Glen Deven Ranch | Big Sur
UPDATE: Due to air quality issues, safety concerns and the priority of keeping access roads clear during the Dolan Fire, hiking at Glen Deven Ranch is closed until further notice.
Glen Deven Ranch is an 860-acre property bequeathed to the Land Trust in 2001 by Dr. Seeley and Mrs. Virginia Mudd. With abundant woodlands, coastal river lands, grasslands and wildlife, Glen Deven is an icon of the Big Sur landscape. It was Virginia's dream that the ranch become an educational showplace for conservation, land stewardship and artistic inspiration.
That dream is fulfilled each summer, when the Land Trust holds our outdoor youth camps at Glen Deven. In many of our communities, there are various barriers which prevent youth from spending time outdoors in the awe-inspiring landscapes of our county. We are working to change this dynamic so that accessing open green spaces becomes part of a healthy lifestyle for all these kids. As teen campers from Salinas Valley and many other communities throughout Monterey County settle into Glen Deven's serenely beautiful environment, the transformational effect on these young lives is palpable.
Stewardship of Glen Deven Ranch includes a tradition of partnering with the neighboring community. The ranch is an emergency way station for Palo Colorado Canyon residents during times of flood or fire. The ridge road out through Big Sur Land Trust's Glen Deven Ranch has been designated as a fire emergency route. It is the second emergency exit for Palo Colorado Canyon.