Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch in Carlsbad
Today, Carrillo's home, which is restored adobe, is open and the grounds make for a fine stroll. There are a lot of lizards, peacocks roaming around, and native and exotic plants. Yes, there are peacocks - descendants of birds Carrillo brought to his ranch.
We joined a tour and the very knowledgeable and interesting guide told us about the history and showed us around the house. It is amazing how much cooler in is inside an adobe structure than outside! There is a lot of Hollywood memorabilia.
The Ranch is on Carrillo Way. You enter the walled property through a large iron gate, just past the swim club. The concrete road takes you to the large parking lot. There is a staffed visitor center and restrooms. Admission is free. It is a popular wedding venue.
|There are about 30 peafowl on the property wall|
|Luther Burbank developed these spineless cacti seen in foreground|
|The Ranch's brand is on the fireplace|
|It doesn't get more SoCal than this!|