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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Beautiful, varied and peaceful - what's not to like? There are creeks, valleys, hilltops, views... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
Mark H
Gorgeous hiking on well-maintained trails

Very easy parking, great staff to answer any questions and show you the trails and very well... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia
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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...more
700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
+1 831-372-3196
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

Beautiful, varied and peaceful - what's not to like? There are creeks, valleys, hilltops, views, redwoods and other flora and fauna. And, perhaps best of all, it is possible to go for a walk without feeling that you're in a queue with other people. Wonderful.

Thank Mark H
Reviewed August 10, 2018

Very easy parking, great staff to answer any questions and show you the trails and very well maintained. It was dry when we were there so we didn't get to see the waterfall, but it was still a lovely hike. Trails from beginner to advanced.

Thank mwakamo
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Wonderful hiking trails. Beautiful vistas. I have been hiking in Garland for 25 years. I have hiked with young children and older folks. There are trails for all levels of hiking.

1  Thank knielsen2016
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We started at the entrance off Boronda Road as we knew it would not be as crowded as the main park entrance. We went up Verdeen trail and came upon a rattle snake that was not getting off the trail. We went back to the...More

Thank 1219Robin
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

This park is near to Carmel Valley, and has plenty of trails to choose from, requiring varying degrees of effort. Bridle paths abound for those that like horse riding. Good signage information at points to show different plants and trees. Loan maps available at the...More

Thank MisterManHK
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful spot. Good free parking, a crystal clear river to paddle your feet in after a long hike, and a great visitor centre with so much info. There are restrooms, too. We did a six mile loop up and down. Up via...More

1  Thank breweruk
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Garland Park is a great place for walks and hikes on the Monterey Peninsula. This dog- and horse-friendly site features trails that span the shaded Carmel River, stands of cottonwoods and sycamore on an old floodplain, and trails that climb into oak- and maple-studded foothills...More

Thank Robert N
Reviewed January 22, 2018

You can hike easily and comfortably on mainly flat walks or you can pick something more challenging. It's all available here. Beautiful scenery, water falls (when it's not dried out), and many varied hikes. (The lower trails tend to have lots of dog walkers, but...More

Thank Judy C
Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

Uphill hike that gave a good workout. View at the top was fabulous with panoramic views from the top.

Thank Mos6
Reviewed December 28, 2017

My husband and I used to visit this park with our dogs when we lived in the area 20 years ago. Back in the area, we made sure to hike there again (without dogs). It was such a nice hike. As before, we encountered a...More

1  Thank T P M
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September 29, 2016|
Response from Mike B | Reviewed this property |
Access is limited to daylight hours from sunrise to sunset. No overnight use or camping is permitted. Almost all of the park is now open. There are a couple of areas still closed due to the fire, but they are quite a ways... More
September 29, 2016|
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Response from Areya W | Reviewed this property |
No permit for access to most of the park (parking on CVR, you have access to visitor center, bathrooms and many miles of easy to very challenging trails). Last I knew, a permit is required access to backlands, outer reaches... More
November 9, 2015|
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Response from Christine M | Reviewed this property |
You need to trailer in your own horses and use the trails at Garland Park. Trail rides to the public are offered at Pebble Beach Equestrian Center and Andrew Molera State Park (near Big Sur.) Trail rides are walking only.