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Los Encinos State Historic Park

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    5.49 acres

Contact Information

Description

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 Osa Adobe, the two-story limestone Garnier building, a blacksmith shop, a natural spring, and a pond.

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 Native American, Mexican Californio, French, and French Basque families.

Allowed Activities
Picnicking
Sightseeing
Dog Walking
Walking
Birdwatching
Guided Tours
Good For
Families
Dogs
Wheelchairs
Rules & Regulation
Dogs On Leash
No Biking
Pack Out Dog Waste

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

Picnic Area Gaggle Grove: An accessible picnic site, adjacent accessible parking and restroom are available.

Exhibits/Programs De la Osa Adobe: The adobe is generally accessible. An accessible restroom and one accessible parking space are nearby. No other onsite parking is available.

Garnier Visitor Center: Garnier Visitor Center is accessible. 

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: Karina.Licon@parks.ca.gov

Special Events and Filming Permits

Los Encinos State Historic Park has a number of picnic areas available for day use. To reserve a group picnic area, or obtain more information about rules or fees, contact park staff at 818-784-4849 or email Karina.Licon@parks.ca.gov. For special events in the park, email WRSHP.Events@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.

Park Location - Directions

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

Two hour street parking available along Moorpark Street, follow street parking signs. Metered parking available along La Maida Street between Ventura Blvd. and Moorpark Street.  Accessible disabled parking spot located on grounds, near restrooms (must display placard).

Park Hours

Park Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Closed on major holidays.

Open: 

    • Park Grounds 
    • Picnic Tables
    • De La Osa Adobe for self-guided tours with appointment or based on staff availability 

    Closed: 

    • Visitor Center in Garnier Building
    • Blacksmith Shop 
    • In Person Guided Tours 

    Activities

    Self-guided tours of the De La Osa adobe are offered Wednesday through Sunday by appointment. The adobe is also opened for self-guided tours pending staff availability . 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 Karina.Licon@parks.ca.gov.

    Special events 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 Karina.Licon@parks.ca.gov. You can also visit the Los Encinos Docent Association website at http://www.losencinos.org for information on upcoming events.