Observatory Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

42 sites, including 5 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.
 
 
2013 Star Party Schedule:
 
April 12 & 13; May 3 & 4; June 7 & 8; July 12 & 13;  August 9 & 10;  September 6 & 7 ; and October 4 & 5.

At a Glance

Reservations: Campsites are available both by reservation on http://www.recreation.gov/ and on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Fees First come, first serve. Fees: $15/Night for single unit, $30/Night for double unit, $5/Night for extra vehicle
Open Season: April 1
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 InfoNot reservable
No. of Sites31 single site(s), 6 double site(s)
No. of Accessible sites6 of 37

RV Camping

Hookup - WaterNo
Reservation Info Reservable at www.recreation.gov
Hookups - ElectricNo
Dump StationsNo
Pavement Type for ParkingNo
Hookup - SewerNo
Hours of Operation: Seasonal use: Open April 1 - November 30

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
33.34277778
  Longitude : 
-116.8763889
  Elevation : 
4800