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Palomar-Mountain is the site of a small community and state park, located in the San Diego area of southern California. In contrast to the dry lowlands, Palomar Mountain is one of the few places in southern California where the climate is more similar to that of the high Sierra-Nevada Mountains region - it receives more rain than surrounding areas, and is covered with Coniferous forests. These conditions makes it perfect for growing grapes, and a winery is located on the mountain that offers wine-tasting to visitors. Palomar Mountain State Park has picnicking and year-round camping, excellent hiking and biking trails and fishing in Doane Pond. The Welk Resort Center offers a dinner theater, pool, tennis courts, two golf courses and a shopping pavilion. Be sure to visit the world famous Palomar Observatory, located at the 5,500 foot level on the mountaintop. As large as the Parthenon in Rome, the Palomar Observatory, which is open year round, daily from 9-4, is home to the historic Hale 200-inch telescope and has a museum and offers telescope viewing. Palomar Mountain community is also host to several events during the year, including an Annual Barbecue and Raffle in September and a Chili Cook Off, Ice Cream Freeze-Off and Horseshoe Tournament in July. Palomar Mountain State Park is about 35 miles from Oceanside off Highway 76.

Surrounding areas: Pauma Valley, California (8.4 mi), Warner Springs, California (14.4 mi), San Pasqual, California (16.6 mi), Mount Palomar, California (18.4 mi), Escondido, California (18.5 mi), Temecula, California (18.9 mi), Bonsall, California (20.2 mi)

Palomar Mountain Vacation Rentals

Palomar Mountain Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn La Estancia North San Diego3135 Old Hwy 395Fallbrook, CA16.4 mi.(760) 723-2888
Pala Mesa Resort2001 Old Hwy 395Fallbrook, CA16.4 mi.(760) 728-5881
Rodeway Inn250 W El Norte PkwyEscondido, CA17.7 mi.(760) 746-0441
Sheridan Inn1341 N Escondido BlvdEscondido, CA17.7 mi.(800) 258-8527
Pechanga Resort And Casino45000 Pechanga PkwyTemecula, CA17.9 mi.(951) 676-2768
Motel 6 #1047900 N Quince StEscondido, CA18.3 mi.(760) 745-9252
Howard Johnson515 W Washington AveEscondido, CA18.4 mi.(760) 743-1443
Best Western Escondido1700 Seven Oaks RdEscondido, CA18.5 mi.(760) 740-1700
Castle Creek Resort & Spa28950 Cir R WayEscondido, CA18.5 mi.(888) 723-3569
Comfort Inn-escondido1290 W Vly PkwyEscondido, CA18.5 mi.(800) 541-6012
Golden Door Fitness ResortEscondido, CA18.5 mi.(760) 744-6677
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1250 W Vly PkwyEscondido, CA18.5 mi.(760) 741-7117
Motel 6 #98160 E Calle PrimaroSan Ysidro, CA18.6 mi.(619) 690-6663
Ramona Valley Inn416 Main StRamona, CA19.1 mi.(760) 789-6433
Motel 6 #74341900 Moreno DrTemecula, CA19.9 mi.(951) 676-7199
Embassy Suites Hotel29345 Rancho California RdTemecula, CA20.0 mi.(951) 676-5656
Hampton Inn &suites28190 Jefferson AveTemecula, CA20.1 mi.(951) 695-4350
Ramada Inn Old Town Temecula28980 Old Town Front StTemecula, CA20.1 mi.(951) 676-8770
Rodeway Inn28718 Old Town Front StTemecula, CA20.1 mi.(951) 676-4833
Golden Door777 Deer SPGS RdSan Marcos, CA20.7 mi.(760) 744-5777
Lake San Marcos Resort1025 Ln Bonita DrSan Marcos, CA20.7 mi.(760) 744-0120
Best Western Country Inn27706 Jefferson AveTemecula, CA20.8 mi.(951) 676-7378
Temecula Valley Days Inn27660 Jefferson AveTemecula, CA20.9 mi.(951) 699-2444
Hampton Inn123 E Carmel StSan Marcos, CA21.0 mi.(760) 736-9249
Extended Stay America27622 Jefferson AveTemecula, CA21.1 mi.(951) 587-8881
Ramada LTD517 San Marcos BlvdSan Marcos, CA21.4 mi.(760) 471-2800
Comfort Inn Temecula27338 Jefferson AveTemecula, CA21.7 mi.(951) 699-5888
Fallbrook Country Inn1425 S MSN RdFallbrook, CA21.8 mi.(760) 728-1114
La Quinta Motor Inn #643630 Sycamore AveVista, CA22.4 mi.(760) 727-8180
Hotel Rancho Vista537 S Santa Fe AveVista, CA22.6 mi.(760) 726-0660
Cabins At Strawberry Hill4811 Pne Ridge AveJulian, CA23.3 mi.(760) 765-0765
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Rancho Bernardo17240 Bernardo Center DrSan Diego, CA23.4 mi.(858) 676-1660
Holiday Inn Rancho Bernardo17065 W Bernardo DrSan Diego, CA23.7 mi.(858) 485-6530
Courtyard By Marriott San Diego/Rancho Bernardo11611 Bernardo Plaza CtSan Diego, CA24.0 mi.(858) 613-2000
Radisson Suite Hotel Rancho Bernardo/San Diego11520 W Bernardo CtSan Diego, CA24.0 mi.(858) 451-6600
Rodeway Inn Rancho Bernardo16929 W Bernardo DrSan Diego, CA24.9 mi.(858) 487-0445
Comfort Inn & Suites41005 California Oaks RdMurrieta, CA25.4 mi.(909) 864-7227
Montecito Village4302 Cassanna WayOceanside, CA25.5 mi.(760) 433-6000
Residence Inn By Marriott San Diego North11002 Rancho Carmel DrSan Diego, CA26.7 mi.(858) 673-1900
Best Western Country Inn13845 Poway RdPoway, CA26.8 mi.(858) 748-6320

