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Palomar Mountain State Park

State Park Road, Escondido, CA
+1 760-742-3462
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Easy hiking, Small campsites, encroaching neighbors, bugs, nice trails!!

The title sums it up!! Very family friendly...but I'm past that point in my life. I know, I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Deborah A
Breathtaking Sunset

WOW! Parked and walked up to the top. Beautiful downhill views. A bit cloudy when we visited, but... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
Houston, Texas
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This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern California.
  • Excellent53%
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  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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State Park Road, Escondido, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The title sums it up!! Very family friendly...but I'm past that point in my life. I know, I know...what can I expect so close to civilization!? Came mid-week, had one quiet day. Stayed in site 16. Stairs up or down to most campsites. Fortunately no...More

Thank Deborah A
Reviewed 26 April 2017

WOW! Parked and walked up to the top. Beautiful downhill views. A bit cloudy when we visited, but it was still beautiful. Great place for a picnic

Thank R S
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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...More

Thank bigtomscience
Reviewed 1 April 2017

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

Thank edheffner46
Reviewed 29 March 2017

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
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...More

2  Thank pdorschel
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...More

1  Thank CKay711
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
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....More

Thank ricsandimas
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...More

Thank txmomofjandr
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Jessica J
Hey I'm looking to stay at a camp site on palomar mountain. Which site #'s are the best? Great view? access to trails? near the pond or observatory?
6 April 2017|
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!
Is it possible to have 2 vehicles when max says 1? The camp sight says its for 8 people, yet only allows one car?
18 July 2016|
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Response from DebMurphy57 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure since we were just day visitors. You can call 760-742-3462 for park information.