Goldendale Observatory State Park  Heritage Site

Goldendale Observatory is a 5-acre educational facility and certified Dark Sky Park on a 2,100-foot elevation hilltop 2 miles north of downtown Goldendale. The park features one of the nation's largest public telescopes and has attracted tens of thousands of sky-watchers since its dedication in 1973. The park offers spectacular views of the countryside from atop the observatory hill in the daytime, and magnificent views of the universe at night.
  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. History
  4. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities


There are two unsheltered picnic tables, available first come, first served.

Features


  • Amphitheater

Interpretive Opportunities


Goldendale Observatory was the designated official headquarters of the National Astronomical League for the total solar eclipse of Feb. 26, 1979; the facility continues to be a major center for viewing significant astronomical events, including the upcoming 2017 eclipse. The interpretive center offers afternoon observation and evening night-sky tours via one of America's largest public telescopes.
 

Additional Information


  • Goldendale Observatory provides tours and sky-gazing opportunities afternoons and evenings year round. Summer and winter programs vary. For more information, call (509) 773-3141
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
  • Please visit the Friends of Goldendale Observatory's website for weather information, local news, show times, special events or to learn about getting involved with the observatory.