Peter Strauss Ranch

Steps lead up to a white porch and a house overlaid with stones surrounded by trees and greenery

For nearly a century, people have enjoyed leisure and recreation at this site. Named for Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Strauss, this park delights nature lovers and intrigues history buffs. Oak woodlands, a seasonal creek, easy trails, a lawn area, and an amphitheater provide a wonderful location or visitors of all ages to have fun outdoors.

Near the main house, you will discover an Italian terrazzo tile concert area (1939) where country legends Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson performed in the 1950s. Also, you will see the relic of an enormous outdoor swimming pool with a small stage in the center.

Recreational activities are still popular at Peter
Strauss Ranch. The National Park Service hosts public programs, including Sunday concerts during the summer. Visitors may also reserve the site for private weddings, birthdays, retirement parties, and other special events. For information about reservations visit our Permits & Reservations page.

Brief History
At the turn of the century, Harry Miller purchased the ranch as a weekend retreat from his residence and automobile factory in Los Angeles. His patented master carburetor and “Miller Specials,” featured at Indianapolis 500 car races, brought him fame. In 1926, Harry built many structures including the stone ranch house, the “look out tower” and the aviary. The Depression and his attempt at aircraft-engine development resulted in financial ruin, the loss of the ranch and an end to his dreams.

In the mid 1930s, Warren Shobert and Arthur Edeson purchased the ranch, transforming the place into “Shoson”- a fairyland of charm and a paradise for children and adults. Later, a dam was constructed on Triunfo Creek, creating a small lake was created on Triunfo Creek, and a 650,000 gallon swimming pool was built on site. The resort was renamed “Lake Enchanto.” Competition from other, larger amusement parks and resorts led to the decline of "Lake Enchanto.” It fell into disrepair and closed around 1960.

Actor Peter Strauss was deeply moved by the area's natural beauty while filming the mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man" at Malibou Lake in 1976. He purchased the property and restored the site to its original splendor, living here until 1983. Due to his sensitivity and concern for the natural environment, Strauss sold the ranch to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The National Park Service purchased the ranch in 1987 as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, dedicated to the preservation of our natural and cultural history.

Concert Series
Peter Strauss Ranch hosts an annual concert series at the amphitheater and installation art exhibit throughout the site, from the aviary to the “pool” and beyond, from May - September each year. Please check the concert schedule at tinyporchconcerts.com.

Concert Schedule 2017

Stay tuned for the 2017 Summer Concert Schedule!

Download Additional Information

Trail Map and Site Brochure

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Dog walking
  • Horseback riding

Directions
30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301
GPS Coordinates: N 34.1143 W -118.7786

Take the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) to Kanan Road exit. South on Kanan Road 2.8 miles. Turn left on Troutdale Drive to Mulholland Highway. Left on Mulholland Highway 400 feet then right into the parking lot. Walk back across the bridge on Mulholland Hwy and enter main gate to go into the ranch area.

Good to Know

Parking Yes
Restrooms Yes
Water Yes
Pets Yes Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash at all times. Please pick up after your dog.
Accessibility No Parking lot and trails are unpaved and do not meet ADA requirements.
Cell Service Yes/No Depends on cell service provider.
Picnic tables under shade of a large tree with people walking around the old ranch house in the background
Enjoy a shady picnic at Peter Strauss Ranch while taking in the nature around you and learning about the history of the ranch house.
Peter Strauss Concert Series
Peter Strauss Concert Series.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302

Phone:

(805) 370-2301

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