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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 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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Enchanting Hike

Lovely park with endless trails. Each trail brings you to a new forest, experiencing it all. Very enchanting, diverse vegetation, beautiful Valley. Noisey though as it is close to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Carolin P
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely park with endless trails. Each trail brings you to a new forest, experiencing it all. Very enchanting, diverse vegetation, beautiful Valley. Noisey though as it is close to the Highway. Not sure if it's the valley echo but you could hear the highway traffic the entire time. Will definitely go back during our visit to Carmel.

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Menlo Park, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go here every time we're in Carmel for a nice long dog walk, followed by a trip up valley to Corkscrew Cafe or Lokal as a reward. Dogs love the freedom, we love the views, and the people you meet friendly. Nice change of pace from the touristy Carmel.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great park for a short hike. Ample free parking at entrance led to a nice 1.5 mi trail. Everyone seemed to have friendly dogs along, and we appreciated being able to unleash our lab. They allow leash or voice command options. Longer hiking trails also are present. Scenic views of the surrounding mountains and the creek make for a pleasant... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We enjoyed hiking in Garland Ranch Regional Park. Garzas Creek flows through the park. There is also trails that go to 2000 feet in the Santa Lucia Mountains. From there, one sees spectacular vista views. The park received its name from California community leader Mr. William Garland II. He spent many summers with his family on the ranch. It was... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Prized by the locals, this park keeps getting bigger and better. Very clear mapping and trail markers for anything from an hours' walk to an all-day hike. There is even a mountain biking area. Wish the museum was open more.

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La Jolla, Ca.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Wonderful hiking trails, beautiful vistas, well maintained but very natural feeling, well marked trails for every skill level. The wife and I love to hike and this was a great find a mile away from the Benarrdus Lodge where we were staying.

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Uppingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

This park offers many choices of trail, dependent on the time available and the fitness of the walker. We walked up to Snively's Ridge and, although it was a bit tough up the (published) 15% incline, the view of the valley from up there made the challenge worthwhile. One of the highlights of our holiday.

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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

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 

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Carmel Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

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 !!!!

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Monterey
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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.

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