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part ofCleveland National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Nov 14 2015   Season Dates


Crestline Group Campground is a convenient place for large families, church groups and other social gatherings of up to 50 people. The facility is a popular recreation site for visitors going to the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center of astronomical research by the California Institute of Technology in north San Diego County. Hiking, biking and picnicking are available nearby.

Natural Features:

The campground sits at an elevation of 2,800 feet in the Palomar Mountains of Southern California. The site is forested but has plenty of open space for star gazing and playing.


The campground makes a good base camp for visiting the Palomar Observatory Visitor Center and Palomar Mountain State Park or exploring the surrounding forest. Day hiking, backpacking, biking, picnicking and scenic driving are available in the area.


The accessible site is equipped with several picnic tables in the campground and cooking area, as well as an accessible vault toilet. RVs with a maximum length of 27 feet can be accommodated.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is adjacent to Palomar Mountain State Park and less than a two-hour drive from San Diego, California.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Star Gazing
Within 10 Miles
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Educational Programs
  • Hiking
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Fire restrictions may be in effect; campers should call the Ranger District for the latest information
  • Contact campground or Palomar Observatory for schedule of summer special events
  • Click here to learn more about Cleveland National Forest
    • 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.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    33.31278, -116.86472
    33°18'46"N, 116°51'53"W

    From San Diego, California, follow U.S. Highway 15 north to State Highway 76. Proceed east to County Road S6. Take S6 north to the top of Palomar Mountain. Group campground is at the junction of County Roads S6 and S7.

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    Project Office: (760)788-0250
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