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

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 Hiking Place in Carmel Valley

We were looking for a nice hike on our way to Carmel. Stopped for lunch in Carmel Valley and then headed to Garland ranch Regional Park. It is right outside Carmen Valley center... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bob T
Saratoga, California
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Saratoga, California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a nice hike on our way to Carmel. Stopped for lunch in Carmel Valley and then headed to Garland ranch Regional Park. It is right outside Carmen Valley center and about 10 miles from Carmel. What a pleasant place to hike. Very well kept trails; some with pretty steep hills. We walk for about 2 hours... More 

Thank Bob T
Carmel Valley, California
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just go there are simple flat walsk and very skilled hikes it's beautiful a piece of history gorgeous River very friendly bring you well behave dog and have at it !!!!

Thank Jana B
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

A fantastic 3000 acre park with plenty of trails for all levels from beginner to expert, flat or steep and lots of trees and vegetation to make you forget the real world. Great to walk or job.

Thank HonuNole
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I've lived on the Monterey Peninsula for almost 15 years, drove past Garland Park hundreds of times without stopping. I can't believe what I've been missing. I've been there 3 times in the last week. There is a variety of hikes for all people. The uphill hikes are challenging but if you get out of breath, just stop and enjoy... More 

Thank Christine M
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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 

Thank Kathie K
Carmel Valley, California
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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.

Thank Teri S
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
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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.

Thank eagleye49
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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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!

Thank Paul W
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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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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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