Leo Carrillo State Park
View from Leo Carrillo State Park's sea cave
Map showing the location of Leo Carrillo State Park
Map showing the location of Leo Carrillo State Park
Map showing the location of Leo Carrillo State Park
Map showing the location of Leo Carrillo State Park
LocationLos Angeles and Ventura Counties, California, United States
Nearest cityMalibu, California
Coordinates34°2′40″N 118°56′2″W / 34.04444°N 118.93389°W / 34.04444; -118.93389
Area2,513 acres (10.17 km2)
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation

Leo Carrillo State Park is a state park in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Situated along the Malibu coast, the park is a component of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. With 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of beach, the parkland stretches into the Santa Monica Mountains. The park has expanded into Ventura County and also includes management of County Line Beach.[1] California State Route 1 runs through the park, where it intersects with the western terminus of the Mulholland Highway. The 2,513-acre (1,017 ha) park was established in 1953.[2] It is named for actor and conservationist Leo Carrillo (1880–1961), who served on the State Parks commission.


Main article: Woolsey Fire

The Woolsey Fire was a destructive wildfire that started inland many miles away and raced through canyons and mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to the coastline. The fire ignited on November 8, 2018 and burned 96,949 acres (39,234 hectares) of land. The fire destroyed 1,643 structures,[3] killed three people, and prompted the evacuation of more than 295,000 people. It was one of several fires in California that ignited on the same day.[4][5]

The 2018 fire burned through almost the entire park. The equipment for the Junior Lifeguard program that was destroyed in the fire was replaced by a donation from a group of Australian surf lifeguard associations, led by the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club.[6] The campgrounds reopened after work crews spent seven months removing debris and cleaning up.[7]


Leo Carrillo State Park offers swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing, and beachcombing. Beachgoers can explore tide pools, sea caves, and reefs. Inland there is a campground and backcountry hiking trails.[1]

In popular culture

Actors such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, Nancy Sinatra, Dick Clark and other celebrities have been featured in films shot here.

In the popular 1970s TV show The Rockford Files, starring James Garner, it was the first season's opening scene of episode 1 (The Kirkoff Case) airing September 13, 1974.

It was featured in an episode of Huell Howser's TV series California's Golden Parks.[8]

During the final scenes of the Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" music video, Petty is seen carrying Kim Basinger through a cave before placing her in the water.

In Better Call Saul, it was featured in the final season during the opening of the episode “Point and Shoot”. This sequence is thus far the only scene from the “Breaking Bad” universe not to be shot in New Mexico.

In ‘’The Big Lebowski’’, it was mentioned by Walter Sobchak John Goodman during the eulogy of Theodore Donald Kerabatsos Steve Buscemi as one of the many places Donny surfed.

Other movies filmed here include:[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Leo Carrillo SP". California State Parks. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 26. Retrieved July 6, 2012. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Woolsey Fire Incident Update". Los Angeles County Fire Department. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Carlson, Cheri (August 24, 2016). "State park project underway to help endangered steelhead trout". Ventura County Star. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Cart, Julie (March 1, 2019). "California blooms again after last year's fires—but it's not all good". CALmatters. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Jackson, McKenzie (April 14, 2019). "Donated Lifeguard Equipment Coming from Australia to Malibu". Malibu Times. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Bermudez, Esmeralda (June 8, 2019). "Malibu's Leo Carrillo State Park reopens after devastating Woolsey fire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "California's Golden Parks with Huell Howser". California State Parks. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Medved, Harry and Bruce Akiyama. Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoer's Guide to Exploring Southern California's Great Outdoors. St. Martin’s Press. Pages 23-26. ISBN 9781429907170.
  10. ^ a b c Bible, Karie and Marc Wanamaker (2010). Location Filming in Los Angeles. Arcadia Publishing. Page 74. ISBN 9780738581323.
  11. ^ Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. Page 279. ISBN 9780786477623.
  12. ^ Verrier, Richard (October 2, 2013). "Leo Carrillo State Park to celebrate historical ties to Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Go On Location: The Best Film & TV Beach Locations in L.A." Discover Los Angeles. August 9, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  14. ^ Bertholdo, Stephanie (October 17, 2013). "Popular beach celebrates a sunny 60 years". Thousand Oaks Acorn. Retrieved December 10, 2018.