Open year round Day use hours 8:00am to one-half hour after Sunset.
Fremont Peak State Park
As of June 14, 2019 wood and charcoal fires are not allowed in the park even in provided fire rings due to increased fire danger. Gas stoves are allowed. Tickets will be issued for anyone have a wood or charcoal fire.
This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its hiking trails in the grasslands of the higher peaks of the Gavilan Range. Other views include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Big Sur. Pine and oak woodlands in the park are home to many birds and mammals. There are camping and picnic facilities in the park. The park also features an astronomical observatory with a 30-inch telescope, which is open for public programs on selected evenings.
Off of Highway 156, 11-miles south of San Juan Bautista on San Juan Canyon Road.
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.
Facilities - Activities
It’s best to arrive before sundown as vehicle headlights after sunset disrupt astronomers’ night vision. Clouds or rain will cancel astronomy programs. Check the link below for program dates.
In general, astronomers are friendly, outgoing, and happy to allow you to view through their telescopes and answer your questions. A few courtesies that will enhance everyone’s experience:
- Do not touch any part of any telescope unless the owner instructs you on the proper method. In particular, do not touch any glass optical surfaces.
- Please be sure that all children are supervised around telescopes.
Remember, using lights near telescopes at night is highly disruptive. A piece of red "cellophane" wrapped over the end of a flashlight and held in place with a rubber band works great.
For more information take this link to the Fremont Peak Observatory Association