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Palomar Mountain State Park

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Address: State Park Road, Escondido, CA
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+1 760-742-3462
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05:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 07:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 05:00 - 22:00
Sat 06:00 - 22:00
Description:

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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Good little 1/2 day trip

I've been taking friends and visitors to the park and Observatory for 30 years. It is always beautiful and the little hike area is perfect for "non-hikers". I love learning about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Valley Center, California
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Valley Center, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been taking friends and visitors to the park and Observatory for 30 years. It is always beautiful and the little hike area is perfect for "non-hikers". I love learning about our solar system in the museum too. You can do a more strenuous hike if you want also, but if you have younger kids, this is a great area... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is a cute little place to visit in Kit Carson Park. The mosaics are bright and beautiful. This would be a fun place for children to run around in. The circle is in an area where you can hike and it was a good little place to visit. Check the hours before going. Te circle is only open a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Such a beautiful place! Beautiful trees, plants, and trails! They have picnic areas and bathrooms spread about the park. There is a small fee for parking (I believe it was $10 or something?) but it's so worth it! We were there for hours.

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1 Thank ShelbyJean123
San Dimas, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 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 

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

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 

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Plano, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 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 

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Jenks, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 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 

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Nettlebed, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 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.

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Annecy, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 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 

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