Rancho Corral de Tierra: Fact Sheet
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is poised to assume responsibility for nearly 4,000 acres on the San Mateo County coast just south of San Francisco. Rancho Corral de Tierra (Rancho), one of the largest undeveloped pieces of land on the San Mateo peninsula, was planned for subdivisions, "ranchettes" and a golf course. Instead, its awe-inspiring views, important watersheds, miles of public trails, and diverse wildlife is now open to the public as part of our nation's natural legacy.
Date of inclusion into GGNRA
While visiting Rancho, please note that the National Park Service management of the area has just begun. Many of the existing trails are very steep and eroded and may be difficult to traverse until they are repaired or re-routed. Please use caution when visiting and respect private property.
GGNRA will manage 3,858 of the 4,262 acres of Rancho, with POST retaining ownership of the agricultural lands, including Cabrillo Farms and Ocean View Farms.
Rancho holds four watersheds: from north to south, Martini, Montara, San Vincente and Denniston Creeks all have their headwaters on Rancho. These stream systems provide important riparian habitat for a number of threatened and endangered species and offer wildlife a vital source of water, increased cover, and feeding and nesting opportunities.
Comprised of coastal scrub and coastal chaparral habitats, Rancho's isolated and relatively undisturbed condition provides unique and productive habitat for a diverse array of plant and animal species.
The property supports numerous federally-listed threatened, rare and endangered plant and animal species and a number of other special species of concern, including:
Historically known as "Rancho Corral de Tierra Palomares" (Earthen Corral), the property encompasses the majority of the 1839 Mexican Land Grant to Francisco Guerrero y Palomares where he built the first adobe on the San Mateo Coast at Denniston Creek.
Read 2010 Historic Resource Study for Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Mateo County, by Mitchell P. Postell, President San Mateo County Historical Association
Visible for miles, the property provides a scenic viewshed for California State Highway 1, part of the Cabrillo State Scenic Corridor.
Access to Stables
While visiting Rancho Corral de Tierra, please note that Ocean View Farms, Renegade Ranch, Moss Beach Ranch and Ember Ridge Stables are privately run operations. Visitors may walk on trails running through the stables. However, please do not feed or touch any animals or enter any buildings without the staff's permission.
Did You Know?
Alcatraz Island is the site of a large colony of Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis), the gull species that inhabits the Oregon and California coast. Individuals mate for life and come together each year on Alcatraz to defend their historic territory and raise three chicks.