6200 Flying LC Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Dia de los Muertos – Oct. 28 and 29th
Join the Parks & Recreation Department and Library & Cultural Arts Department at a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Guests attending the celebration will enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes at this traditional Mexican to celebrate, remember and honor those that have departed. Ofrendas will be on display at Leo Carrillo’s historic Hacienda to recognize Leo Carrillo, his wife Edith and his daughter Antoinette time at the Rancho. On Saturday evening special Candlelight Tours will be offered allowing guests to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Hacienda at night adorned with traditional decorations. Unique personal items from the Carrillo family will be on display exclusively for the evening. Guests attending the candle lit tour will have the first opportunity view the ofrendas while enjoying Mexican hot chocolate and other traditional refreshments. On Sunday, guests can join in the free Dia de los Muertos Celebration visit the Hacienda and participate Family Open Studios art project, make tortillas and enjoy live performance between 10 am and 3 pm. Food will also be available for purchase.
Advanced reservations are required to attend the Candlelight Tours on Saturday and the free celebration on Sunday. Please visit www.carlsbadconnect.org to make a reservation or see the program flyer for more information.
Park Closures for Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, 0ctober 28th - Leo Carrillo Ranch will close at 4 pm.
Sunday, October 29th – Leo Carrillo Ranch will only be open to guests with reservations.
Interested in having your family photos taken at Leo Carrillo Ranch? Twilight Photography sessions at Leo Carrillo Ranch allow participants the unique opportunity to use the park after normal park hours for personal photography. Participation is limited each evening to allow you and your photographer the opportunity to make the most of your time at the park when the lighting is perfect for breathtaking photos. Please see the Leo Carrillo Ranch Photography Regulations for more information about using the park for photography.
Discover the history and tranquil beauty of this former working ranch, once owned by actor Leo Carrillo. Secluded in the heart of a magnificently landscaped 27-acre canyon, this historic park contains and protects romantic hand-crafted adobe buildings, antique windmills, a reflecting pool and many other beautiful historic structures where visitors can explore and experience California history. Nature-lovers delight in gorgeous agave, bougainvillea, Birds of Paradise, plentiful trees and the company of dozens of brilliant peacocks who call the ranch home. The unique entry gate was created specifically for the park through the city's public art program.
Leo Carrillo Ranch is a designated Historic National Landmark that was opened to the public in August 2003. It is connected to the citywide trails system via the 4-mile long Rancho Carrillo trail.
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Self guided walking tours of the building exteriors and park grounds are available during normal park operating hours. The interior of many buildings are not accessible during self guided tours. A free, self guided walking tour brochure is available in the parking lot, Visitor Center, and Hacienda. We recommend that you begin your tour by first stopping at the Visitor Center to view our 13 minute introductory film on the history of the ranch and the life and career of Leo Carrillo.
Free guided walking tours are offered on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and on Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. These guided tours allow access to the interior of many of the historic structures, including the hacienda, as well as Deedie's house. Allow approximately 90 minutes for the entire tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes or boots. Tours depart from the parking lot. Reservations are not required.
Tours are also offered by special advance arrangement for persons with special needs or mobility requirements, groups and organizations. Tours may be modified without notice due to special events, weddings, conservation, or maintenance issues.
Visitor advisory: Leo Carrillo Ranch is a 27-acre historical park with irregular earthen and paved surfaces, including without limitations, stairs and trails. It is recommended that visitors wear appropriate shoes for the uneven terrain within this historic park. Be prepared to walk extended distances up and down moderately sloping hillsides on uneven decomposed granite trails. Wear cool, comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring drinking water.
No pets allowed. Dogs are prohibited in Carlsbad's parks.
It is unlawful to vandalize, damage, destroy, cut, injure, or remove any of the park's historic, cultural, and natural features. Carrillo Ranch is a designated local, State, and National Historic Landmark.
Children must remain under adult supervision at all times.