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 reasons! With 135 family sites to accommodate the masses, this site offers all the amenities ranging from coin-operated hot showers to solid public restrooms. You can find some hike-and-bike campsites right off of campsite #1 while the major group campground near the back accommodates around 50 people! (Book this one way in advance, though, its a keeper.) The beach is in walking distance with great hikes surrounding the sites, so you can find greatness just steps away! The sites are fairly close together though, so this isn’t the best campground to go to if you’re camping to get away from it all.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
130 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Leo Carrillo offers its fair share of biking trails where you can get down n dirty and shred the surrounding hills. A list of t...Read more


Fishing is another option available, and assuming you’ve snagged your CA Fishing License (and are above 16), then the plentif...Read more


While on your visit, take a quick escape from the campground on one of the surrounding hikes that encompass the sites. Ranging ...Read more

Wind sports

Following the trend of all dem water activities, Leo Carrillo State Park offers great kiteboarding and windsurfing options for ...Read more


With a great break and long rides possible, Leo Carrillo is a local front runner. Beware of some territorial locals as well as ...Read more


It may be rocky, but that can never dampen a swimmer’s spirit! Well yah, while it is rocky, visitors love to take the beaches a...Read more

Wildlife watching

Head out to Leo Carrillo during prime whale watching season (April & May) as the gray whales return north. If watching thes...Read more


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Hipcamper Anna
Anna T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 28th, 2015

Great place to take a break - not exactly super secluded, but a short drive from LA and the tide pools were filled with incredibly cool purple sea slugs and hermit crabs!

Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 14th, 2015

The campsite can be a little bit cramped; however, there's one spot at the end of the cul de sac as you drive in that offers extra space if you can snag it!

Falling asleep in the sand and to the sound of the waves makes for a nice weekend getaway.
Hipcamper Ivan
Ivan R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 15th, 2015

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.

Leo Carrillo Beach sideLeo Carrillo Beach side. very quiet and calm
Hipcamper Peter
Peter G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 12th, 2015

One of my favorite easy trips with family and friends. Must book 6 months ahead in season, unless there is an unlikely cancellation. Rare, but I have been lucky enough to get a few this way by showing up early and asking the ranger.

Hipcamper Kamilah
Kamilah C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 23rd, 2016

Pretty cool site to get away from the city and have a 2-fer beach day. The $60 sites are powered.
Was able to get a site as a walk up.
NOT secluded. Lots of families and kids and the campsites abut each other.
Walking distance to dog friendly beach is a plus.

Hipcamper Stacie
Stacie S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 7th, 2017

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.

Hipcamper Stephanie
Stephanie W.
recommends this listing.
May 10th, 2017

Camping neighbors can be loud and messy with the bathrooms.

Hipcamper John
John S.
recommends this listing.
July 29th, 2017

Always fun, especially on a south swell and close enough to the LA for easy access. Some good hikes, but on the crowded side.

Hipcamper Evanne
Evanne G.
recommends this listing.
September 18th, 2017

Book way, way in advance.

Leo Carrillo State Park
United States
Phone Number
(310) 457-8143
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34.052° N, 118.934° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Group: 1 Site
(Up to 50 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 129 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)

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