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Leo Carrillo Camp & Dive-July 27-29, 2018

Camping at the beach in SoCal is so much FUN whether you are diving, boogie boarding, socializing or just relaxing in your campsite and that is why you should make the effort to join Channel Islands Dive Adventures for our Leo Carrillo camping weekend on Fri./Sun., July 27-29, 2018.

leo carrilloThe park was named after Leo Carrillo (1880-1961), actor, preservationist and conservationist. Leo Carrillo served on the California Beach and Parks commission for eighteen years, and was instrumental in the state’s acquisition of the Hearst property at San Simeon. He was related by blood and marriage to a long line of distinguished original Californians. Leo’s greatest fame came from his portrayal of Pancho, the sidekick to Duncan Renaldo’s Cisco Kid, an early 1950’s TV series.

leo carrilloWe will not have a group camp area so everyone is on their own and getting a campsite during the summer months can be a problem. You can make your reservation 6 months in advance of the day you plan to travel so if you plan to camp on Friday night, July 27 then you need to call as early as possible starting at 8:00 am on January 27th to make a campsite reservation.

*Ken will be trying to get a site along the outer loop trail to the right as you get into the park-sites #108 to #132.

Ken with CIDA will try to get some reminders out in advance for camping reservations through the CIDA newsletter and facebook page and group. If you do get a campsite please let Ken know so he knows who to expect.

If tenting doesn’t sound good and you want more comfort you can call Camping Adventures at 805 797-7460 to see about having an RV delivered and set up on your campsite at the park. The maximum trailer/RV length is 31′.

Campsites at Leo Carrillo cost $45.00 per night and the campground is nice with lots of sycamore trees, small general store, bathrooms, token operated showers, dump station, nice beach for surfing, sunning and diving plus exploring along the cliffs all within walking distance unless you have dive gear and dogs allowed as long as they are on leashes. See this for Reserve California camping info.

So what is the plan for the weekend? That all depends on the weather and who shows up. There is so much to do and sometimes doing nothing is the best so we will just have to see. Ken does plan to have a potluck on Saturday night so bring something to share if you would like to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact

Ken at or call (805) 469-7288