Rancho Corral de Tierra

North and east of Half Moon Bay up to Montara Mountain at 2,000 feet above sea level just 1 mile inland from the California coastline is the Rancho Corral de Tierra extension of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The 3,800-acres was transferred from the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) to the National Park Service in 2011 extending the national parklands of Milagra Ridge and Sweeney Ridge.

Located off Highway 1, south of Devil’s Slide between El Granada and Montara, and under the shadow of Montara Mountain, in San Mateo County. The area features rolling hills, ecologically vital watersheds, and miles of public trails with coastal vistas. A map of the area is here.

Rancho Corral de Tierra

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Rancho Corral de Tierra Features:

  • Dramatic ascent of 2,000 foot Montara Mountain
  • Scenic views above California State Highway 1
  • Multi-use trail segments for hikers, bikers, and equestrians
  • Headwaters of four important watersheds (Martini, Montara, San Vicente, and Denniston Creeks)
  • Riparian, coastal scrub, and coastal chaparral habitats supporting diverse array of animals and plants

Visitors to Rancho Corral de Tierra should be aware that the stables and farms in the area (Oceanview Farms, Cabrillo Farms, Renegade Ranch, Ember Ridge, and Moss Beach Ranch) are working operations. Visitors should not enter these properties or approach the animals without permission.