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Camping: California > Cleveland National Forest > Palomar Ranger District

Quick Facts

Observatory Campground

Elevation: 4,800 Feet (1496.3 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Maximum RV Size: 42 Feet (13.1 Meters)
Number of Sites: 42 Campsites
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Observatory Campground is located on Palomar Mountain on County Road S6, approximately 2 miles north of its intersection with County Road S7. Five of the 42 units are family double sites and 13 can accommodate trailers. You can find sites next to the meadow, underneath the oaks, or adjacent to groves of evergreens. The 2.1-mile Observatory Trail begins on the east side of the campground and ends at the Palomar Observatory parking lot.

Campground facilities include water, picnic tables, pedestal grills, fire rings, and vault toilets. Sites normally serve 6 to 8 people and 2 vehicles. There are no showers and no hookups or dump stations for trailers or recreation vehicles. Sites are first-come, first-served.

Directions from Warner Springs, CA: Travel south on Highway 79 to the junction with Highway 76. Travel north west on Hwy. 76 for 13 miles to the junction with County Road S6. Travel north on S6 to the campground. Located on Palomar Mountain 2 miles north of the S6 intersection with S7.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through November .

Fee Information
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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Observatory Campground
ICON Nature Study Palomar Observatory
ICON Hiking & Walking Observatory Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Observatory Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Palomar Ranger District

Related Activities
Observatory Trail - This National Recreation Trail offers an easy woodland hike to Palomar Observatory.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Palomar Ranger District, 1634 Black Canyon Rd. , Ramona, CA, 92065, Phone: 760-788-0250, Fax: 760-788-6130, mailprd/r5_cleveland@fs.fed.us


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