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Leo Carrillo Ranch History

Leo and Edith CarrilloHere it is, a former working rancho, once owned by Leo Carrillo. It is a place that rejuvenates your spirit as you leisurely follow the trails and experience the buildings and landscape of what remains of the ranch. Even short visits provide the opportunities to understand, to appreciate, to respect the dreams Leo had for this place.

The ranch itself is secluded within the mature tropical and native landscape of a broad coastal canyon. It served as a retreat to actor, philanthropist, poet, preservationist, and rancher, Leo Carrillo from 1937 to 1961. Situated approximately 35 miles north of the city of San Diego on the Pacific coast, Los Quiotes provides an exceptional opportunity for visitors to discover and explore the history of the native peoples of the region, Spanish Colonial exploration and settlement in Alta California, Mexican and American Period Ranching, and the life, times, and significant contributions of Leo Carrillo and his family.

Municipally owned and managed, Los Quiotes is a 27 acre historic park which contains and protects many of the original historic structures and outbuildings associated with Leo Carrillo's tenure and use of the Ranch--hacienda (main house wing and bedroom complex), wash house, Deedie's House, tack and feed house, carriage house, cantina, stable, hay barn, caretaker's house and garage, swimming pool and cabaƱa, foundry and equipment shed, water tank, and other auxiliary structures including bridges, walls, fences, windmills and a stone weir dam.

Constructed in a fusion of Spanish colonial, Southwestern and California Rancho styles, it is likely that the design of the hacienda was derived at least in part by the designs of architect Cliff May, and his ranch homes that were immensely popular in the 1930s. A photograph of Carrillo's stable complex is featured in the 1958 first edition of Western Ranch Houses. The choice of architecture was inspired from his many visits to his great-uncle's Santa Monica rancho, and his fond childhood memories. For Carrillo, the style represented a tangible connection to his proud Spanish ancestry, and reinforced his image as a real vaquero (cowboy).

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Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Ln.
Carlsbad, CA 92009

General Information

Park hours
Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed on Mondays and on city holidays.

90-minute guided tours
Saturday 11 a.m.,1 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m., 2 p.m.