, and he lived in a time when the Spanish, Mexican and American flags flew over California.  Former Governor Pico began to build his home here in about 1848, and it has seen several changes over the last 150 years.  The “little ranch” and adobe home at Pio Pico State Historic Park is now surrounded by the communities of Whittier and Pico Rivera east of Los Angeles. Much has changed since Pico’s time, but for local and state-wide history, Pío Pico State Historic Park is a shining gem and testament to life in early California. Volunteers keep this fascinating heritage alive by preserving and protecting it with learning opportunities and service projects.

Site Overview

The five acre park encompasses historic gardens and the beautiful restored adobe home of  Pío Pico.  It is registered as California Historic Landmark NO. 127.  A bell marks the original El Camino Real, which passed directly in front of the park during Pío Pico’s time. The park was once part of  Pío Pico’s 9,000 acre ranch, Rancho Paso de Bartolo.  Visitors can enjoy the park with picnics, bird watching and exploring the parks features including; a fifteen room adobe with interpretive displays, an horno (bread oven), and a dovecote.  The park is located near the entrance to the Greenway Bike Trail.

Location/Directions

The park is located at 6003 Pioneer Boulevard in the city of Whittier, just west of the 605 freeway.

Accessibility

The adobe home is accessible for visitors with mobility impairments.

Park Activities

Guided tours of the adobe are offered by appointment only except on weekends.  Groups of 10 or more need to reserve ahead of time. 

Interpretive school group programs aligned to California Education Content Standards are offered on Thursdays and Fridays.  Guided programs are limited to 40 students, and self-guided programs are limited to 60 students.  Schools must make advance reservations by calling the park at 562-695-1217 or emailing piopico@parks.ca.gov.

Volunteers

Become part of our Volunteers in Parks program to 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.  Being a volunteer, you work with State Parks rangers and park staff, participate in outstanding learning opportunities, and volunteer experience helps you when applying for all types of employment.  Contact park staff at: piopico@parks.ca.gov.

Special Event and Filming Permits

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.

If you would like to hold an event at the park, please contact the special event coordinator at 310-441-9183 or email larry.fulmer@parks.ca.gov for permitting requirements and fees.