Observatory Campground is located in the Palomar Mountains of Southern California, two miles from Palomar Mountain Observatory. The campground, located in Cleveland National Forest, sits at an elevation of 4,800 feet and offers great star viewing on clear nights. It is closed from December to March.

Site Info


Access: Vehicle


  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Ring/Grill
  • Garbage Cans
  • Picnic Table
  • RV Camping
  • RV Hookup
  • Pit Toilet
  • Flushing Toilet
  • Shower
  • Tent Camping

More Info

Official Website: Visit Website

Information Number: 760-788-0250


Driving Directions

From San Diego, California, drive south on I-15 to State Highway 76. Go east on 76 for approximately 20 miles and turn left onto South Grade Road (County Road S6). Follow to the top of Palomar Mountain. Once at the top, turn left to continue on South Grade Road/Canfield Road. Continue for approximately 2.5 miles and turn right into the campground.

The closest address to the campground is 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain, California. The campground is about 2 miles north of this address along Canfield Road.

Coordinates: 33.34167,-116.87861

Elevation: 4,800 feet