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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Varied terrain - something for everyone

Get maps at the visitor center (free to loan; or keep for $1 donation). Several trails, all well... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2017
San Francisco
Peaceful yet impressive

We had a nice 4.5-mile hike which included open meadows, shaded groves of trees, and openings onto... read more

Reviewed June 22, 2017
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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 July 10, 2017

Get maps at the visitor center (free to loan; or keep for $1 donation). Several trails, all well signed, some are fairly flat and wide, and several head up into the hills. waterfall trail was a little incline, but easy to navigate on a well...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2017

We had a nice 4.5-mile hike which included open meadows, shaded groves of trees, and openings onto vista views. There are so many different options of hiking to choose from that any age will enjoy. It must be spectacular to ride horses on the trails....More

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Reviewed June 16, 2017

This is a lovely area, Carmel river runs thru it, large groves of oak and sycamore trees. Good place for spotting wildlife. Interesting visitor center. I always take out of town guests here and they love it. Good spot to get out of the fog...More

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Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

Loved this hike. We stayed nearby at the amazing Bernardo's Lodge and they recommended this hike...so glad they did. It has views of the Pacific from the top.

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

Escaping the cool fog on the coast, we headed inland for a hike here. Beautiful place to spend some time. We walked through the grove of Eucalyptus trees and hiked down by swiftly moving Carmel River before visiting the old barn. (Think Little House on...More

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Reviewed May 22, 2017

This is a jewel of the Carmel valley. We visited on a nice spring day and there were wild flowers in bloom everywhere. At the visitors center there is a 3D model of the park so you can get an idea of the ease or...More

Thank RobS012
Reviewed May 11, 2017

On a return visit - I hiked to the top of snively's ridge which is a tough hike that takes approximately 2 1/2 hours or longer to hike. Nice view of Carmel Valley from the top of the ridge. There are a number of shorter,...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2017

This is a beautiful park that offers something for everyone. In April and May the wildflowers are amazing (poppies, lupine, mustard, etc). The dam removal has allowed the carmel river to flow higher and longer, a great treat. There are flat looped trails (lupine loop),...More

Thank 2mchfn
Reviewed April 18, 2017 via mobile

Hiked this park in connection with a midweek stay in the Carmel Valley area. What a find. We are avid hikers and backpackers, spending most of our time in the Western Sierra. Garland Park was magical this time of year after all the rains. Lush,...More

Thank Randyhol
Reviewed April 18, 2017

it was our first time here. my father in law (78 years old), wife and I had a great time exploring the area. there are various hiking trails from flat to steep that all interconnect. there is a map so you'll never lost. wildflowers were...More

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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.