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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Great hike at any level of fitness

We had a very nice 4 mile hike in the Garland Park. NOTE: A local told us about possible car... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
Houston, Texas
Beautiful hiking

Lots of trails; dog friendly, horse friendly, and you can make the hikes as simple or as rigorous... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
Carmel Valley, California
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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 January 15, 2019

We had a very nice 4 mile hike in the Garland Park. NOTE: A local told us about possible car break-ins, so we used Lyft to and back (Lyft is always fun). The welcome center is open until about 4 pm, but you'll probable want...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

Lots of trails; dog friendly, horse friendly, and you can make the hikes as simple or as rigorous as you like. Great views from atop the hills

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cvtcss
Reviewed January 7, 2019

Spent about 2 hours here at Garland Ranch Regional Park. We hiked several trials, beautiful views, very peaceful. Not a lot of other hikers (went on a Thursday) around. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 237larryz
Reviewed January 3, 2019

We were housesitting in Carmel Valley and wanted someplace to run and hike. The waterfall trail is beautiful (and hilly!!). It looked like there were plenty of other trail options (some of them flatter maybe) as well. I think this would be a nice place...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robert M
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

We were there in winter, there were no flowers, leaves are off the trees, vegetation sparse. But it was a wonderful time to see the underpinnings of the park. We took the lupine trail, met many people most with dogs enjoying the romp. Definitely a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 295SD
Reviewed December 11, 2018

No one should come here. There are snakes, sometimes mountain lions. Dusty, boring place. LOts of hikes to mediocre destinations. Stay away

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank boppapat
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

The park is basically a series of trails most of which climb up to Snivelys Ridge - you can choose your route. do be prepared because if you decide to go to the ridge then it is quite an ascent. You may huff and puff...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank travelkat2570
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank N3018QVmarkh
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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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.