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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Address: 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
Phone Number: 8313723196
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Activities: Hiking, Horseback riding
Description: 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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Wonderful Park to hike under sunshine

I live close to the park and go there weekly! You can have a great map (pick up at the ranger's station) and hike around. Different trails have easy, medium, and hard levels. If... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Carmel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Nice routes - which could be better signaled. None the less, a delight to unwind. Did two routes and met friendly people along the way walking their dogs!

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Pebble Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

If your looking for dog friendly, equestrian trails, and miles of hiking/walking this park is for you. And, there is no entrance fee, $1.00 for a park map, or they have loner maps. There was a lot of poison oak, however the trails are wide enough to walk and not touch this plant. Before hiking we had lunch 3 miles... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I live close to the park and go there weekly! You can have a great map (pick up at the ranger's station) and hike around. Different trails have easy, medium, and hard levels. If it is too hot day - you can chose trails covered with old oaks and you are in shade. Enjoy wild flowers, mountain views, and if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It turned out that Carmel By the Sea was fogged in and the temperature was about 60 degrees. The sun was out brightly and the trails were easy to traverse. We enjoyed our "hike" before returning to Bernardus to enjoy the pool.

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Hollister, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Nice stroll through the park. Very nice visitors center. The attendant was very helpful with my questions about the area even though I'm from the area. Clean restrooms.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Garland features a range of trails, from flat loops great for running and gentle strolls to a peak-bagging ridge trail to a fire lookout. Plenty of parking beyond where you'll see the cars parked next to the road...

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Powell Butte, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Beautiful setting, great trails. Uncrowded and close to accommodations, convenient parking. Bring lots of water and avoid the middle of the day in the summer.

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Carmel Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

When Point Lobos is socked in with fog it can still be beautiful, but some people would prefer warm sunshine with a view. The Garland regional park provides this and more. Be sure everyone in your party knows what poison oak looks like and stays clear; the rash is a lot like poison ivy Back East and even bare sticks... More 

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Reno, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Very large park, formerly a ranch with extensive trails for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. The latter two separate from each other. Off leash dogs are allowed but, caveat, there are large stands of poison oak bordering the paths which made me very nervous about my off leash dogs. The Ranger also warned us that it was tick season but... More 

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San Jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Hiked the Garzas Creek trail. Lots of ups and downs with the creek flowing through and spectacular views of Carmel Valley from the "Ups". The trail was well maintained, but hiking boots are recommended. We went on a Friday during the day, so not very crowded. You share the trail with dogs and horses, but no bikes. Very healthy looking... More 

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Address: 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
Phone Number: 8313723196
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carmel Valley

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