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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Address: 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
Phone Number: 8313723196
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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Multi purpose "natural" park

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
John L
Reno, Nevada, United States
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Reno, Nevada, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Salinas, California, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Took a 3 mile hike with friends on Valentines Day...I would say the trail we took was easy. Lots more that we didn't take as we had first timers with us. Nice well maintained. Saw lots of poison oak...stay on the trails. The dogs love it...and the river was why up. We took our dogs back on Sunday just so... More 

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Los Altos, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Lots of trails. Some shaded. Some not. Climb to the top for views of the valley. There are information boards about the fauna and flora. And a gallery with art and photos of the region.

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Richmond, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Garland Ranch offers abundant trails for whatever your ability is. Your dog can be off leash if it is under voice control. There are flat valley trails or you can hike up into the hills with great views of Carmel Valley. There are so many trails that you can visit again and again and discover new, beautiful spots.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Loved the maintained trails, and that horses are allowed (even though I don't ride). There are ticks so be careful when you are done hiking to check!

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Mountain View, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

nice park,, go uphill to get away from the highway noise. In the shade can be cool. lots of dogs, some off leash so if that bothers you beware. We like dogs so it was nice. Signs for mountain lions at present but note it is more dangerous to cross a street or get in your car.

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Bend, Oregon
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130 reviews 130 reviews
37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I used to ride horses all over these hills. Now it is a County Regional Park. That means that everyone gets to use this land. Well behaved dogs are welcome. There is a self guided interpretative trail that has great history on the how the Native Americans used poison oak and acorns, and even a grinding stone. Also, there is... More 

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sarasota, florida
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26 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Any walker can find pleasure here. There is a visitors center and ALL the trails are mapped out....truly a nature experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Wow, great weather, great views and an invigorating hike was enthusiastically enjoyed over the Labor Day holiday weekend!! It was obviously a well liked place by others as well because there were a number of hikers partaking of this wondrous place! The fact that it was only 2.5miles from where we were staying made it just that much more attractive!

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