Doane Valley Campground

Palomar Mountain, California

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Palomar means “place of the pigeons,” and Palomar Mountain feels so Mediterranean, you’ll think you’re in Italy. There’s a sense of tradition and civilization on the mountain. Maybe that feeling comes from the fact that Native Americans gathered acorns here long ago, or drifts down from the incredible hand-crafted observatory on the summit. Or maybe it stems from the sense of awe observatory visitors get when they realize we live in but a tiny part of the universe. Anyway, Palomar Mountain State Park Campground offers good tent camping and great family camping.
The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California

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The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California

by Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai (Menasha Ridge Press)

Palomar means “place of the pigeons,” and Palomar Mountain feels so Mediterranean, you’ll think you’re in Italy. There’s a sense of tradition and civilization on the mountain. Maybe that feeling comes from the fact that Native Americans gathered acorns here long ago, or drifts down from the incredible hand-crafted observatory on the summit. Or maybe it stems from the sense of awe observatory visitors get when they realize we live in but a tiny part of the universe. Anyway, Palomar Mountain State Park Campground offers good tent camping and great family camping.

©  Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Palomar Mountain
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Palomar Mountain State Park
Topo Map: Doane Valley Campground Topographic Map
Guide Book: The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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6/20/2009

Nice clean campground. On 1st weekend of the season - no insects/bugs, by June lots of gnats and pine pollen falling like rain. Quite, stayed on Aspen Loop - seems to have the largest campsites especially sites in the 40's. Couldn't find a lot of local trails, but found a nice, short, easy, hike around the nearby meadows.

6/25/2007

It's a good campsite for car camping! Clean restrooms and they have water available in front of most campsites. Some campsites are a bit close to each other, but overall it's not too bad! Lots of trees around makes finding shade fairly easy. The camp hosts are super friendly as well! Big Bear Lake is approximately 20+ miles away. Takes about 30 minutes to get there.

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