Leo Carrillo State Park

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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, USA
Nearest cityMalibu, California
Coordinates34°2′40″N 118°56′2″W / 34.04444°N 118.93389°W / 34.04444; -118.93389Coordinates: 34°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 of California, United States, and a component of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area preserving 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of beach along the Malibu Coast at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains.[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 (1881–1961), who served on the State Parks commission.


Leo Carrillo State Park offers swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing, and beachcombing. Beachgoers can explore tide pools, sea caves, and reefs. Away from shore there is a campground and backcountry hiking trails.[1][3]

In media[edit]

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.[4]

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

Other movies filmed here include:[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Leo Carrillo SP". California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 26. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. ^ Carlson, Cheri (24 August 2016). "State park project underway to help endangered steelhead trout". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  4. ^ "California's Golden Parks with Huell Howser". California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b c Bible, Karie and Marc Wanamaker (2010). Location Filming in Los Angeles. Arcadia Publishing. Page 74. ISBN 9780738581323.
  7. ^ Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. Page 279. ISBN 9780786477623.
  8. ^ Verrier, Richard (October 2, 2013). "Leo Carrillo State Park to celebrate historical ties to Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Go On Location: The Best Film & TV Beach Locations in L.A." Discover Los Angeles. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ Bertholdo, Stephanie (October 17, 2013). "Popular beach celebrates a sunny 60 years". Thousand Oaks Acorn. Retrieved 10 December 2018.

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