Goldendale Observatory State Park

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.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

  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
The Goldendale Observatory is a major center for viewing astronomical events. It was the designated official headquarters of the National Astronomical League for the total solar eclipse of February 26, 1979. The interpretive center offers afternoon and evening programs about telescopes and star-gazing.

Additional Information
  • Goldendale Observatory Interpretive Center offers 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 for weather information, local news, special center hours and programs or to find out how to get involved with Observatory.