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Observatory Campground (California) Make a Reservation

19952 SP Road
Palomar Mountain, California 92060
760 742-3462
33.3401, -116.9059

Palomar Mountain State Park features spectacular views of the Pacific, camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing (trout) in Doane Pond. Coniferous forests cover much of the 1,897 acres, in contrast with the dry lowlands surrounding the mountain. This is one of the few southern California areas with a Sierra Nevada-like atmosphere. East of the park is the world-famous Palomar Observatory.

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  1. Maria Mejia says:

    I’ve camped at this US Forest service campground several times and find it a nice alternative to the more expensive Palomar State Park. If you have ambulatory issues it’s much easier to get around in this campground. The Observatory is a short distance away and the trail from the CG is a moderate hike. You will want to bring some bug spray as the flies and mosquitoes are present! The reason to come to this location is the excellent view of the night sky. This CG is geared towards campers who want to stargaze. You will find it a popular place for amateur astronomers. The bathrooms are fitted with red lights so as not to disturb the stargazers at night. The facilities are reasonably clean but it’s a good idea to wear shower shoes and to bring some Lysol disinfectant wipes. The campground host is not always there. There is a small market and restaurant/gift shop just a couple miles away.

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Palomar Observatory

The park is off Highway 76, up Highway S-6, then left on Highway S-7 at the junction near the mountaintop.

  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Comfort Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Iron Ranger
  • Observatory
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Showers
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Pond
  • Wildlife Viewing
Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
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