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ARCHERY: BEGINNER CLASS
90 minutes; $50, 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; $35 Adults, $25 Ages 12 & under, with adult; Recommended for ages 7+

Tiny treasures are hidden around The Ranch! Whether you’re new to geocaching—the worldwide high-tech treasure hunt—or an old 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: THE WILD BUFFET
Offered seasonally, 90 minutes; $35 adults, $25 ages 12 & under; recommended for ages 12+

What wonders does the forest hold? Join our Naturalist on a hike around the property in search of the useful and edible plants all around us. Which common landscaping plant can be used to make a guava flavored jam? Which herb’s tea promises wild dreams? Enjoy our picturesque setting while you learn about the ancient art that is experiencing a renaissance with foodies around the globe. Cap off the hike with a taste of tea brewed from plants foraged along the way!

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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.