MCSP, Leo Carrillo Campgrounds Reopen This Weekend

Malibu Creek State Park

It’s official: Malibu Creek State Park and Leo Carrillo State Park campgrounds will be reopened to the public in time for the holiday weekend.

While MCSP is ready for visitors, California State Parks announced Leo Carrillo would temporarily close for two weeks after Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-28, for “much needed paving and road striping work.”

The campgrounds have been closed for months following devastation caused by the Woolsey Fire and ensuing rain events. MCSP campgrounds were shut down even before the fire—nearly a year ago, the campgrounds were closed after 35-year-old Tristan Beaudette was shot and killed in the area. 

Leo Carrillo was originally slated to open sometime March, as predicted before the unusual rainy season here in Southern California.

State Parks warns visitors that the Willow Creek and Nicholas Flat trails “may be over grown with vegetation with barriers caused by storm damage.” Additionally, the popular “M*A*S*H” trail at MCSP is open, but visitors are advised to watch out for obstacles due to storm damage.

Areas already open to the public, as confirmed by the state agency earlier this month, are the beaches and staircase at Leo Carrillo, and the day-use areas and backcountry at MCSP. 

Reservations for the campgrounds can be made online at or by calling 800.444.4445. For more information, visit