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Leo Carrillo State Park


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  • Lat/Lng

    34.06054, -118.93376
  • Size

    2487.25 acres

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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 during the school year.

The park was named after Leo Carrillo (1880-1961), actor, preservationist, and conservationist. Leo Carrillo served on the California Division of Beaches 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.

Good For
Motor Boating
Rv Camping
Tent Camping
Mountain Biking
Wildlife Watching
Scuba Diving

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

Leo Carrillo State Park offers over a mile of beach with all the typical shore activities, shaded campgrounds, and some back country hiking. The park is located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1). Phone 310-457-8143 for more information.

Canyon Campground: Seven campsites are generally accessible (#2, #4, #33, #47, #57, #79, and #119)- including parking and routes. Three combination restroom/shower buildings, dispersed throughout the campground, are generally accessible with adjacent parking. Distances from campsites to restrooms vary but routes are generally accessible.

Camp Store: Entry is accessible. Interior aisle width varies, but staff assistance is available. One designated accessible parking site is adjacent to the store.

The Nicolas Flat Trail Extension (AKA Camp 13 Trail) is accessible for approximately 0.7 mile. The trail, made of gravel and compacted soil, parallels the Canyon Campground and provides coastal views. Trailhead is near the campground entrance station and across from campsite #47. Generally accessible restrooms are located in the campground.

The Nicholas Pond Trail is accessible for approximately 0.6 mile. The trail, which is within the Nicholas Flat Natural Preserve, traverses through an oak chaparral, offers mountainous views, and terminates at Nicholas Pond. Accessible parking is available at the trailhead, which is located at the end of Decker School Road. There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

Beach/Shore Access: Beach wheelchairs are available to check out. Contact park staff upon entry into the park, or phone (310) 457-8143 for more information.

North Beach: This beach is accessed by following the park entrance road under Highway 1. Two accessible picnic sites overlooking the beach are available. Accessible parking and accessible portable restrooms are nearby. 

South Beach: This beach is accessed via the parking lot just past the park entrance station. Accessible parking and a portable restroom are available. The beach is a short distance from the parking lot, and is accessed via a route that crosses under Highway 1. The route from the parking lot to the beach is generally accessible.


Gate is locked from 10pm to 8am.

No entry after 10pm.


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

Camping Details

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)

Trailor Lengths: Trailer: 31 Feet Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet


Dogs on a leash are allowed in the Park's day use areas, campground and North Beach (north of lifeguard tower 3) only. Dogs are not allowed on backcountry trails or South Beach (south of lifeguard tower 3).