Goldendale Observatory is a five-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 observatory is open to anyone wanting to view the cosmos above or gorgeous scenery below.
No camping available.Want to support Washington State Parks? Get involved by joining a friends' group. For more information, visit the Friends' Group web page.
April 17 - Sept. 30, 10AM to 11:30PM, Wednesday - Sunday
October 1 - March 31, 10AM to 3PM, Monday - Friday. (Park Visitor Center Only)
Daylight presentations run continuously and may include viewing the Sun via solar telescope and the planets Venus and Mercury via primary telescope.
Evening presentations start at 8PM (9PM in July) and may include outdoor lectures and the viewing of various planets, multi-star-systems, and deep-sky-objects via primary telescope.
Tours are available by reservation. To make a reservation, call the park office at (509) 773-3141.
Drop-ins by small groups welcome.
Reservations required for groups larger than 10.
Free Admission; Washington State Parks Discover Pass required for parking over 15 minutes and may be purchased on-site.
Winter Schedule for all Washington State Parks
Please note: There is a permanent burn ban in effect at Goldendale Observatory State Park. No open flames of any type are allowed, no smoking. Internal RV stoves are allowed.
For information on burn bans throughout Washington state, you may visit the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website
. Please note that individual park burn bans may differ from DNR burn bans and may change without notice. Please check current conditions upon arriving at the park.
Don't move firewood: Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by obtaining or purchasing your firewood at or near your camping destination (within 50 miles). Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by buying and burning your firewood locally. For more information, visit online at www.dontmovefirewood.org or the Washington Invasive Species Council website.
The Discover Pass now can be used on either of two vehicles!Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
(Transaction and dealer fees may apply)
A Discover Pass is required for motor-vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Exemptions:
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, the Discover Pass is not required if you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, for the duration of your stay at that state park. For additional exemptions and more information, please visit the Discover Pass website