Hidden in a canyon and surrounded by homes is Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch. This former working ranchero was once owned by actor Leo Carrillo. The ranch was restored by the city of Carlsbad to look much as it did over a century ago.
Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch is a 27-acre historic park with hand-crafted adobe buildings, windmills, and many other historic structures. When you drive down the twisting road to the ranch, you take a trip back in time to the early Rancho days of Southern California.
One of the first things you notice and hear when you enter the park is the sound of peacocks that inhabit the valley in large numbers. These beautiful but noisy Peafowl can be found just about anywhere in the park and add to the charm of the ranch.
Leo Carrillo Ranch Tours
Self-Guided walking tours of the building exteriors and park grounds are available during normal park operating hours. A free brochure is available at the parking lot, visitor center, and Hacienda. On weekends, docent-led tours are available twice a day. These tours go into great detail and are a must-do for history buffs.
History of the Ranch
The ranch looks much the same as it did when Leo Carillo used it as a family retreat. Leo purchased the ranch in 1937, which at that time was called Rancho de Los Kiotes. The original 840 acres were purchased for $65,000. Leo continued to expand his land holdings in the Carlsbad area until it reached 2,538 acres. Today all that remains is the 27-acre Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch.
Leo Carrillo Ranch is a popular wedding and event location. Rental areas include the reflecting pool and cabana area and the hacienda patio, or a combination of both, which includes the use of the hacienda courtyard and the Bride’s room.
The ranch can accommodate groups ranging in size up to 150 people. If you are looking for a unique place for a wedding, Leo Carrillo Ranch is worth a look.
Getting to Leo Carrillo Ranch Carlsbad
Leo Carrillo Ranch is a designated Historic National Landmark that was opened to the public in August 2003. Located at 6200 Flying LC Lane Carlsbad, California. Website.
Admission to the park is free, but donations are always welcome. Dogs are not allowed in the park. Park hours Tuesday- Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.