Shaded by giant sycamores and located at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains, Canyon Campground can get pretty crowded, but for all the right...
A short drive from LA. I work at thousand oaks so it's not bad going after work. Avoid walk-in's on high temp weathers because that place will book quickly. I know "amateur" right? This place is very calming and plenty of space for day use.
There’s a great campground store which covers most of your normal needs, so it’s OK if you forget a little something.
Watch out for the classic rattlers and poison oak along the trail, but you should be fine as long as you keep an eye peeled
There are a lot of spigots...a lot...so yah...there’s a lot of faucets...stay hydrated people!
Great week night camp site. Leo Carillo has one of the few dog friendly beaches in Los Angeles County. The creek is home to endangered steelhead so keep your dog and fishing poles OUT. If you play in the creek don't build rock walls as they can prevent fish from accessing the creek.
Archaeologists believe that the Chumash people, superb artisans who excelled at basketry and elaborate rock art, lived in the area as long ago as 6,000 B.C.E. They enjoyed playing games, singing, dancing and trading with other tribes. Their plank boats carried them to the Channel Islands to trade, fish and gather mussels and abalone. In the late 1700s, Spaniards settled the area, forcing dramatic changes on the Chumash and their way of life. Native American labor built Mission San Buenaventura, but the regimented mission life and the effects of European diseases took a toll on the Chumash. After inhabiting this land for thousands of years, they had nearly disappeared by 1920. Today many Chumash descendants still celebrate and share their vibrant cultural traditions.
Leo Carrillo State Park is named after a star of Broadway, television and film. Descended from prominent early California families—his great-grandfather was Carlos Antonio de Jesus Carrillo, a governor of California in the last years of Mexican rule—Mr. Carrillo’s talent lay in entertainment. He began as a vaudeville comedian; his prolific film career lasted from the late 1920s well into the 1960s. One of his more recognizable roles was the comic sidekick in the television series “The Cisco Kid.” Leo Carrillo served 14 years on the State Beaches and Parks Commission; he was instrumental in the state’s acquisition of much of the property between Malibu Lagoon and Point Mugu, including the area named after him.