Leo Carrillo State Park
|Leo Carrillo State Park|
View from Leo Carrillo State Park's sea cave
|Location||Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, California, USA|
|Nearest city||Malibu, California|
|Area||2,513 acres (10.17 km2)|
|Governing body||California 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. 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. It is named for actor and conservationist Leo Carrillo (1881–1961), who served on the State Parks commission.
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, 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.
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. The campgrounds reopened after work crews spent seven months removing debris and cleaning up.
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.
In popular culture
Actors such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, Nancy Sinatra, Dick Clark and other celebrities have been featured in films shot here.
Other movies filmed here include:
- Gidget (1959)
- Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
- Grease (1978)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
- 50 First Dates (2004)
- Psycho Beach Party (2000)
- The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
- The Usual Suspects (1995)
- Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
- Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
- Monster From The Surf (1965)
- Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
- The Craft (1996).
- That Thing You Do! (1996)
- Cast Away (2000)
- Orange County (2002)
- She's All That (1999)
- The Karate Kid (1984)
- Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
- Slave Girl (1947)
- Trader Tom of the China Seas (1954)
- Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1957)
- Furious 7 (2015)
- The Mentalist (2008–2015)
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