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Palomar Mountain State Park

State Park Road, Escondido, CA
760-742-3462
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Ranked #3 of 21 attractions in Escondido
Type: State Parks
Description: This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern California.
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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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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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10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

About 1 hour from the Welks Resort. We picnicked and visited the Palomar Observatory. The Observatory is open from 9am-3pm daily and you can go into the observatory building. They also have a small museum where they provide full explanations of the history of the observatory and how the telescope works. Would be great for kids to learn about. There... More

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

My family and I have camped for many years now, mostly at the beach, but this year we decided to try a camping trip to Palomar Mountain. We just returned from a four day/three night stay at the Doane Family Campground (August 2013). We had sites 25 and 26 booked. FYI. There is no privacy between these two sites whatsoever,... More

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Escondido, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Avoid the state park and go the NFS lands and campgrounds. The state's ranger tend to be quite overjealous. There is neat thing to do that doesn't require pay or getting out of the car, and that's taking the Nate Harrison grade Road up from Pauma Valley all the way into and out of the state park and on to... More

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