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Goldendale Observatory State Park

Southwest Washington

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Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA
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This unique state park houses one of the largest public telescopes in the country. With day and night programs, the observatory hosts visitors and gives them a rare glimpse of the skies. 

The park takes up 5 acres in the town of Goldendale, set high above the Columbia River valley. Visitors can come to learn in the visitor's center and walk the paths around the property. 

One of the most fascinating parts of this complex is the history of how it came to be. The telescope was built by four amateur astronomers in the 1960s. It is now managed by Washington State Parks for public use. 

 

Goldendale Observatory State Park

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Co-ordinates: 45.8390, -120.8155 Open map in new window

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Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

Washington State Parks

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Getting There

From Yakima, take I-82 E for 4.4 miles, then take exit 37 for US-97 toward Goldendale. Stay on US-97 for 15 miles, then turn right to stay on US-97 for another 48.2 miles. Turn right onto E Broadway St for 1.0 mile, then turn right onto N Columbus Ave. for 0.6 mile, then a slight right onto Observatory Drive, which will end at the parking area. 

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