Observatory Campground


There are a total of 42 sites, 36 single sites and six doubles.

The Observatory Campground is open seasonally from April to November and closes during the winter from December to March. During the summer months, visitors have the option of participating in "Star Parties," where the world-renowned observatory allows amateur astronomers to gaze into the night sky with high powered telescopes and explore the beauty of space.  

At a Glance

Reservations: The 36 single and 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
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.

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

RV Camping

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


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