Leo Carrillo State Park Campground
Leo Carrillo State Park is northwest of Malibu's popular Zuma Beach. Carrillo State Park consists of a cluster of pocket beaches off the Pacific Coast Highway. Although the steeply sloped beaches make them dangerous for inexperienced swimmers, the area is still popular for sun bathing, beach strolling, picnicking, surfing, fishing, diving, and kiteboarding.
The campground's 130 campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The campground has hot showers, a camp store, and a campfire center. Electrical hook-ups for some sites were added in the 2015-16 off-season and are available begining mid-July 2016. Campsites are well shaded by oaks and offer more privacy than most beach campgrounds to the south. A trail from the campground leads down to the beach. There is also has a Group Camp off the north end of the campground and a Hike & Bike site at the south end.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
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.
Leo Carrillo State Park Group Campground
The group campground at Leo Carrillo State Park is a tent-only site for between 9 and 50 people. The site can accommodate up to 12 vehicles (additional vehicles for a fee and park at day-use area). The distance from the parking lot to the campsite is about 100 yards. At the campsite are picnic tables, fire rings, BBQs, and restrooms. The campsite is a little more than a mile from the beach.
Fees: $225 per night
Reservations: Leo Carrillo Group Camping Reservations