McCrea Ranch Visitor Center
The beautifully rustic McCrea Ranch, located at the bottom of the Norwegian Grade, was owned by movie stars from Hollywood's Golden Age. Legendary film actor and Western movie hero Joel McCrea, with his wife of 57 years, movie star Frances Dee, raised their three sons here, Jody, David and Peter, and lived a simple lifestyle as part of the community, farming the land, and raising cattle. A personal friendship between Joel and Tex Ward, General Manager Emeritus for CRPD, helped lay the foundation for the McCrea's to donate their ranch and family home in 1995 to the Conejo Recreation and Park District, effective 2004. The ranch home and outbuildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Experience the little-told story of the famed Apache warrior’s 23 years as a prisoner of war starting with his surrender in 1886, his life in Florida and Alabama prisons, and his final stop - Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Focusing on his resiliency, humor, and genius, witness Geronimo as he cleverly evolves from a POW into a celebrity and entrepreneur. For more information, visit geronimolifeonthereservation.com
4235.3161 | Saturday | 7:30-9:00pm | 8/20 | $20
COWBOY COOKOUT AND RANCH TOUR, Age 18+ Join us at the Visitor Center for a Cowboy dinner followed by the only guided tour of the McCrea family’s house this year.
Tours of the Bunkhouse, Milk House, and Visitor Center will be offered as well. This program is a fundraiser for the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation.
4130.2161 | Saturday | 4:30-8:00pm | 5/21 | $60
Summer Film Series Season Tickets, Age 12+ Watch a different movie each month under the stars at the beautiful McCrea Ranch. Buy tickets to all 4 movies and save $10. gate opens 30 minutes prior to movie.
4205.3161 | Saturday | 8:00-10:30pm| 6/25, 7/16, 8/6, 9/17 | $30
Movie Night, Age 12+ Watch “South of St. Louis,” under the stars at the beautiful McCrea Ranch. gate opens 30 minutes prior to movie.
4200.3161 | Saturday | 8:15-10:00pm | 6/25 | $10
Movie Night, Age 12+ Watch “The Great Man's Lady,” under the stars at the beautiful McCrea Ranch. gate opens 30 minutes prior to movie.
4201.3161 | Saturday | 8:30-10:30pm | 7/16 | $10
Movie Night, Age 12+ Watch “Barbary Coast,” under the stars at the beautiful McCrea Ranch. gate opens 30 minutes prior to movie.
4202.3161 | Saturday | 8:15-10:00pm | 8/6 | $10
Movie Night, Age 12+ Watch “Wells Fargo,” under the stars at the beautiful McCrea Ranch. gate opens 30 minutes prior to movie.
4203.3161 | Saturday | 8:00-10:00pm | 9/17| $10
McCrea Ranch Foundation
The Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation was formed in order to assist in the fundraising efforts needed to maintain a facility of this nature. The primary mission of this Foundation is to honor and preserve the legacy of Joel and Frances McCrea by raising and managing funds to support the Conejo Recreation and Park District in the restoration, preservation and rehabilitation, as well as the interpretive and educational programs of the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch. For more information on the foundation visit their website at mccrearanchfoundation.org or at facebook.com/McCreaRanch
The McCrea Ranch Visitor Center was completed in 2011. The Center provides a variety of interpretive, educational, and cultural programs for the community, while preserving the unique history of this property for generations to come. Public access to the McCrea Ranch Visitor Center is through scheduled programs with the Conejo Recreation and Park Distirct. As the McCrea Ranch Foundation expands with a trained docent and volunteer base, hours of operation will be established allowing the Visitor Center to be open to the general public. In the coming years, as funds are available, the McCrea Ranch Foundation and Conejo Recreation and Park District will work to provide even greater public access to other parts of the McCrea Ranch. For more information, please call CRPD Outdoor Unit staff at (805) 495-2163.