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.

  • Amphitheater
Interpretive Opportunities
Goldendale Observatory was the designated official headquarters of the National Astronomical League for the total solar eclipse of February 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. Contact 509-773-3141
  • Please visit the Observatory Friends' website at  ( for weather information, local news, show times, special events, or to learn about getting involved with the Observatory.