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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
05:00 - 22:00
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Sun 07:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 05:00 - 22:00
Sat 06:00 - 22:00

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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20 Inches of rain in 2 days is quite remarkable. Thats what Palomar gets at 5,000 up

A pristine oasis of pine and oak shines like a natural gem admidst the rolling chaparal hills of east san diego. Go to the top to check out Bouchers lookout. You will be amazed at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Diego,CA
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San Diego,CA
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A pristine oasis of pine and oak shines like a natural gem admidst the rolling chaparal hills of east san diego. Go to the top to check out Bouchers lookout. You will be amazed at the incredible amount of wildlife especially the birds that tend to be all around during daylight hours

Thank bigtomscience
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to go on a motorcycles. lots of curves and beautiful panoramic view. nice sunday getaway

Thank edheffner46
Mesa, Arizona
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a long drive up, but worth it. Great Views, different bio-zones, fun!. Great trees at the top!!! The Observatory is a 20th Century Wonder...the peak of industrial technology post WWII that still is a marvel today. Must See!

2 Thank GandEst
Valley Center, California
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91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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 

1 Thank pdorschel
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171 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank CKay711
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

1 Thank ShelbyJean123
San Dimas, California
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57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 

Thank ricsandimas
Plano, Texas
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68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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 

1 Thank elstx61
Jenks, Oklahoma
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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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