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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Address: 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
Phone Number: 8313723196

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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Nice hike on a Saturday morning

We did a nice 3.5 mile hike to the waterfall (although it was dry this time of year). Not too strenuous, gorgeous views. Wished we had more time to explore.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Helena, Montana
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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did a nice 3.5 mile hike to the waterfall (although it was dry this time of year). Not too strenuous, gorgeous views. Wished we had more time to explore.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can pick a hike from a few hundred yards to many miles. The new visitor center and the surrounding interpretive exhibits are only a few hundred yards from the parking lot. Trail maps are available for purchase or loan. There are a couple of 1 mile trails on the flat river bottom if you only have a few minutes... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great way to get some exercise after indulging in everything that Carmel has to offer! There were walkers, runners, and people on horseback. Very peaceful and you don't notice a lot of tourists, a big plus!!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a great hike along the Buckeye nature trail and wove around a few trails to get to the currently dry water fall trail. Lots of shade once you get up into the hills. We saw signs about the process native Americans would use grind up buckeye seeds and acorns. It was very interesting. We found acorns and tried... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Carmel and discovered that you can't take dogs hiking in Point Lobos. Our concierge recommended Garland Park, and it was a great recommendation. Miles of well marked hiking trails allow you to make the hike as easy or as hard as you want. Best part was when we let our dog play in the river. Absolute puppy joy.... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We visited this regional park for the second time, a few weeks ago. I love this place as it has very good trails ranging from easy and short, to long and strenuous. Also, there is a very nice visitor's center with friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who can help you determine the best trail for your particular interests and needs. The... More 

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Garland Park is a large park that has numerous hiking trails. You can be challenged by an all day hike up the hills or you can choose to have a 1 to 2 hour walk around the valley floor. Hiking is the most popular. Dogs are allowed. Some trails are accessible by horseback. No bicycles or motorized vehicles.

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Hiked for a good 60- 90 minutes. Really nice park. Bring water. Helpful staff. Decent bathrooms on site.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We went hiking with dogs here, and it was lovely. The yellow grasses in contrast with the dark green trees and blue sky were beautiful. There are nice hiking trails that climb up into the hills and give you a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape. The old farm buildings, landscape, and vegetation are a photographer's paradise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We needed to work off our lunch, and I read about this park on Tripadvisor and decided this was just what we needed. There are quite a few different hikes for all hiking levels. We had planned on just doing the Lupine Loop, which was very flat. But seeing the sign to Rainbow Falls, we thought we would enjoy the... More 

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