Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas CA
1925 Las Virgenes Road
Calabasas, CA 91301
(at Mulholland Hwy)
CHECK IN/OUT: Check in at 4 pm/Check out at 3 pm.
ACCESS: 8 am - 10 pm.
MAPS: At Entry Gate
Maximum length 30 ft
PULL THRUS: No
PICNIC SHELTERS: No
SITE SURFACE: paved
HOOK-UPS: Water & 30/50 Amp
BATH: Yes/coin operated shower
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
BOAT RAMP: No
FEATURES: 15 miles of trails
PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Malibu Creek State Park in California preserves the Malibu Creek Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. This 8,215-acre park was established in 1974 and opened to the public in 1976. It is a component of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The majority of the parks land was donated by entertainer Bob Hope. Other parts of the park were added later and previously owned by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox for movie ranches.
This area was the center of Chumash Native American life for centuries. Many of the hiking trails were originally footpaths that the Chumash would use to travel from village to village and from inland areas to the sea.
In 2003 the Sepulveda Adobe, constructed in 1863, opened to the public. In the early 1900's Johnny Mott, a famous LA attorney, built an adobe known today as the Mott Adobe with only the stone fireplace left standing.
Before 1976 the park was used to film numerous movies and TV shows, such as Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H. Shooting on location was much like a real M.A.S.H unit with electricity sourced from generators and water coming from tanker trucks.
We drove up the steep winding highway to camp here in March 2018 and immediately recognized the mountains seen in so many movie sets. This was a quiet campground and would loved to have stayed longer to hike in the mountains.
From the Beach: Take Pacific Coast Hwy 1 north/west to Malibu Canyon Road
Turn right past Pepperdine University.
In the canyon, pass through the tunnel and go past the light at Piuma Road.
Just before the next light at Mulholland Hwy, turn left into Malibu Creek State Park.
From the 101 Freeway: Exit at Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas and drive south for several miles where the first light is at Mulholland Hwy.
The park entrance is just past Mulholland on the right.