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Palomar Mountain State Park

State Park Road, Escondido, CA
760-742-3462
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Ranked #4 of 22 Attractions in Escondido
Type: State Parks
Description: This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern California.
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New Braunfels, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a crazy drive to get up to this very beautiful park. Lovely hikes and beautiful scenery. Wonderful trees!

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

My family and I loved this place! Best hike ever! We went on a Tuesday. There were not many people. The drive up was gorgeous! There was a huge picnic area. We drove around the park and followed the signs to Doane Pond, parked the car, and took the Cedar Trail to Thunder Springs. My 5 year old went to... More

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Carlsbad, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

The overall experience was good, down side was that the pond was covered over with weeds and could not cast without becoming entangled. Ranger was not helpful but said that this is not the time to come and we do not have money to dredge. If you are going to fish not the place to go.

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went camping at Doane Valley in Palomar Mountain State Park. We had sites 25 and 26 (sharing with friends). The sites were very close together and we were able to put up 5 tents between the 2 sites. If you just book 1 site, it wouldn't be very private since they are very close (I'd recommend just booking both... More

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Vista, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Theres plenty of hiking, camping and places to just relax on the mountain. During the fire season, the forest fire lookout on boucher hill is in operation. Its one of two lookout towers in service on palomar mountain. Boucher hill is open to the public, at the descreation of the lookout on duty for the day. great views.

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Oceanside, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The climb up Palomar is incredible and the views spectacular. Took some visitors up with me and they loved seeing the telescope and the cooler temperatures were pretty good too.

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Antioch, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

So just the drive up to this place is worth it...sweeping views! Make sure you are aware of bicyclist and motorcyclists, for there are a lot of them on the road. We went up and did a 4 mile hike (the ranger was helpful in directing us to the right one). The hike was great, but the bugs were awful!!... More

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Escondido, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Home of Palomar Observatory and a lovely place to go camping or a nice day trip The telescope is amazing you must check it out, There is a lovely café I have been to many times and it is always good. If you want to camp I would call ahead to reserve a space, there are many camp grounds..

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Pauma Valley, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We love to take visitors up to Palomar. The drive up is wonderful, be sure to stop and look at the views. The observatory is so cool, just walking around it gives me a sense of wonder.

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New Hartford, CT
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Small but impressive displays of stars, galaxies, etc. Good interactive videos, etc. And viewing the actual telescope was awsome!

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