Malibu Creek State Park


Malibu Creek State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The park has camping, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Located in the park is the Malibu Lagoon, a small lake that allows swimming, and the M*A*S*H filming location.  


Malibu State Park is a great place for any van or RV nomad to visit and explore the Santa Monica Mountains.  The park offers great mountain adventures only a few miles from the city. 


Being centrally located in the Santa Monica Mountains, the park’s main attraction is hiking. There are 15 miles of streamside trail that meander through oak and sycamore woodlands on chaparral-covered slopes within the park.

The most popular trails and hikes in the park:

  • Rock Pool (easy)
  • M*A*S*H site (easy)
  • Malibu Lake Trail (moderate)

The trail along Malibu Creek offers spectacular vistas, including volcanic rock gorges, scenic pools, and breathtaking views of the Las Virgenes Valley and Malibu Canyon.


Malibu State Parks has an excellent campground.  The campground has all the common amenities of a state park, including restrooms, showers, and water. Just make sure you reserve a spot ahead of time because they fill up quickly.

Map: Malibu Creek Campground Map


Before being opened to the public in 1976, the park was used extensively to film numerous movies and TV shows, such as Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H.  Most of the park’s land holdings were donated by Bob Hope, with later significant acquisitions by Ronald Reagan and 20th Century Fox.


The following are the parking fees:

  • All-day – $12.00 per car, per day
  • 3 hrs – $9.00 per car
  • 2 hrs – $6.00 per car
  • 1 hr – $3.00 per car


The park is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road. The official address is 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302

References and Other Adventures


Zuma Beach

A van or RV trip to Malibu isn’t complete without a walk along the famous Zuma Beach. The beach is 1.8 miles long and has actual parking right up to the beach. The beach includes food stands, restrooms, restaurants, showers, and volleyball courts. Zuma Beach makes a wonderful place to park the van and spend the day surfing, paddle boarding, or just lounging around watching the scenery.

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Malibu Pier

No trip to Southern California is complete without a stopover at the Malibu Pier. The pier is a historic landmark located in the heart of California’s surf culture. The pier has a festive atmosphere of good food and fun. It’s a great place to spend the day.

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