Garland Ranch Regional Park

Big Sur Coastline, California

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Garland Ranch Regional Park


  • The primary parking area is along Carmel Valley Road.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • Walk from the parking lot over an old auto bridge to access the park.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • Upon entering the park, the trail system branches in multiple directions: the Museum straight ahead and the visitor center to the left.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • Garland Ranch Visitor Center, staffed daily by volunteers.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • A short interpretive nature trail near the visitor center.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • Swimming holes and wading areas located along the Carmel River.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • Trails tend to be well marked with signs and posts.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • The meadows near the visitor center provide flat walking trails and are great for observing wildlife.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • A bench looking at the northern end of the Santa Lucia mountain range.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • Multiple varieties of lupine grow throughout the park.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • A bridge along the Waterfall Trail.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • Scenic Fern Falls lies at the recent Kahn Ranch acquisition to the park.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • Views from trails atop the mountain crests.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • Hitchcock Canyon Creek flowing through a portion of the park.- Garland Ranch Regional Park
Overview + Weather
Variety of trails. Swimming holes along Carmel River.
Big Sur Coastline, CA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Garland Ranch Regional Park is a sprawling park system acquired from William Garland by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks Department in 1975.

The park is one of the largest public parks in the area, and it encompasses a variety of landscapes and ecosystems, including meadows, woodlands, chaparral, and canyons. Throughout this area is a well-marked trail system allowing visitors to hike or horseback ride to different sites of interest such as waterfalls, birding, wildflower observation areas, swimming holes, ponds, mesas, historical homestead corrals and barn buildings, livestock trails, and Native American habitation sites. There is also a museum and a visitor center—each located near the park's main entrance—open daily and staffed by volunteers.

Detailed trail maps are available for purchase for $1 from the visitor center. Otherwise, loaner maps are also available. There are dozens of trails throughout the park, many of which can be combined to create paths with a distance and difficulty suited to each visitor.

The more recent addition of Kahn Ranch to the park features additional hiking and mountain bike trails. However, it can only be accessed by special permit. Permit details are available here

Trail maps, drinking water and bathrooms are available at the visitor center. A short interpretive trail and benches are located at the visitor center.

Dogs are permitted on leash or under voice and visual command. Park hours are daily from sunrise until sunset.

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