Malibu Creek
State Park Campground

Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek Area Attractions

For those camped at Malibu Creek State Park Campground, the park and surrounding area have many recreational uprightness and local attractions.

  • Park visitors enjoy horseback riding, bird watching, fishing, and hiking.
  • Hike along 15 miles of trails in Malibu Creek State Park.
  • Join docent led hikes along the creek ad through a wooded valley.
  • Watch for wildlife such as raccoons, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, and a wide variety of birds.
  • Enjoy summer campfire programs.
  • Tour the Visitor Center on weekends.
  • Visit nearby California's Best Beaches - Malibu Lagoon State Beach.
  • Let your dog romp at
    Calabasas Bark Park.
  • Visit nearby Tapia Park and hike the Backbone Trail.

Key Malibu Creek State Park Campground Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves. Purchase firewood locally to avoid brining in invasive pests.
  2. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Dogs must be kept on leash. They are not permitted on trails and must be kept in a tent or vehicle at night. They may never be left unattended.

Malibu Creek State Park Campground

Malibu Creek State Park Campground is located up Malibu Canyon, 6½ miles north of Highway 1 near Malibu Lagoon and 3½ miles south of Highway 101. The park offers a scenic mountain destination within easy driving distance of the Los Angeles area. Visitors enjoy wildlife, hiking, bird watching, and summer campfire programs.

Malibu Creek State Park Campground has 56 campsites spread around a single loop. Twenty-six of the campsites are designated for tents only, while the other 30 sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Reservations are non-specific, which means that visitors will be assigned a specific campsite upon arrival. There is also a Group Camp.

Campground Basics
Malibu Creek State Park Campground Location: 1925 Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road, Calabasas
Elevation: 550 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Los Angeles - 25 miles
Camping season: Open year-round
Number of Sites: 56
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 if they fit (trailer is a vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (818) 880-0367 or (800) 444-7275

Reservations Available: whenever campground is open, up to 6 months in advance
Maximum Vehicle Length: 30 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $45 per night, plus reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Malibu Creek State Park Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Malibu Creek State Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, grill, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater, laundry
Showers: Yes, obtain shower tokens with $1 bills
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Malibu Creek SP Campground Map
Nearby attractions: Mott Adobe Ruins, trail for visually impaired visitors, 15 miles of hiking trails, Visitor Center, filming location for TV show M*A*S*H, Sepulvida Adobe, Malibu Creek

Malibu Creek Group Campsite

Malibu Creek State Park's group campsite can accommodate from 9 to 60 people and up to 30 vehicles. The campsite is a walk-in, tents-only camping area about 100 yards from the parking lot. The reservation covers the first 12 vehicles. Other vehicles are charged a nightly fee and must be parked in the Day Use Lot.
Fee: $225 per night
Reservations: Malibu Creek SP Group Campground Reservations

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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