Fremont Peak State Park - California

US National Parks and Monuments Travel Guide:

Fremont Peak is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays due to budget restrictions.

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.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.

Facilities - Activities

Jr. Rangers Program (ages 7-12)

Every Saturday from July 18th-August 29th 11:00am

Come and learn about Fremont Peak's animals and plants! Here is your chance to earn prizes, explore Fremont Peak, and become a Jr. Ranger.

Program is designed for ages 7-12 and is an hour long.

Parent attendance is required only for sign-in and pick up. Please show up 15 minutes early in order to sign up. Program starts at 11:00am sharp.

For groups of 20 or more, please call (831) 623-2753 to make reservations.

Astronomical Observing

It’s best to arrive before sundown as vehicle headlights after sunset disrupt astronomers’ night vision. Clouds or rain will cancel astronomy programs. Call the park for weather and program updates before you go.

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.

Formore information take this link to the Fremont Peak Observatory Association

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