Palomar Mountain Weather & Climate

The mountains and foothills region northeast of San Diego is one of the only places in southern California that enjoys four seasons. At 4000 feet, the elevation, clean air and blue skies add to the overall beauty of the region. Spring is generally mild and wildflowers decorate the backcountry while a profusion of daffodils is evident throughout the small towns of the area. Average summer temperatures fall in the 80s with occasional summer rains July through August. Most of the summer, however, you can expect clear, sunny skies and dry weather. The first cold spell of fall begins a profusion of color as the trees prepare for a winter and the first rains begin in October. Expect lots of rain, gentle snowfalls and cool temperatures November through March.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 35°F 5.77 in. 57°F
February 52°F 35°F 6.29 in. 57°F
March 56°F 36°F 6.13 in. 58°F
April 62°F 40°F 1.76 in. 60°F
May 69°F 45°F 0.71 in. 62°F
June 79°F 55°F 0.18 in. 64°F
July 84°F 61°F 0.42 in. 66°F
August 84°F 62°F 0.91 in. 69°F
September 79°F 57°F 0.73 in. 67°F
October 68°F 49°F 0.99 in. 63°F
November 57°F 40°F 2.60 in. 61°F
December 51°F 35°F 3.47 in. 59°F

Palomar Mountain Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Palm Springs International airport (PSP) located about 41 miles northeast of Palomar Mountain in Palm Springs, California, the San Diego International airport (SAN) located approximately 44 miles southwest of Palomar Mountain in San Diego, California, the Jacqueline Cochran Regional airport (TRM) located roughly 46 miles east of Palomar Mountain in Palm Springs, California, and finally the San Bernardino International airport (SBD) located around 57 miles northwest of Palomar Mountain in San Bernardino, California.

Palomar Mountain Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA29.6 mi.
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA36.8 mi.
Belmont ParkSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.
SeaWorld San DiegoSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA52.8 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA53.6 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA67.8 mi.
Adventure CityAnaheimCA69.3 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA69.3 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA69.3 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA69.5 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA74.6 mi.
Water Parks
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA35.2 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA40.0 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA53.6 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA74.6 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA76.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Woods Valley Golf ClubValley CenterCA11.8 mi.
Castle Creek Country ClubEscondidoCA18.8 mi.
Meadow Lake Golf ClubEscondidoCA18.8 mi.
Reidy Creek Golf CourseEscondidoCA18.8 mi.
Vineyard at EscondidoEscondidoCA18.8 mi.
Cross Creek Golf ClubTemeculaCA18.9 mi.
Rancho del Cielo Golf CourseTemeculaCA18.9 mi.
Redhawk Golf ClubTemeculaCA18.9 mi.
Temeku Hills Golf CourseTemeculaCA18.9 mi.
Mt Woodson Golf ClubRamonaCA19.6 mi.
San Vicente Inn & Golf ClubRamonaCA19.6 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf CourseSan MarcosCA20.6 mi.
Fallbrook Golf ClubFallbrookCA21.0 mi.
Lake San Marcos Resort & Executive Golf CourseLake San MarcosCA23.4 mi.
Colony Country ClubMurrietaCA24.8 mi.
SCGA Members Club at Rancho CaliforniaMurrietaCA24.8 mi.
Maderas Golf ClubPowayCA26.6 mi.
Oceanside Center City Golf CourseOceansideCA27.0 mi.
Oceanside Golf CourseOceansideCA27.0 mi.
Emerald Isle Golf CourseOceansideCA27.2 mi.
Rancho Carlsbad Country ClubCarlsbadCA27.9 mi.
Diamond Valley Golf ClubHemetCA29.3 mi.
Echo Hills Golf ClubHemetCA29.3 mi.
Heartland VillageHemetCA29.3 mi.
Hemet Golf ClubHemetCA29.3 mi.
Seven Hills Golf ClubHemetCA29.3 mi.
Road Runner ClubBorrego SpringsCA29.7 mi.
Encinitas Ranch Golf CourseEncinitasCA29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA62.6 mi.
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA83.8 mi.
State Parks
Palomar Mountain State ParkCA1.4 mi. 
Cuyamaca State ParkCA32.8 mi. 
Mount San Jacinto State ParkCA35.7 mi. 
Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkCA36.4 mi. 
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumVistaCA22.7 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Making MusicCarlsbadCA29.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA30.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA30.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
ICR Museum of Creation & Earth HistorySanteeCA33.9 mi.(Science)
Computer Museum of AmericaLa MesaCA39.3 mi.(Technology)
Agua Caliente Cultural MuseumPalm SpringsCA40.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Palm Springs Air MuseumPalm SpringsCA40.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Heritage of San Clemente & Visitor CenterSan ClementeCA42.9 mi.(History)
San Diego Historical SocietySan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(History)
San Diego Maritime MuseumSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science CenterSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(Science)
San Diego Natural History MuseumSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(Science)
Firehouse MuseumSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(Technology)
Mingei International MuseumSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(Art)
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(Art)
San Diego Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(Art)
Timken Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.(Art)
Riverside Municipal MuseumRiversideCA52.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA40.1 mi.
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA45.0 mi.
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA64.0 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA68.3 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA93.3 mi.

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