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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 and relaxing walk through very beautiful scenery

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2016
Oakland, California
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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.

Thank Sonja W
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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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Carmel, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This park has a lovely lower loop that is flat and goes along the river and the edge of the mountains. There are several other trails that wind through the mountains, offering spectacular views. You can even hike all the way up to Carmel Valley Village mostly by trail, some road, but certainly not busy roads. Some trails are quite... More 

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Whalley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

My wife and I took a morning out to walk up to the top of the park. The views along way were beautiful but the walk quite strenuous but there are also walks around the valley floor

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Santa Ana, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

I hiked the trails here for about 4 years - sometimes daily, at least weekly, including the morning of my wedding ceremony:) Dogs can be omnipresent as can be feces. Earlier is, by far better; sometimes in crisp frost, sometimes for the blue sky that has yet to reach the coast or to experience a satisfying coolness that will evaporate... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Full of great dogs and people. The hike up to top of range is hard, but great. Parking is no problem and the cars seem safe. Ranger's office provides maps and drinking fountain.

Thank drlocke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Garland Ranch Regional Park consists of acres of land that have been donated by people in the Carmel Valley, or so I've heard. You can take a leisurely stroll on relatively flat trails, or hike up the hill for more exercise. It's an extremely pet-friendly area, and you can walk you dog off-leash if he/she responds well to voice commands.... More 

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