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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Terrific hiking

This was a great place for a day or half day hike. Wonderful vistas, easy and difficult trails... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2017
Weston, Connecticut
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Hiking for Everyone

We take our two black Labs to Garland almost every day. Some days we walk a long flat loop, other... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2017
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 August 13, 2017 via mobile

Garland uses both the land Garland donated plus hiking easements from other landowners. We should have had more than sneakers as some of the trails are so dusty they are slippery. Even though bikes are allowed we did not have them zooming around. Mostly couples...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

This was a great place for a day or half day hike. Wonderful vistas, easy and difficult trails, very well marked. Helpful ranger.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

We take our two black Labs to Garland almost every day. Some days we walk a long flat loop, other days we take a moderate to strenuous hike up the hill. We vary our outings between the main park on CV road and the section...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank ebcdvm
Reviewed August 8, 2017

I run and hike in Garland on a regular basis. The trails are well kept and range from easy to challenging. It's one of my favorite places, especially when the river is running strong, as it is now. It's a great place to take a...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Beth B
Reviewed July 31, 2017

During the summer my dog and I hike here several times per week. The valley floor has 2 flat loops, Lupine and Rancho, and the hill behind is crisscrossed by many trials going up to Snively's Ridge at 1,800 feet. The trails are well-marked and...More

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank David W
Reviewed July 24, 2017

Lovely place to stop have a small (or long) hike. Easy to navigate, babbling brook, ok to bring the kids, dogs, and horses. Not overcrowded or touristy. Just a nice peaceful place to enjoy the outdoors.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank longingforord
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

The trails are phenomenal and pets are allowed. The river offers a cool place to enjoy a picnic along the banks or just floating around.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank michelleaC8873UD
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

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank SF88
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

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank 4manns
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

Date of experience: June 2017
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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.