Will Rogers State Historic Park

UPDATE (July 14, 2020) - 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.

As such, State Parks continues to ask visitors to plan ahead, avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. This means no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. Full details on the guidelines are available at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Will Rogers State Historic Park:

What is open now?
Will Rogers State Historic Park is open from dawn to dusk to active recreation with restrictions in place to encourage social distancing and reduce group gatherings.
  • Very limited parking is now available to the public.
  • No transactions at entrance station. APM or Pay by Phone only. District will continue to offer $1.00 off for all-day pass through the Pay by Phone App (https://www.passportparking.com).
  • Trails - all active recreation will be permitted such as hiking, running, mountain biking, bird watching, and equestrian use rules and regulations are now posted at all trailheads and will continue to be enforced.
  • Only restrooms in the proximity of the parking lots will be available.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • Visitor Center and Ranch House. 
  • BBQ’s, picnic tables, and benches.
  • Polo Felds
  • Backcountry restrooms
  • Some 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

(310) 230-2017

Park Hours

Open daily, including holidays
Parking lot open 8:00am - Sunset
Parking Fee: $12.00 per car
Seniors Parking: $11.00 per car
Large Bus (25 - 100): $125.00
Small Bus (10 - 24 or fewer): $50.00

House tours are given on the hour
Thursday  and Friday       11-3
Saturday and Sunday      10-4

Ranger Enforcement Line

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed in historic zone (but not on house tours) and Inspiration loop. Dogs not allowed on Backbone, Temescal or Rustic Canyon Trails. In short, dogs not allowed anywhere that leads out of park.

Driving Directions to Will Rogers SHP

The park is located off Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades at 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available

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Will Rogers

By the mid-1930s, Will Rogers was one of the most popular and highest paid actors in Hollywood and "America's most beloved citizen."  From his start in vaudeville theater with a trick roping act, he rose to world-wide fame as a columnist, "cowboy philosopher", aviation enthusiast, philanthropist, radio personality, and movie star. During the 1920s, he bought land in Santa Monica, where he developed a ranch.  Eventually, Will Rogers owned about 359 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in what is now known as the Pacific Palisades.

The ranch became the place where Will Rogers could relax with his family and friends, pursuing his favorite pastimes of riding and roping.  At his untimely death in a plane crash in 1935, Will Rogers's ranch consisted of a 31-room ranch house with neighboring guest housing, a stable, corrals, riding ring, roping arena, polo field, golf course, and riding trails.  His widow, Betty, donated the ranch to California State Parks in 1944 and it became a state historic park.


Will Rogers Historic Stable


Ranch House Tours

On Thursdays and Fridays, we offer public tours of Will’s ranch house every hour on the hour from 11a.m. to 3p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays every hour on the hour from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Tours meet in front of the Ranch house. Will’s ranch house is accessible only through guided tours. There is no charge for the ranch house tour. No preregistration is needed to take one of the tours unless your tour group is 15 or more people.  They are offered on a first come, first served basis. Tour groups of 15 or more people must make a private tour reservation. Email WRSHP.Events@parks.ca.gov for more info. 

Hiking Trails

Hikers can enjoy a moderate 2-mile loop to and from Inspiration Point. The Rivas Canyon Trail also provides a moderate 2.1 mile hike to Temescal Gateway Park.  Adventurous hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can tackle the Backbone Trail National Trail into the Santa Monica Mountains, which can take you 70 miles all the way to Point Mugu. Free trail maps of Will Rogers SHP trails are at the stand near the visitor’s center and in the park office.

Horse Riding Lessons & Trail Rides

Westside Riding School is open for riding lessons at the park everyday except Mondays. Horseback riding lessons are open to both children and adults. To schedule lessons, please visit our Horseback Riding Lessons Information Page .

Will Rogers Trail Rides provides guided trail rides on safe, reliable horses on the beautiful trails of Will Rogers State Historic Park. You will experience the park in the way Will Rogers loved to experience it, on horseback. Will Rogers guided trail rides are available Tuesday through Friday. You can book a private guided ride by visiting http://www.willrogerstrailrides.com.

Equestrian visitors are welcome to bring their horses to the park for day-use to enjoy the riding and roping arena, Sarah's Point, and the trail to Inspiration Point.


The picnic area above the polo field provides picnic tables and barbecue grills and is available on a first come, first served basis. Some modest picnicking (no chairs, tables, catering, jumpers, etc.) is also permitted on the front lawn of the ranch house.  If you would like to set aside a section of the picnic area or upper ranch house lawn to ensure its availability for your group’s use, or if your group numbers 25+ people, you need the picnic reservation form. Call (310) 230-2023 or email WRSHP.Events@parks.ca.gov.

Polo Games 

Polo games are held every weekend, except Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day, from May to mid-October.  The Polo field at Will Rogers SHP is just one of the park’s many wonderful features. The grass covered expanse is 20 yards shorter and a few yards narrower than a regulation polo field and is carefully maintained by park staff.  It is the last grass, public, outdoor polo field in Los Angeles County. The Will Rogers Polo Club carries on Will’s enjoyment of polo by using the field for their matches during their annual Polo Season. Matches are free to the public to watch (you still need to pay the vehicle parking fee) and played on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays form 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit their website at http://willrogerspolo.org .

Visitor Center

The visitor’s center is located in the garage of the guest cottage next to the ranch house. Displays showcase Will Roger’s story and the development of his sprawling California ranch. A brief, 10- minute video depicts the life and times of Will Rogers and includes excerpts of his speeches and slow motion footage of his unmatched roping skills from the 1922 silent film Ropin’ Fool.

Movies In The Park

Hollywood comes back to the home of one of its earliest movie stars. The evening kicks off with free tours of Will Roger's Ranch Home, a preshow band and gourmet food trucks. Bring your family and friends, a favorite lawn chair or blanket, maybe dress as your favorite movie character and enjoy the movie outdoors on Will’s front lawn. For more info visit: www.streetfoodcinema.com .

Special Events

A special event permit is required whenever an onsite caterer, vendor, paid staff member of any variety is used, or when the group event. The special event application is available upon request. Special events must be scheduled six weeks in advance and require superintendent approval. If you would like to hold an event at the park, please contact the Special Events & Picnic Reservations Coordinator at (310) 230-2023 or e-mail WRSHP.Events@parks.ca.gov .

Filming Permits
All varieties of commercial filming, student filming, or photography beyond point and shoot require a permit.  Film permits are issued through the State Park Film Office at (818) 880-0358.

Social Feed

Keep up to date on events at the park and post pictures of your adventures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willrogersshp 


Dogs are permitted at Will Rogers State Historic Park.  Dogs must be on a leash of no more than six feet in length and under the direct control of their owner at all times while in the park.  Owners will be asked to remove their dog from the park if they are unable to control it.  Dogs are not allowed on the Backbone trail or in the adjoining Topanga State Park, but are allowed on the Rivas Canyon Trail leading to and from Temescal Gateway Park.