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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Address: 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
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+1 831-372-3196

Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties,...

Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties, representing the District's first parkland acquisition. The park was purchased in 1975 from William Garland II, who generously gifted a portion of the cost by reducing the purchase price to below fair market value. An eminent southern California community leader, Mr. Garland spent many summers with his family on the "ranch". This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2,000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply. Atop the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the trails encounter open oak savannas and spectacular vistas. Along the way, you will travel through maple-filled canyons, dense oak woodlands, and thick stands of chaparral. Garzas Creek gently bisects the park and provides a peaceful, shaded trail that reaches a secluded side canyon of redwoods. The park is also home to a wide variety of insects, birds, plants and animals, descendants of the first residents. Species lists of common birds, mammals, and plants are available at the Visitor Center or the District Museum, both located in the park. Throughout the park there are reminders of Carmel Valley's past: Rumsen Indian habitation sites; homestead, hunting and logging remains; livestock trails, ponds and springs; and Rancho Don Juan.There is a ranger/volunteer staff to help you enjoy your visit. The District provides both in-class environmental education programs and outdoor interpretive hikes and other events for all ages.Day use activities include hiking, photography, horseback riding, jogging, walking, bird watching, painting and simple solitude, and limited mountain bike riding in the Cooper Ranch area. A small visitor center is located at Garland and staffed by volunteers.

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An amazing find

Hiked this park in connection with a midweek stay in the Carmel Valley area. What a find. We are avid hikers and backpackers, spending most of our time in the Western Sierra... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Camarillo, CA
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Camarillo, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hiked this park in connection with a midweek stay in the Carmel Valley area. What a find. We are avid hikers and backpackers, spending most of our time in the Western Sierra. Garland Park was magical this time of year after all the rains. Lush, verdant, peaceful and crisscrossed with miles of trails. Lots of cover. And lots of elevation... More 

Thank Randyhol
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Reviewed 1 week ago

it was our first time here. my father in law (78 years old), wife and I had a great time exploring the area. there are various hiking trails from flat to steep that all interconnect. there is a map so you'll never lost. wildflowers were in full bloom; they were jaw droppingly beautiful. we hiked non stop from 9:30 am... More 

Thank wansun s
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful well kept trails- LOTS of them! Went on the Garland Falls Trail and ended up meandering through the flowering meadows and cool forest paths for hours. LOVE this place!

Thank Huizark
San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Massive park covering a wide variety of topography. Everything from easy flat trails to rigorous elevation changes. Well marked trails; dog friendly (on leash only); helpful visitor center with maps and materials; restroom facilities and water available; easy parking in a large lot; great riverside location.

Thank MysteryBell
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the Waterfall hike. The waterfall was more of a trickle at the time but the views along the trail were wonderful.

Thank longingtoretire
Pacific Grove, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wildflowers are spectacular right now. The Terrace trail is a favorite in the spring. The bridges should be in soon so the entire trail can be hiked.

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Oakland, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park gives a range of hikes depending upon how much you want to take on - any where from a couple of miles through wildflowers near the stream to a dozen or so miles up and along the ridge. If you do climb to the top, the views are great.

Thank David B
Carmel Valley, California
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Walking the many trails through the gorgeous scenery is such a pleasure. There are many entry points. Some by the Carmel River and the main entrance on Carmel Valley Road. Beautiful wild flowers, great vistas, variety of hikes from easy to hark. Just a special offering to visitors and locals.

Thank pstearn
Marina, California
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

We have a local cub scout pack, and we love hiking here lots to see and do, Good geo caching as well.

Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Lots of variety of trail difficulties, and dog friendly (dogs allowed off leash as long as they respond to voice commands)!

Thank jhiptothedel

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