Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park is a renowned place located very close to Carlsbad in California. It was built by the famous American actor Leopoldo Antonio Carrillo, who built it for enjoying his weekends. He was mainly famous for the role named Pancho played in the TV series ‘The Cisco Kid’ during 1950 – 1956; though he worked in more than 90 Hollywood films from 1915 to 1956.
Carrillo designed it in a Spanish style over a land of 1700 acres, which he bought in 1937 from its previous owner. Since his ancestors moved to California from Spain in the 1700s, he preferred Spanish architectural style for redesigning it into a rancho or a collection of useful huts. He added some more land to this property after 2 years, to build some extra features. Apart from the main house, he built a studio for his wife called Deedie’s house on this land.
Later, it became public property when the Carlsbad City authority acquired this rancho in 1976. It was christened as Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, after adding some more land to it. It now contains 17 features, including a Visitor’s Center, some beautifully designed adobe buildings, a swimming pool, a canteen, and a cabana, all built according to the Spanish Hacienda style of architecture.
Carrillo built a tack shed for carriages, a stable for keeping horses, and a barn, as he probably preferred to ride horse-drawn carriages here. There is also a shed that served as a foundry and was used for storing all types of tools. The entire ranch has a rustic look due to the earthen ground and irregularly paved pathways. So, visitors need to wear specially designed shoes for walking around this 27-acre historic park of California, due to this uneven ground surface that may be otherwise uncomfortable to them.
Tourists are provided guided walking tours around this ranch so that they can have a view of all the interesting features of this park. Usually, a walking tour for 90 minutes is offered every Saturday. Tourists can also watch a short film on this ranch for the duration of 13 minutes, to provide the information about all tourist attractions here. So, it becomes easier for them to enjoy the rustic beauty and importance of this park.
Now, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park can be booked for destination weddings at a reasonable price. However, dogs or other pet animals are not allowed in this park, to maintain its cleanliness and hygienic condition. Tourists do not need to pay anything for visiting this ranch on their weekends, which increases its popularity among people. But they are not allowed to damage any feature of this park and they should not even attempt to pluck out leaves or flowers from plants here.
No one is allowed to smoke within this park campus, as that can cause air pollution. It is a prime landmark of Carlsbad and this historic park is treated as a valuable national property. Common people can donate to the fund of this ranch and they may contribute special artifacts to this park, which they may want to share with others.