Observatory Campground

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed
 

There are a total of 43 sites. Thirty-one (31) are single sites and six (6) are double sites.

An exciting amateur astronomy project, called Explore the Stars – Star Parties, occurs monthly during the spring, summer, and fall at Observatory Campground.  A group of amateur astronomers from across southern California bring the beauty and the awe of the night sky to more than a hundred non-astronomers at a location only two miles from the world renowned Palomar Observatory.
 
For more dates and general information please go to  Explore the Stars – Star Parties.

At a Glance

Reservations: Twenty-one (21) and six (6) double campsites are available  by reservation on http://www.recreation.gov/   Reservations must be made 8 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees There are ten (10) campsites that are first come, first serve. Fees: $15/night for single unit, $30/night for double unit, $5/night for extra vehicle
Open Season: April 1 - November 30
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Vehicles 32 ft. max.
Closest Towns: Santa Ysabel, CA
Water: Water
Restroom: Coin operated hot showers, Flush Toilet (1), Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service

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An exciting amateur astronomy project occurs each summer and fall at Palomar Mountain's Observatory Campground. A group of amateur astronomers from all across southern California bring the beauty and the awe of the night sky to more than a hundred non-astronomers at a location only two miles from the world renowned Palomar Observatory.

Reservation Info Twenty-one (21) sites and six (6) double sites can be reserved at www.recreation.gov.
No. of Sites 31 single site(s), 6 double site(s)
No. of Accessible sites Six (6)

RV Camping

Reservation Info Twenty-one (21) single sites and six (6) double sites are available by reservation.  Go to www.recreation.gov
Fire Information
Hookup - WaterNo
No. of Accessible sites
Hookups - ElectricNo
Dump StationsNo
Pavement Type for ParkingNo
Hookup - SewerNo
Hours of Operation: Seasonal use: Open April 1 - November 30

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Amenities

Toilets
Accessible six (6) sites are accessible
Picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities coin operated hot showers
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
33.34277778
  Longitude : 
-116.8763889
  Elevation : 
4800