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Palomar Mountain State Park

State Park Road, Escondido, CA
+1 760-742-3462
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Beautiful Drive

The day my husband and I drove up here it had snowed and was beautiful watching the sun come out... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kristie P
,
Manchester, New Hampshire
Peaceful and very cool

Drove out for day while staying in Carlsbad. Interesting drive up mountain to park, switchbacks as... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2018
Jak-cra
,
West Palm Beach, Florida
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This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern California.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“hiking trails” (8 reviews)
“san diego” (11 reviews)
“fire tower” (2 reviews)
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State Park Road, Escondido, CA
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+1 760-742-3462
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"fire tower"
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"paved road"
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"day trip"
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"southern california"
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"beautiful drive"
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"lookout"
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"telescope"
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"ranger"
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"observatory"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The day my husband and I drove up here it had snowed and was beautiful watching the sun come out and melt it all. Great views back toward the coast and crisp fresh air! The drive was very relaxed and a great way to spend...More

Thank Kristie P
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Drove out for day while staying in Carlsbad. Interesting drive up mountain to park, switchbacks as you climb from 2000 to 5000 feet. I’m from zero in Florida, so very exciting. The vegetation changes with elevation, so pay attention. No one at entrance when I...More

4  Thank Jak-cra
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

We spent a leisurely afternoon at this small park that sits at about 5,200 ft. in elevation. We enjoyed a 3-mile loop hike on a trail that gently descended and rose back up to arrive at a fire lookout station. If it's not crowded, it's...More

1  Thank Dale W
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

The views from the ridges, road and the Historic Boucher Fire Lookout are outstanding.There are a handful of short hikes over easy terrain for the whole family. (Most viewpoints are accessible by car so everyone can get a chance to see forever, or at least...More

1  Thank onthelooselive
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Palomar is beautiful all year long but, Fall is the best time to visit. This year we decided to go during their apple festival and I'm so glad we did! Palomar's apple festival was small enough to be thoroughly enjoyed by all. Best of all,...More

2  Thank Kelli R
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

My visit was a very pleasant surprise. I had not idea that a nice mountain camping experience was so close to home. The hiking trails offer outstanding vistas along the way and the campsites are very nice, considering the reasonable prices the state park system...More

Thank Dennis C
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

This is a review for the Palomar State Park Campsite. Each campsite had lots of space, clean bathrooms and showers and drinking water. The only bad thing was the mosquitos. Do not forget mosquito repellent!

2  Thank Mike H
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Enjoyed the ride as much as the observatory visitors center. We had one person in a wheelchair and did not experience the P200 dome that houses the Hale telescope. The visitors center is wheelchair accessible and has many interesting exhibits and short films - well...More

1  Thank JerseyJosie
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

There is an alternate route to Palomar Mountain that is just as gorgeous, if not more stunning, than the traditional drive. " Nate Harrison grade" also known as the "highway to the stars," . The winding dirt road is filled with views that are hard...More

1  Thank adam873
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

Forgot how much we love this place! Palomar mountain is easily accessible off of I -15 and is over 6,000 feet. Probably best known for the observatory, the state park is something that you should not miss if you like the outdoors. The drive there...More

Thank jenLeCreate
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Timothy F
12 March 2018|
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Response from Kelli R | Reviewed this property |
I’m not aware of any but, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. I do know there is a large Casino hotel at the foot of the mountain, Harrah’s Rincon I believe? Sorry this took so long.
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Jessica J
6 April 2017|
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Response from ricsandimas | Reviewed this property |
I didn't get a chance to go to the campsites; I stayed at the picnic area. I'm sure someone else will be able to help you. I definitely need to go back. Have a great stay!
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