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
Location Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, California, USA
Nearest city Malibu, California
Coordinates 34°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
Area 2,513 acres (1,017 ha)
Established 1953
Governing body California 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 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 shady campground and backcountry hiking trails.[1]

In media[edit]

Leo Carillo Beach has been a popular location for photographers and movies. Movies filmed there include Gidget, Grease, 1984's The Karate Kid, The Craft, Point Break, The Usual Suspects, Inception, and Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus.[citation needed]

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.[3] the beach and cave were featured in the 1959 film"Journey to the center of the earth"...(the ocean at the earth's center) ref..IMDB

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  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. ^ "California's Golden Parks with Huell Howser". California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 

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