Garrapata SP

State Park

NOTE:  Back side of Rocky Ridge Trail closed indefinitely due to poor and potentially hazardous trail conditions.

The park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. The park also features outstanding coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.

The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur).

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.


Dogs are only allowed on Garrapata Beach and must be kept on a leash (6-foot maximum length) at all times.  Observe all posted park signs.  

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Call the park

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (831) 624-4909

  • Region

    Central Coast



  • Purchase Annual Passes



Operating Hours

Call the park

Special Events

For information on weddings and special events, call 831-624-3407 or e-mail the Special Events Coordinator.