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Palomar Mountain State Park

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Address: State Park Road, Escondido, CA
Phone Number: +1 760-742-3462
6:00 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 California.

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

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Great Views at Boucher Hill!

I must have made it just after the recently paved road was opened--judging by the recent reviews. I caught the most beautiful sunset I have seen in a long time! This was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
San Dimas, California
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San Dimas, California
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I must have made it just after the recently paved road was opened--judging by the recent reviews. I caught the most beautiful sunset I have seen in a long time! This was accomplished at the fire lookout tower, and thanks to the park forestry interpreter. The Silvercreek picnic area is nice and with plenty of room for lots of people.... More 

Thank ricsandimas
Plano, Texas
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67 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We purposefully drove to Palomar Mountain State Park to see the scenic overlook loop that was advertised. We were in CA for a short visit and had only one day to pick a place to go and hike/photograph. We get there and that road has been recently paved and has no access. Too bad the state parks department doesn't keep... More 

Thank txmomofjandr
Plano, Texas
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We were in the area visiting from Texas and had a day where we could go see some sights. I found Palomar Mountain State Park online and it looked very interesting, especially the Boucher Hill Fire Lookout. I dabble at photography and this looked like a great location. We paid our $10 and entered the park only to be greeted... More 

1 Thank elstx61
Jenks, Oklahoma
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101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

The drive to the observatory is long and winding. Bring a jacket as it is windy but heard that it danger warm during the summer. Checked in at the museum and gift shop before walking 100 yards to the observatory. There are 30 steps to the telescope to the glass atrium. It is a massive unit but was difficult to... More 

Thank dcwuellner
Nettlebed, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Enjoyable hike that can be linked to a visit to the observatory. Great views from the fire lookout. Due to post-fire regrowth there's quite a dense shrub cover in some areas, so less good views. Also we could have done with some fly repellent.

Thank EJGulland
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

Well worth the trip. The views are great. the phots taken by the telescope are wonderful. Drive up is by a very curvy mountain road. Have known others to get car sick, but worth it.

Thank Russ D
Annecy, France
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47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Went on our first family camping trip. If you get motion sickness make sure to take some dramamine for the drive up to the mountain. Once there the campsite was pretty easy to find. We managed to reserve campsite #21. It was an ok spot but we got a lot of sun. Walking around, I noticed that most campsites have... More 

1 Thank Celeste J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Nice State Park!!! Many trials, campgrounds and things to see. I like Doane Pond and Palomar Observatory. Well maintained! Be there earlier! The gate is closed at 3:45pm. Friendly and knowledgeable staffs!! Peaceful and quite place. Also, there is no entrance fee. Also, the view is great on the fire Lookout Towers on Boucher Hill.

Thank Pius H
Clayton, North Carolina
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

We are from North Carolina and were not familiar with the location of Palomar Observatory and State Park, We discovered it quite by accident while staying in the area, The drive up is awesome and the views along the one lane roads in the park are almost thrill seeking! The wild flowers were in bloom and so pretty and the... More 

Thank DebMurphy57
Southern California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

It's a winding road getting there but worth the trip. Be sure to take the tour. It's very informative.

1 Thank dandmkirk

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