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Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park









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6200 Flying LC Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Leo Carrillo Ranch will close early to the public on  Saturday, Oct. 27 at 4 pm.
The park will be  closed  on Sunday, Oct. 28 all day except to ticket holders to the celebration.


Candlelight Dinner and Hacienda Tours
Saturday, October 27 6pm - 8pm

Join the Parks & Recreation and Library & Cultural Arts Departments for a Día de los Muertos celebration at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Guests attending this special evening will participate in a cultural and culinary adventure while enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of this traditional Mexican holiday to celebrate, remember and honor the departed. Ofrendas will be on display at the Leo Carrillo's historic Hacienda to remember Leo, his wife Edith and their daughter, Antoinette's time at the Ranch.  The bedrooms will showcase unique personal items of the Carrillo family intimately displayed as if they were visiting their ranch for the weekend. After touring the decorated Hacienda and visiting the family’s ofrendas, you will enjoy a buffet dinner featuring authentic flavors of Mexico. As you enjoy the tranquil peace of Leo Carrillo’s hacienda by candle light, live entertainers will help bring the spirt of the holiday to life. Additional adult refreshments will be available for purchase.

Tickets to the Candlelight Dinner and Hacienda Tours are $45 per person. Tickets are only by advance reservation on www.carlsbadconnect.org All ticket sales are final.

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
Sunday, October 28th 11 am – 3 pm

Join the Parks & Recreation and Library & Cultural Arts Departments for a Día de los Muertos celebration at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Guests attending will enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this traditional Mexican holiday to celebrate, remember and honor the departed. Ofrendas will be on display at Leo Carrillo’s historic Hacienda to recognize Leo, his wife Edith and their daughter Antoinette’s time at the Ranch.
Guests can visit the Hacienda and participate in complementary Family Open Studios art projects, face painting and enjoy live entrainment throughout the day. An $8 dining coupon to enjoy lunch at the celebration is included with each paid ticket.

Tickets to the celebration are $12 per person which includes a $8 dining coupon for lunch. Tickets can be purchased on www.carlsbadconnect.org  or at the door. Children 3 and under are free.  All ticket sales are final. Click here for additional information.

Twilight Photography at Leo Carrillo Ranch

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park offers scenic landscapes and vintage hand-crafted adobe buildings, making the once private retreat of actor Leo Carrillo the ideal setting for personal portraits, landscape, engagement and family photography. With majestic peafowl frequenting the park and the California sunset rolling across the hillsides in the evening, there are countless picture-perfect locations throughout the grounds.

Participants will have the unique opportunity and full access to use the park after normal park hours for personal photography. Space is kept 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. 

To schedule your photoshoot, or to view available dates visit www.carlsbadconnect.org

 Park Hours

Closed Mondays
Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.

Park Rules

  • 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.
  • Smoking is not permitted in any city facility.
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch Photography Regulations

Thanks for the continued support of the Friends of Carrillo Ranch.