Malibu Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide

California

Malibu Creek State Park

is located in the Santa Monica Mountains, just 25 miles from Los Angeles. Miles of streamside trails take you through oak and sycamore woodlands and chaparral-covered slopes. With dramatic peaks, stunning canyon vistas, rolling hills of tallgrass, a volcanic swimming hole – Malibu Creek State Park has become a crowned jewel of California. Typically, Spring and Fall are ideal travel times for the most comfortable temperature and humidity in the region.

Hiking, biking and rock climbing are some of the fun adventures to do while exploring Malibu Creek State Park. The trails range from beginner and short family-friendly trails to strenuous lengths and peaks that hit the holy grails of Malibu Creek State Park. The stunning terrain is even home to the legendary M*A*S*H television series and has quite an intriguing movie history. Wildlife and wildflowers are abundant and tourists may be on the lookout for a roaming mountain lion or rattlesnake, deer, foxes, bobcats, owls, egrets, herons, eagles, and so much more.

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Weather
Spring 69-82 F
Summer 70s-90s F
Fall 72-94 F
Winter 64-72 F
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Nearby Cities
Los Angeles, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Malibu Creek State Park

You can absolutely camp with nature and take in the breathtaking sounds of the park in your sleeping bag under the stars or in your tent. And if wilderness nightlife isn’t your thing, you should consider renting an RV with RVshare.com to get your rest in snake-free, customized comfort and style.

There are 62 tent campsites at Malibu Creek State Park and only 4 RV sites so sites fill up quickly and up to 6 months in advance. However, RVing is the most loved way to travel the state parks and there are many to choose from nearby. Many campgrounds in this area have been heavily damaged by the November 2018 Woolsey Fire so be sure to check park websites for updated notices.

Thornhill Broome Beach

Also located in the Santa Monica mountains at Point Mugu State Park. Camp in the sand, relish in the rocky bluffs, take a siesta to the sound of the ocean waves. It is a minimalist campground for $35 per night. 

  • Water hookup: n/a
  • Electrical hookup: n/a
  • Sewer hookup: n/a
  • Wifi: n/a
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Beach access, fire rings, picnic tables, potable water, coin showers, flush toilets

Malibu Beach RV Park

Camp in style with prime ocean or mountain views. The stunning vistas have you perched on the coastline to enjoy whale watching or dolphin watching, swimming, body surfing and hiking trails. It is a short distance from several area state parks. Summer rates are higher, and a full hookup and ocean views will run around $200 per night depending on your selection.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: self-service washers/dryers, game room, convenience store, bathhouse, dump station, picnic tables, propane service

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What to Do at
Malibu Creek State Park

Inside Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park has a deep history. The first known occupants of the area were the Chumash Indians. In fact, 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. Recently, the Sepulveda Adobe that was constructed in 1863 and restored in 2003 was damaged in the November 2018 Woolsey Fire. Restoration on the park has begun, though nature has left its mark. Many people call this park “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Its stunning terrain has made it a popular place for filming movies and television. 

Malibu Creek is full of nostalgic opportunities and memorable experiences:

M*A*S*H – Malibu Creek State Park proudly boasts their trails in and around the land that shot the legendary TV program between 1972-1983. The landmark has been restored over the years and the iconic ambulance, the vehicle road to the helipad and spaces where tents and buildings were placed during the show are all visible. 

Reagan Ranch An equestrian dream is in the works here. This will be a base camp for horse trails through the parks, but you can still visit the iconic 300-plus acre ranch of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It was severely damaged in the November 2018 Woolsey Fire, but you can still view the area.

Hiking The park’s trails have something for everyone – from novices to those looking for real challenges. The easy routes wind through the valleys, and the challenging trails climb the walls of those valleys.

Biking – With plentiful steep terrain, Malibu Creek is a great place for serious mountain bikers. But, beginners can have fun along the main hiking trail through the park.

Rock Climbing There are many great climbs, but the easiest to reach is the Planet of the Apes Wall – where scenes from “Apes” were filmed.

Kayaking – Century Lake is named after the 20th Century Fox Studios who owned the land before it was a state park. A small finger lake, it is perfect for casual paddling.

Outside Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu has a luxurious stigma and it sure does deliver. After you have spent your day exploring the park, you still have so many options for extending your experience outside Malibu Creek State Park. There is much to see, food to eat and stores galore to fulfill your heart’s desires and get the best out of your trip.

Restaurants

Saddle Peak Lodge

Only a few miles from Malibu Creek, Saddle Peak Lodge tells the story of a rich history. Its beautiful views, romantic, rustic charm and specialty prepared unique game makes it a terrific spot to grab a drink and enjoy an iconic dinner after a day of exploring.

Type: American Steakhouse

Location: Calabasas, CA

Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Patio Cafe

Just 5 miles from Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market offers a gorgeous setting with water views and optimum fresh fish delicatessens. It’s a “no frills” kind of place so wear your flip flops, grab a seat and be prepared to be impressed with your fish.

Type: Seafood

Location: Malibu, CA

Shopping

Malibu Village

If you want to do more than just grocery shopping, head to Malibu Village. California is known for the glamour, the beach, the mountains and outstanding lifestyle amenities. You will find fitness shops and gyms, restaurants, luxury shopping and chain stores in a fabulous creek-side setting. 

Location: Malibu, CA

Sightseeing

Paramount Ranch

Stroll through Western Town and have a picnic in a real-life motion picture set. Paramount pictures leased this ranch in 1927 and began an era of film production that continues today. There are several miles of easy to moderate scenic hikes and is a great place for mountain bikers and equestrians alike. 

Location: Agoura Hills, CA

Malibu Wine Safaris

If you love wine and exotic animals, this is your stop. You will be taken for an open air, guided vineyard tour with stops to feed giraffes, zebras, water buffalo, llamas and other exotic animals. Your adventure includes a private wine tasting paired with hors d'oeuvres.  

Location: Malibu, CA

Malibu Hindu Temple

After all the peaceful exploring at Malibu Creek State Park, keep with theme and visit the Malibu Hindu Temple. Walk barefoot through the marble halls and let the scent of sandalwood and sounds of chanting priests calm the soul. The drive there is narrow and picturesque so take your time and soak it all in.

Location: Calabasas, CA

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How to Get to
Malibu Creek State Park

1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. From the 101 exit on Las Virgenes Road, head south toward the ocean and the park entrance will be on the right, a little past the Mullholland Drive intersection.

Entering Malibu Creek State Park

All Day : $12

Three Hours : $9

Two Hours : $6

One Hour : $3

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