Fremont Peak SP

State Park

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This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its hiking trails in the grasslands of the higher peaks of the Gavilan Range. Other views include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Big Sur. Pine and oak woodlands in the park are home to many birds and mammals. There are camping and picnic facilities in the park. The park also features an astronomical observatory with a 30-inch telescope, which is open for public programs on selected evenings.

Location-Directions

Off of Highway 156, 11-miles south of San Juan Bautista on San Juan Canyon Road.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.

Facilities - Activities


Astronomical Observing
It’s best to arrive before sundown as vehicle headlights after sunset disrupt astronomers’ night vision. Clouds or rain will cancel astronomy programs. Check the link below for program dates.

In general, astronomers are friendly, outgoing, and happy to allow you to view through their telescopes and answer your questions. A few courtesies that will enhance everyone’s experience:

  • Do not touch any part of any telescope unless the owner instructs you on the proper method. In particular, do not touch any glass optical surfaces.
  • Please be sure that all children are supervised around telescopes.
  • Remember, using lights near telescopes at night is highly disruptive. A piece of red "cellophane" wrapped over the end of a flashlight and held in place with a rubber band works great.


    For more information take this link to the Fremont Peak Observatory Association
                                   Fremont Peak Day  is Sunday April 27, 2014.


This annual event is an old fashioned picnic sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Native Daughters of the Golden West. The event commemorates Captain John C. Fremont and his expedition’s U.S. flag raising in 1846 in defiance of the Mexican government. 
 
The event this year begins at 11:30 am and goes until 3 pm.  Bring the family and enjoy a picnic lunch and childrens games sponsered by the Native Daughters of the Golden West.  For questions call San Juan Bautista State Historic Park at (831) 623-4881.      
                               

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Open year round Day use hours 8:00am to one-half hour after Sunset.

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (831) 623-4255

  • Region

    Central Coast

    County

    San Benito

  • Max Camper Length:

    25 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    25 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes

Telephone

Park Information
831-623-4255

Observatory
831-623-2465

Operating Hours

Open year round

Day use hours
8:00am to one-half hour after Sunset.

Observatory Programs
April through October
on moonless Saturday evenings starting at 8:00pm.