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Palomar Mountain State Park

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State Park Road, Escondido, CA
+1 760-742-3462
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Historic and Beautiful

The story and view of the dome is impressive. The views from the top and on the drive up are great... read more

Reviewed April 25, 2018
BKam5491
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Peoria, Arizona
Beautiful Drive

The day my husband and I drove up here it had snowed and was beautiful watching the sun come out... read more

Reviewed April 4, 2018
Kristie P
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern California.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“hiking trails” (8 reviews)
“san diego” (11 reviews)
“fire tower” (2 reviews)
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State Park Road, Escondido, CA
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"hiking trails"
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"san diego"
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"fire tower"
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"paved road"
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"picnic area"
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"beautiful drive"
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"ranger"
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"observatory"
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

The story and view of the dome is impressive. The views from the top and on the drive up are great. April does a great time, warm but not hot and even on a Friday not too busy.

2  Thank BKam5491
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

The day my husband and I drove up here it had snowed and was beautiful watching the sun come out and melt it all. Great views back toward the coast and crisp fresh air! The drive was very relaxed and a great way to spend...More

Thank Kristie P
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Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

Drove out for day while staying in Carlsbad. Interesting drive up mountain to park, switchbacks as you climb from 2000 to 5000 feet. I’m from zero in Florida, so very exciting. The vegetation changes with elevation, so pay attention. No one at entrance when I...More

6  Thank Jak-cra
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Reviewed November 14, 2017

We spent a leisurely afternoon at this small park that sits at about 5,200 ft. in elevation. We enjoyed a 3-mile loop hike on a trail that gently descended and rose back up to arrive at a fire lookout station. If it's not crowded, it's...More

1  Thank Dale W
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Reviewed November 13, 2017

The views from the ridges, road and the Historic Boucher Fire Lookout are outstanding.There are a handful of short hikes over easy terrain for the whole family. (Most viewpoints are accessible by car so everyone can get a chance to see forever, or at least...More

1  Thank onthelooselive
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Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

Palomar is beautiful all year long but, Fall is the best time to visit. This year we decided to go during their apple festival and I'm so glad we did! Palomar's apple festival was small enough to be thoroughly enjoyed by all. Best of all,...More

2  Thank Kelli R
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Reviewed September 21, 2017

My visit was a very pleasant surprise. I had not idea that a nice mountain camping experience was so close to home. The hiking trails offer outstanding vistas along the way and the campsites are very nice, considering the reasonable prices the state park system...More

Thank Dennis C
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Reviewed August 20, 2017

This is a review for the Palomar State Park Campsite. Each campsite had lots of space, clean bathrooms and showers and drinking water. The only bad thing was the mosquitos. Do not forget mosquito repellent!

2  Thank Mike H
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Reviewed August 19, 2017

Enjoyed the ride as much as the observatory visitors center. We had one person in a wheelchair and did not experience the P200 dome that houses the Hale telescope. The visitors center is wheelchair accessible and has many interesting exhibits and short films - well...More

1  Thank JerseyJosie
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Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

There is an alternate route to Palomar Mountain that is just as gorgeous, if not more stunning, than the traditional drive. " Nate Harrison grade" also known as the "highway to the stars," . The winding dirt road is filled with views that are hard...More

2  Thank adam873
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Timothy F
March 12, 2018|
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Response from Kelli R | Reviewed this property |
I’m not aware of any but, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. I do know there is a large Casino hotel at the foot of the mountain, Harrah’s Rincon I believe? Sorry this took so long.
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Jessica J
April 5, 2017|
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Response from ricsandimas | Reviewed this property |
I didn't get a chance to go to the campsites; I stayed at the picnic area. I'm sure someone else will be able to help you. I definitely need to go back. Have a great stay!
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