Look to the stars for your next camping destination! Observation Campground is located in the Cleveland National Forest and boasts access to the Palomar Observatory as its main draw. This is the California Institute of Technology's observatory of choice, meaning that amazing research is taking place while you camp!
Peak times for people to visit the grounds are between April and October, though the park does stay open year-round. If you decide to go during the off-season, you won't have access to showers or flushing toilets, but there are also vault toilets on the premises. The sites are situated in a loop and can fit rigs up to 32 feet in length. One of the sites is wheelchair-accessible. For the avid stargazer, some of the lots feature a level area for you to set up your telescope on! There are also campfire rings with grills, and trash bins are located around the grounds. Drinking water is available during the peak season.
To get to the Palomar Observatory, campers must head to Observatory Trail (whose entrance is right near the amphitheater). Monthly "Star Parties" are a huge draw, attracting hundreds of star fans -- both experienced and beginner -- to view the heavens from Palomar Mountain.
During the day, there is still lots of fun to be had, as campers can hike around in Palomar Mountain State Park or pack a picnic to enjoy al fresco. Birders also enjoy this area for the unique feathered friends that seek this mountain for habitation. You'll find a general store just down the road so you can fill up on supplies for your stay.
Canine star enthusiasts are welcome to stay here; however, it is asked that you keep your doggo on-leash at all times. Please keep poop bags on your person throughout your stay and clean up after Fido whenever they take a bathroom break.
If the night sky is your source of wonder, don't miss Observatory Campground!