Garrapata State Park

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Garrapata State Park
Garrapata Creek State Park near Carmel, California.JPG
Plant life at Garrapata State Park
Map showing the location of Garrapata State Park
Map showing the location of Garrapata State Park
Location Monterey County, California, USA
Nearest city Carmel, California
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Area 2,939 acres (1,189 ha)
Established 1979
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Garrapata State Park is a state park of California, USA, located on Highway 1 6.7 miles (10.8 km) south of Carmel and 18 miles (29 km) north of Big Sur on the Monterey coast.[1] It is marked only with one sign on the west side of the road. Numbered turnouts mark each parking area.[2] The 2,939-acre (1,189 ha) park was established in 1979.[3]

Garrapata State Park has 2 miles (3.2 km) of beachfront, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot (15 m) climb to a view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense coast redwood groves. The park also features coastal headlands at Soberanes Point.[4] California sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters while gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.[1]

The beaches in the park have been used for nude recreation.[5]


The area hosted the Ohlone and Rumsien tribes in the past. In the early 20th century it was the Ezequiel Soberanes Rancho, a cattle and sheep ranch. The ranch was later sold to the Doud family, who had a cattle ranch on the property. Features within Garrapata State Park still bear the names of these families.[2]


At the county level, Garrapata State Park is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Dave Potter.[6]

In the California State Legislature, Garrapata State Park is in the 17th Senate District, represented by Democrat Bill Monning, and is split between the 29th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Mark Stone, and the 30th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Luis Alejo.[7]

In the United States House of Representatives, Garrapata State Park is in California's 20th congressional district, represented by Democrat Sam Farr.[8]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Garrapata SP". California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Garrapata State Park". Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2012-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 24. Retrieved 2012-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Rubin, Sara (April 17, 2014). "With a new multi-agency agreement and a trickle of funding, trail engineers get to work on new routes". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 15 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Hanauer, Gary (17 July 2012). "Bay Area Nude Beaches Guide 2012 | SF Bay Guardian". Retrieved 2015-05-12. Garra<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Monterey County Supervisorial District 5 Map (North District 5)" (PDF). County of Monterey. Retrieved 21 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved February 2, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "California's 20th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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