FRY CREEK CAMPGROUND, CA

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Fry Creek Campground is situated in the heart of Cleveland National Forest, uniquely located down the road from the world-famous Palomar Observatory. The fresh, clean air of the campground provides a refreshing getaway for visitors from San Diego and Los Angeles. The observatory, atop Palomar...

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Overview

Fry Creek Campground is situated in the heart of Cleveland National Forest, uniquely located down the road from the world-famous Palomar Observatory. The fresh, clean air of the campground provides a refreshing getaway for visitors from San Diego and Los Angeles.

The observatory, atop Palomar Mountain, boasts five high-tech telescopes, among them, the massive 200-inch Hale Telescope, was the world's largest effective telescope for about 45 years. The observatory is owned by the California Institute of Technology and astronomical research includes near-Earth asteroids and the study of distant galaxies.

Natural Features:

Fry Creek is at a 4,900 ft. elevation on Palomar Mountain. The area rises above the Pauma Valley and is dense with evergreen and oak.

Recreation:

At Observatory Campground, the site across from Fry Creek, there's a popular astronomy event called Explore the Stars.

Amateur astronomers gather here with their telescopes and share views of planets and constellations with visitors. The event takes place one weekend each month, April through October.

Facilities:

A loop hike, great for exploring local flora and fauna, surrounds Fry Creek.

The campground sits beneath a dense pine canopy, which is not ideal for stargazing, but Observatory Campground across the road has level cement platforms for telescopes and an amphitheater that's open to campers.

Nearby Attractions:

The visitor center at Palomar Observatory is 2.2 miles away and can be accessed by road or by hiking trail. A restaurant and gift shop are onsite.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Picnic Area
  • Pit Toilets
  • Star Gazing
  • Trash Collection
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • There are no electrical hook-ups at this facility
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FRY CREEK CAMPGROUND
S6
Palomar Mountain  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  7607880250