Description

Located within earshot of the famous Palomar Observatory, this well-named campground offers visitors numerous camping outlets such as RV parking stations, well-defined tenting areas―and electric outlets themselves. And be sure to take the scenic two-plus mile hike to the California Institute of Technology's main attraction which the campground itself is named after. However, be Continue reading...
Located within earshot of the famous Palomar Observatory, this well-named campground offers visitors numerous camping outlets such as RV parking stations, well-defined tenting areas―and electric outlets themselves. And be sure to take the scenic two-plus mile hike to the California Institute of Technology's main attraction which the campground itself is named after. However, be sure to book your next visit online at least eight-days in advance; you’ll be counting your lucky stars that you did.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
28
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Showers available
No picnic table
No RV hookup
RV sanitation available
Fishing
Hiking
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Biking
Boating
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at Observatory Campground

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Hipcamper Jesse

Fun place to camp up in the mountains, especially if you like astronomy. There are concrete pads at some of the sites for you to set up your telescope! Nice hike from the campsite up to the observatory. And be sure to look for the giant pinecones!

Hipcamper Kevin

Bring bee and fly traps when we were there they were out of control!?

Hipcamper Adam

They don't (as of 4/28/17) sell firewood at the campground. Bring your own

Hipcamper Natalia

Great mountain getaway! The observatory is nearby for a daytime visit. Lots of shade, so prepare for cooler temps even in summer time. Beautiful skies in the mountain, but you need to hike a little to see it because of the trees.

Hipcamper Aimee

This place is beautiful and has water, showers, and bathrooms. Some of the spots are away from the parking lot and a little feel more private. My biggest complaint here is the bugs! I understand that bugs come with camping but this is out of control. Our camping neighbors were surprised by them as well. I was coverd in mosquito and flea bites after one night and I used bug spray with deet. There were also a very persistent swarm of flies that would not go away until after the sun was down and would be right back in the morning. At least they didn't bite.
If there was some type of bug control this campground would be an A+

Hipcamper Joey

There is no service here at the campsite. The Observatory Trail is a great hike, but check Observatory hours if you are looking for a tour. They are limited.

Park
Palomar Mountain State Park
State
California
Phone Number
(760) 742-3462
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
33.343° N, 116.877° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 28 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)