Observer Travel to Palomar Observatory
Palomar Observatory is located near the
Cleveland National Forest on Palomar Mountain in North San Diego County.
Street Address :
The following are a collection of travel resources for Palomar Observers and Visitors
35899 Canfield Road
Most observers/visitors will be driving themselves to Palomar.
This Google Maps link
will do a good job of providing directions (see the "Get directions" link).
If you find yourself needing more driving information, please see our
Palomar Driving Directions page.
IMPORTANT: the roads to Palomar, Highway 76 & South Grade Road (S-6), may
be difficult during and just after rain and/or snow events.
Road closures and rock/mud slides are possible at these times.
For road conditions :
Please note that many on-line & GPS programs can give incorrect directions for reaching the observatory.
Roads like Nate Harrison Grade and anything labeled a "truck trail" are not passable by ordinary vehicles.
One happy exception is the
Google Maps link
If you would rather not drive yourself to the observatory,
we have identified a number of shuttle/towncar providers
who can serve travellers arriving at
San Diego Airport
(estimated 80 miles to the observatory; all rates quoted to us ~ $3.50/mile + gratuity):
Acommodations: The Palomar Monastery
Our full-service observer's dormitory (food and room included)
is called "The Monastery". If you already have a Monastery account
with us, you can book your Monastery reservations on-line from the
Palomar observer login-in page.
If you don't have an account in the Monastery system,
our Observatory Administrative Assistant
(phone 760-742-2100) can assist you in making Monastery arrangements.
Please note that reservations booked less than one week in advance will
be assessed a late fee.
Monastery check-in is handled at the Monastery itself.
Visitor keys are available at check-in time.
Meals are included in your Monastery stay; most special dietary
requests (e.g. vegitarian, vegan) can be accommodated.
Please make your preferences known when you book your Monastery reservation.
First-time observers may find the full-size
Palomar Campus Map
image helpful in finding your way around the Palomar site.
The Security Gate
Outside normal business hours access to the observatory compound is
protected by a security gate. Gate access instructions are available
Palomar observer login-in page
or from our Observatory Administrative
Assistant Pam Thompson
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Last updated: 18 July 2012 AFB