Fremont Peak SP
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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.
Off of Highway 156, 11-miles south of San Juan Bautista on San Juan Canyon Road.
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.
Facilities - Activities
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
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.
- Hours of Operation:
Open year round Day use hours 8:00am to one-half hour after Sunset.
- Park Office Telephone:
Max Camper Length:
25 FeetMax Trailer Length
- Purchase Annual Passes
Open year round
Day use hours
8:00am to one-half hour after Sunset.
April through October
on moonless Saturday evenings starting at 8:00pm.