Imagine Carlsbad about 70 years ago when there was nothing but rolling hills and ocean views. This was Leo Carrillo’s spot to build his dream ranch in 1937, a respite from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles where he built his acting career. The Leo Carrillo ranch in Carlsbad is no longer a secluded rancho on 2,538 acres, but of the 10 acres it now holds onto, it is like walking through a part of Old Hollywood glamour, adobe style.
The City of Carlsbad and Friends of Carrillo Ranch have done a splendid job of maintaining and upgrading the adobe buildings Leo Carrillo had built by New Mexico builder, Cruz Mendoza. The expansive grounds also feature native landscaping which is well-maintained by volunteers and park employees. many buildings are spread out around the park which get frequently visited by the many peacocks that call this park home.
The Leo Carrillo ranch is truly a gem in the center of Carlsbad and holds many local community events along with private weddings and other private events.
No dogs are allowed, the peacocks are the only animals allowed to roam on the property. On a nice day, there are picnic tables for you to bring lunch along if you like and a walking trail that is about 4 miles long.
I was not expecting this park to be as nice and large as it was since it does not seem to be a featured destination or very well known in the area, but I would say it is definitely worthy of a visit.
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