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
Driving Directions: Directions to Doane Valley Campground

Recent Trail Reviews

6/20/2009
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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
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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.


7/14/2006
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They had 8 X 8 X aprox. 24 high post at about 48 apart throughout the campground and I arrived at night and did not see them. One of them tore my slider frame apart on my trailer, another banged my shin, and one my knee and one cut up my son and law, because they are hard to see on a dark night. The camp hosts were quite nice and helped me get my trailer into the spur without any further damage, and worked with us. Unfortunately we were there during the Yucaipa fires and were forced to leave early, so we could not truly enjoy the campground. It was beautiful during the day, but I still managed to bang against a post. Also be aware that a car door could easily be opened against one of these posts and be severally damaged.


7/23/2005
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The campground was very nice. Enough for the women not too much where you feel like you aren't camping. Very clean and surrounded by nice trails. Creeks were barely running but still nice.



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