Leo Carrillo’s Rancho in Carlsbad-Free

This post was written by Valerie on May 26, 2013
Posted Under: Grandma Quotes

A Peacock on one of many buildings at Carlsbad’s Leo Carrillo Ranch Park.

One of Carlsbad’s hidden treasures is the Leo Carrillo (Pancho from the TV Show Cisco Kid) established a ranch in the hills of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The park is free and open to the public every day but Mondays.

Take Palomar Airport Road to Melrose then right and right at Poinsettia and go past the school to right at the Leo Carrillo Ranch.

When you get to the parking lot (also free) you will walk a short distance to the visitor center. There you can watch a very interesting film on the early days of Carlsbad when Leo Carrillo wanted to have a working ranch as a get away from Hollywood. He invited many famous actors like Clark Gable to visit the ranch.

Originally the ranch was home to 600 head of Hereford cattle and horses. Now the grounds are filled with incredible Peacocks. You are allowed to pick up feathers from the grounds or buy them from the park gift shop.

One of many Peacock’s on the grounds of the ranch.

The grounds are beautiful and aside from the Peacock’s calling out it is so peaceful with many areas to sit and enjoy the view of the cactus and many buildings of Adobe built and restored by the City of Carlsbad now¬†celebrating their¬†10th year.



Many variety of cactus are on the grounds and are now starting to bloom.

Towering cactus.

It is like stepping back in time. We were lucky to visit Friday before Memorial Day Weekend and had the Park practically to ourselves. The Park employees at the visitor center were so helpful and told us to watch for the all-white Peacock. They also offered to provide us transportation for my Step-Mother to take us to the lower area where the Adobe buildings and home of Leo Carrillo had built on the grounds.

In the pavement of the doorway says Mi Casa es Su Casa. My house is your house which is also mentioned in the ten minute film on Leo Carrillo. We truly felt at home and welcome. The many Peacocks and warm sun greeted us along with a soft breeze and lots of shaded areas to sit and just pretend you are part of the gentler times when Carlsbad was farm and cattle country.




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