If your dog is an explorer, they are going to love hiking the many trails that traverse the variety of terrains in this natural pupperdise. Ranging in elevations from 200 to 2,000 feet, the trails meander along the banks of the Carmel River and through stands of cottonwood and sycamore. Paths continue through canyons and woodlands before rising atop the Santa Lucia Mountains. The scenic views are picturesque, making this a pupular space for photographers.
There's also remnants of days gone by with a ranch, Rumsen Indian sites, and livestock areas. For day users only, this park is the ideal space for hiking, horseback riding, and bird watching. Access to the park is free, but you will need a permit to continue your adventure into the adjacent Kahn Ranch and its 1,100 acres.
The best part of this pawsome park is that dogs can go off the lead in most of it, making this spot an off leash woofderland. Dogs who aren't well-behaved need to stay on leash, but for those who do well under voice command, you can let them roam free. Be aware of posted signs, however, as some areas require dogs to be leashed. Stay on the trails to avoid poison oak, and always keep your dog in sight and under voice control. Water is provided in various locations to help keep both you and your pup hydrated. To preserve the cleanliness of the park, be sure to bring clean-up bags and promptly pick up after your dog.
For a day of relaxation and family fun, bring your pup for a day trip to Garland Ranch Regional Park!