Leo Carillo Ranch, Part I

Ever heard of a film called The Gay Desperado?


Didn’t think so. How about a fifties television show, The Cisco Kid?

Carillo photo

Someone by the name of Leo Carillo starred in both, and his ranch is about 25 miles north of San Diego. I was really surprised to learn that Carillo was in his 70s when he did the TV show, because he rides a fast horse in the episodes and looks much younger. You can watch a film about him in the old barn that’s now a visitor center.

Carillo took an existing 1880s ranch and renovated the buildings and landscaping from 1937-1940. He wanted a retreat from the hubbub of Hollywood. The ranch is open to the public–free admission–and it’s kind of like going back in time.


Carriage House, Tack Shed and Cantina. I took the photo of the cowboy hat from the last post here.


A close-up of the cantina window.


I love this kind of cactus.


The house or hacienda is pretty modest by today’s standards.


The pool cabana and pump house, which looks like a garden shed up close:



Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were guests of Carillo’s.


A detail on one of the courtyard walls of the hacienda.


I am unable to pass a bougainvillea without photographing it. Especially when it’s in late afternoon sun.

More on Tuesday. . . .have a great weekend, everyone!


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14 Responses to Leo Carillo Ranch, Part I

  1. I remember watching the “Cisco Kid” on B/W television when I was a child. I loved it and remember the character “Pancho” vividly.

  2. Cheryl says:

    “Oh Poncho! Oh Cisco!” I remember this phrase and think it was the signature closing of every TV episode. Thanks for the memory, Carole … I was such a fan way back then.

  3. The photo of the cacti is marvelous. All the wavy lines and pattens draws me right in. I love photos that I can get lost in.

    And that pool and cabana are just calling me!

  4. Lady Jennie says:

    I can see why he would want to live there. What a retreat!

  5. Caroline says:

    That’s a nice place. So picturesque. The cacti are wonderful.

  6. TBM says:

    What a wonderful place to visit and I wish it was my home. Someday!

  7. Kelly says:

    Glad I stumbled upon this post (and your lovely blog)! I live very nearby, in Temecula, & keep seeing references to the Carrillo Ranch but had no idea it was so historic & gorgeous. I’ll have to visit soon.

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