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Outdoor Adventure

 

ARCHERY: BEGINNER CLASS
90 minutes; $55, Ages 12+

Nock, draw, loose! Archery has come to The Ranch with a “twang.” Learn this ancient sport from our master instructor at our beautiful target shooting practice area.

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BIRDING WALK
60–90 minutes; Complimentary

Join our Birding Expert on an informative hike in search of The Ranch’s flightiest residents—the seasonal and year-round birds flitting, soaring, singing, chirping, and strutting around the property. We’ll supply the binoculars; you bring your eagle-eye and patience. Beginners welcome!

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DISCOVER GEOCACHING!
90 minutes; $45 per player; children ages 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult

Tiny treasures are hidden around The Ranch! Whether you’re new to geocaching—the worldwide high-tech treasure hunt—or a pro, you’ll love using our specially programmed GPS devices and clever clues to find five caches placed strategically around the property. Fun for explorers young and old! Self-Guided Geocaching also available upon request.

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FIRESIDE FUN WITH THE NATURALIST
Fridays; 60 minutes; Complimentary

Join our Naturalist at the s’mores pit for Nature Show & Tell, marshmallow roasting tips, and more!

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FORAGING: SUSTAINABLE WILDCRAFTING
Offered seasonally, 90 minutes; $45 per person, Age 12 & Up, Meet in the Lodge

Building on the concept of foraging, wildcrafting is the practive of harvesting potent and unusual plants from their native habitats in a way that maintains the growth and health of the species. Wildcrafting brings us back to the days when our survival depended on protecting the land. Mushrooms, herbs, and other plants have long been sought-after ingredients for both medicine and cuisine. In this class, mycologist and western herbalist Mariah McDonald and wildcrafter Spencer Jones will take you out to explore our secret gardens and hillsides in search of ingredients for creating nourishing food, teas, and tinctures. 

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HIKING AT THE RANCH
 

Get to know the trails of Carmel Valley Ranch and surrounding hills on a guided hike with our Naturalist. Private on- and off-property hikes, including excursions to Point Lobos State Reserve and Garland Park, available upon request with 24-hour notice.

Horseshoe Loop
(60 minutes; Complimentary)
Join our Naturalist on a leisurely, family-friendly walk to enjoy stunning views of The Ranch as you learn about our 500-acre playground. Easy to moderate difficulty.

Ridge Views
(90-110 minutes; Complimentary)
Take a brisk hike up the Horseshoe and Mucklehead Trails to the spectacular ridge above The Ranch, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the valley below. Recommended for ages 7+. Moderate difficulty.

Sunset Point
(60 minutes; Complimentary)
Explore our beautiful property in the waning light, taking in panoramic views of Carmel Valley and the ocean in the distance on this hike up to the Hilltop Corral above The Ranch. It’s the perfect way to end the week—and start your vacation! Easy to moderate difficulty.

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MEDITATION WALK
90 minutes; Complimentary

Relax your body and quiet your mind with a gentle walk to a peaceful spot, where you’ll be guided through a meditation focused on reflection, relaxation, and intention. Perfect for those who are new to meditation or those with a consistent practice.

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NATURE WALK
60 minutes; Complimentary

Join our Naturalist on a gentle walk around the property, learning about the unique plants and animals that inhabit our 500-acre playground.

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WHERE THE WILDFLOWERS ARE
March-May; 60 minutes; Complimentary

Join our Naturalist on a gentle walk around the property, learning about the plants popping up this time of year. From fiesta flower to fairy lantern, from stork’s beak to sticky monkey, you’ll discover the fascinating adaptations behind the whimsical names of our favorite flowers.

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A 24-HOUR COURTESY POLICY APPLIES.

All bookings shall be considered confirmed. Please notify Guest Services of any cancellations. Bookings cancelled prior to final 24-hour period shall receive a full refund of registration fees. Cancellations within 24 hours of class time will receive a 50% refund of registration fees. Failure to attend without notification of cancellation will result in full payment. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. ALL CLASSES AND PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.