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Observatory Campground

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About This Campground

Cleveland National Forest

Science buffs and families are drawn to Observatory Campground for its proximity to the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center of astronomy research operated by the California Institute of Technology. Just two miles from the observatory, the campground provides visitors with a unique learning…

Fee Info

Fees: $15/night for single unit, $30/night for double unit, $5/night for extra vehicle. A Forest Adventure Pass is required for day use, but is not required for camping. No Walk Up Campsites are available from 7/15/2020 to 12/31/2020. No exceptions.

Reservation Info

The 32 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.

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
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  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

Reviews

12 Reviews of Observatory Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Reviewed Aug. 2, 2021

Cozy-ish

Stayed mid-week in late July 2021, not at all crowded. There is no camp host or ranger, kind of a free for all. Overall I guess I’d come back but here are the pros and cons:

Spaces Most spaces on the outside of the loop are woodsy and pretty private (stay away from inside the loop unless you want…

  • hikes from Doane pond parking lot about 10min drive from observatory campground, follow sign to palomar state park
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Site10
Month of VisitAugust
M
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Kicked Out -WTF?

We just snagged the last open site and started setting up when two National Forest officers showed up and told us the campground is closed. They said it was due to an “emergency response to some tree disease” and they needed to do some cutting. Whoever heard of emergency tree-felling? Apparently…

SiteNONE-GOT KICKED OUT!
Month of VisitJune
M
Reviewed May. 1, 2021

Nice but needs some attention

Very pretty setting in forested valley below the famous telescope (now closed to all visitors - even to walk around outside). 30 or so sites, nice variety, some cater to astronomers, handicapped, doubles. The only bad thing I was SO looking forward to a hot shower on my check out day. But the…

Site4
Month of VisitMay

Location

Observatory Campground is located in California

Directions

The closest address to the campground is 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain, California. The campground is about 2 miles north of this address along Canfield Road. From Los Angeles, California, drive south on I-15 to State Highway 76. Go east on 76 for approximately 20 miles and turn left onto South Grade Road (County Road S6). Follow to the top of Palomar Mountain. Once at the top, turn left to continue on South Grade Road/Canfield Road. Continue for approximately 2.5 miles and turn right into the campground.

Coordinates

33.34166624 N
116.87861175 W

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