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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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Great place to hike

This is a great park with many trails and difficulties. It is dog friendly and a nice change from Ford Ord park as it has a lot of trails that have trees and shade. In addition... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great park with many trails and difficulties. It is dog friendly and a nice change from Ford Ord park as it has a lot of trails that have trees and shade. In addition, there are 2 places available to water dogs along the way. The best one I've found is off an equestrian trail with both a... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

One of the best places to hike on the Monterey Peninsula because there are so many trails for differing abilities. It is a great exercise as well as being quite beautiful.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A great choice for an afternoon hike. bring plenty of water, although (wonder-of-wonders), there are water fountains in the hinterlands. Pick and choose your route based on contour lines, and enjoy some of the best hiking on the Central Coast.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is the most wonderful park! Lots of good walks or if you prefer take a horse ride along many of the trails! Spectacular views of Carmel Valley from the higher trails!

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Carmel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Garland Park is a treasure! It has so many options for hiking and is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels! Want an easy hike? Check. Want a difficult cardio blast hike? Check. It is dog friendly and off leash, too -- but be respectful of the fact that horses are allowed on many of the trails. It is a... More 

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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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