Will Rogers State Historic Park
1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd.
Pacific Palisades, California
Local Phone: (310) 454-8212
In the early 1930s, Will Rogers was the most popular and highest paid actor in Hollywood. From his start in vaudeville theater with a trick roping act, he rose to world-wide fame as a columnist, philosopher, radio personality, and movie star.
During the 1920s, he bought land in Santa Monica, where he developed a ranch. Eventually, Will Rogers owned 186 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in what is now known as Pacific Palisades.
The ranch became the place where Will Rogers could relax with his family and friends, pursuing his favorite pastimes of riding and roping.
At his untimely death in a plane crash in 1935, Will Rogers's ranch consisted of a 31-room ranch house, a stable, corrals, riding ring, roping arena, polo field, golf course, and hiking trails.
His widow, Betty, in 1944 gave the ranch to California State Parks and it became a state historic park.
Hikers can enjoy a moderate 2-mile loop to Inspiration Point. Dogs are allowed on leash not in excess of six feet.