Garrapata State Park

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Soberanes Fire Burns in the Redwood Region

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At the time of writing, the Soberanes Fire has burned over 60,000 acres in Monterey County and is about 45% contained. The fire area covers much of Garrapata State Park, a scenic and rugged redwoods park at the southern end of the coast redwood range. We don’t yet know whether, or to what extent, the park’s redwood groves are suffering damage; and while the primary concern is for the well-being of nearby human communities, it’s interesting to consider the implications of fires like this in the redwood forest.

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View from the Soberanes Trail.

Garrapata State Park

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On the northern end of the Big Sur coast, just 8 miles south of Carmel, is the hidden gem of Garrapata State Park. This unspoiled, 3,000-acre park offers spectacular views and diverse terrain to explore, including 2 miles of beachfront, breathtaking coastal headlands and canyons dense with redwoods.

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