Goldendale Observatory State Park  Heritage Site

Goldendale Observatory is a 5-acre educational facility sits 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.
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  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. History
  4. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities

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


  • 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.