Manzanita Park is owned by the County of Monterey, there is no money
available to staff the park. There are no posted hours, people just
park outside the gate and walk in to hike, walk dogs, jog, or ride
horses. There are always a few park volunteers living in the park
to keep an eye on the place and do some maintenance. There is a
gate across the driveway into the park, but it is controlled by
the Youth Sports Complex that lease 50 acres of the park for sports
activities including soccer, baseball, and BMX events. The gate
is open when they have events and closed when their events, games,
etc. are over. A closed gate does not mean the park is closed to
the public, you can still park outside and walk around the gate.
majority of Manzanita Park (approximately 450 acres) is land set
aside as a Nature Preserve. There are trails through and around
this part of the park. The outside trails are dirt roads and the
inside trails are more like paths.
here if you'd like a map to the Park