More on the Palomar telescopes, in particular the Hale Telescope, on our full website.
On Sunday, February 18 in the Museum, Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar in Astrophysics Marianne Heida will give a talk titled "How to Weigh a Black Hole." The program will begin at 12:00 PM and all are welcome at no charge.
Map of the Observatory showing the location of areas accessible
to visitors. (Palomar/Caltech)
A virtual tour of the public areas is available on our full website.
Before You Drive
On the Observatory Grounds
For Mobility-Impaired Visitors
Paved path that leads from the parking lot to the Hale Telescope dome.
To the right, the Visitor Center's access ramp. (Palomar/Caltech)
Steps to the Visitors Gallery inside the Hale Telescope dome.
Find in Google Maps
Please be aware that some on-line and GPS programs can give incorrect directions
to Palomar Observatory. We recommend consulting the Google Maps link given above.
From Los Angeles or San Diego
From Palm Springs
|From the Los Angeles area||3 hours|
|From downtown San Diego ||2 hours|
|From Escondido||1 hour|
|From Temecula||1 hour|
Current Road Conditions
The following options are available to Palomar Observatory visitors:
Most Palomar visitors will tour the accessible areas (see Visiting Palomar) on their own.
To facilitate self-guided tours please listen to the mp3 tour podcast.
Tour podcast (9.2 Mb)
Public Guided Tours (Apr – Oct)
Educational Tours (Year-Round)