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Palomar Mountain State Park
P. O. Box 175
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060
(760) 742-3462



Palomar Mountain State Park features spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, in addition to rustic camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing for trout in Doane Pond. Coniferous forests cover much of the Park's 1,897 acres, in contrast to the dry lowlands surrounding the mountain. This is one of the few southern California areas with a Sierra Nevada-like atmosphere. The world-famous Palomar Observatory is located eight miles east of the Park.  We appreciate you keeping your campsites, day use areas, trails and restrooms clean and litter free.  We highly encourage recycling here and offer several recycling bins through out the park.


Camping: Both Cedar Grove Group Camp and Doane Valley Family Campground are currently on reservations. Reservations are highly recommended. There are 3 sites in Cedar Grove Group Camp and 31 in Doane Valley Family Campground. There are flush toilets, pay showers and drinking water available. Check in time is 2PM and check out time is noon.


Fishing:  A valid California Fishing License is required for all person 16 years of age and older prior to entering the park.  We do not sell fishing licenses at the park.  The maximum number of trout is 5.



  • From the west-Take Highway 76 east from Highway 15, left-north up Highway S6, then left-west onto State Park Road-Highway S7 at the junction near the store. Do not take Nate Harrison  Grade Road. 

  • From the east -Take Highway 76 west from Highway 79, turn right onto Highway S7, at the junction of S6 and S7 at the General Store turn left onto State Park Road-Highway S7.


Operating hours:   Day Use: 8 a.m. - sunset.   Camping: Open year round.


Rules and Regulations:  All vehicle codes are enforced.  The maximum speed limit is 15mph.  Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet, quiet and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed on any trails.  Camping and day use fees are due immediately upon entry to the Park.  If the entrance station is closed, self-registration is required. There is a maximum of 8 people allowed in each site and a maximum of 2 cars can park at each site.  Fires must be maintained, under control in a safe manner and in designated metal containers at all times.  This means if you leave your campsite for any reason, you must extinguish your fire.  Day use vehicles are not permitted in any of the camping areas.  Check out time is noon. 


Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing:  All four seasons are experienced at Palomar. Winter climates can be extreme. Layered clothing is always recommended.


Telephone: (760) 742-3462.  


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