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Palomar Mountain State Park

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Address: State Park Road, Escondido, CA
Phone Number: 760-742-3462
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5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern...

This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern California.

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Great view of the valley

Having come form ny what a different exerience. Drove to top on the most curvy rd I've ever been on. Was 104 degrees in valley and 34 up top. Cool....could see the remnants of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Baldwinsville, New York
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Baldwinsville, New York
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50 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having come form ny what a different exerience. Drove to top on the most curvy rd I've ever been on. Was 104 degrees in valley and 34 up top. Cool....could see the remnants of forest fires past. I'm loving California and can't wait to plan a longer trip next year. The views are great with little pull offs on the... More 

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San Diego, California
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358 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Palomar is just an hour or so's drive from San Diego, and yet one feels that one has truly gotten away from the concrete! If you do go to Mount Palomar, by all means stop in and check out their telescope as just a few decades ago, it held the title of being the world's largest working telescope! Their tour... More 

Thank traveltoforeignlands
Escondido CA
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94 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This is a mountain top State Park in North San Diego County.Doane Valley campground was originally constructed by the WPA in the 1930's and it retains much of the charm of that work. There are only 31 campsites, but many are offset from the roads and most provide fair privacy. The mixture of evergreen and oak provides a lot of... More 

Thank SparkydogEscondidoCA
Vista, California
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64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

My wife and I went here back in Feb just to see what we could see. To our surprise we saw a lot. The view from the Ranger Station Fire Lookout is fantastic. However it was a little hazzy. The Ranger told us to come back in the fall when the haze is gone. We are planning on going there... More 

Thank Phil_and_Sandy_2008
San Diego, California
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106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We visited back to back weeks to Palomar State Park and then the observatory. It was a wonderful drive up and we even hit fog or clouds on our last visit and it was in the 40's in early May...the air was clean and the people were sparse...perfect getaway from the San Diego rat race. We went with friends and... More 

1 Thank Kevin B
Escondido, California
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This area is an oasis in the middle of the rat race of Southern California.Please be advised that is very cool at the summit and sometimes there will be snow,in winter.The state park has magnificent old trees.There is still some evidence of a forest fire years ago,but a lot of undergrowth is new.The views are spectacular and birders will not... More 

2 Thank puffery
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112 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Get out of the city and over the hills! 6000 feet in elevation gain from the valley below. Great views. Nice and cool at the top. Steep 7+% grade so if you are riding, start training.

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Long Beach, California
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Local but feels like a getaway. Lot's of traffic due to the snow From there we went onto Lake Henshaw specifically to go the Hideout Saloon but unfortunately it was closed. Oh well, next time. Luckily I was headed back to Rincon when everyone else was headed toward the snow...don't see that too much in San Diego!!!

Thank Miniboatfan
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There are lots of great little hiking trips to do at this 6000 foot elevation summit that makes you think as if you are not in San Diego anymore. From the highest observation point you can possibly see your house since you can see all the way from Riverside and Orange County to Mexico on a clear day. Bring binoculars... More 

3 Thank JOtterDPT
Eatontown, New Jersey
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137 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I have been coming here since childhood. It is a beautiful mountain setting not far from both the Angeles-Orange County-San Bernardino metro and San Diego. Picnicking and overnight camping are available in season. It is one of the few places in San Diego county where snow falls and gets far more rain then most of sounthern California. Deer abound. Be... More 

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