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Leo Carrillo State Park

Contact Information

(310) 457-8143

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

Park Hours

Gate is locked from 10pm to 8am.
No entry after 10pm.

Driving Directions to Leo Carrillo SP

The park is located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1.)

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

CONSTRUTION ALERT: A project to  enhance endangered fish habitat, public beach access and water quality will close vehicle access  to the beach, all day-use parking, and the group campground  at Leo Carrillo State Park from August through October. Pedestrian access to the beach and individual camp site reservations will not be affected, and the camp store will be open.  Construction work hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, except holidays. California State Parks apologizes for any inconvenience.


For more information about the project, please click on Arroyo Sequit Creek Steelhead Barrier Removal Project under  ”Related Pages”  to your right.

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.  The Visitor Center has interpretive displays on tidepools and gray whales. School field trips are offered durring the school year.   

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

Location/Directions: The park is located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1.)

Please Note:  The park recently switched from coin-operated showers to token-operated showers. The token machines accept ONLY one dollar bills. Change for larger bills is not available at this time.

Come join us 10/31/15, 11/21/15, 12/19/15, 1/30/16, 2/27/16, and 3/26/16 at Leo Carrillo State Beach at 9:00am to restore habitat for steelhead trout. Arroyo Sequit Creek runs through Leo Carrillo and is one of the furthest south creeks used by the endangered fish. We will be restoring habitat by removing non-native invasive plants that degrade water quality.


All ages are welcome. You must register with the Mountains Resotoration Trust. Volunteers under the age of 18 must fill out and bring this form (, and volunteers under 16 must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


What to bring and register. Even though we'll be by the beach, it might be sunny so make sure to bring plenty of water and a snack. Long pants, long sleeves, hats, and hiking boots are highly recommended. For more information and to register, please visit


Available Activities and Facilities at Leo Carrillo State Park

En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible