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Goldendale Observatory State Park Rennovation

Since 1973 Goldendale has been home to a great treasure. Right on the hill overlooking town we have one of the largest and most accessible public telescopes in the nation. Thousands of star gazers, amateur astronomers, and students travel to Goldendale every year to meet the stars at Goldendale Observatory State Park.

And it’s only going to get better. As the observatory’s Troy Carpenter points out in Shelby Taylor’s article “Observatory gets new telescope, undergoes major renovation”, the “fully upgraded research specification telescope will easily be one of the finest, if not the finest, public telescope in the world.” And not only is the telescope getting an upgrade, the entire facility is going to be revamped, updated and expanded.

Transformation. New beginnings. Anticipation.

Artist's rendering of the new Goldendale Observatory, coming in 2019!
Artist’s rendering of the new Goldendale Observatory, coming in 2019!

Goldendale Observatory

One of the largest, most accessible public telescopes in the nation.

Solar and Star Gazing

Goldendale Observatory south domeGoldendale Observatory State Park

1602 Observatory Dr
Goldendale, WA 98620


Park closure: The Goldendale Observatory will be closed March 1, 2018 and will reopen in the fall of 2019 after major upgrades and renovation. During this time, solar and dark sky interpretive programs will take place at the nearby Stonehenge building (located at 87 Stonehenge Drive) beginning April 5, 2018. Stonehenge hours will be 1 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Open Fri-Sun | Closed Mon-Thu
At Maryhill Stonehenge Campus

4:00 pm Solar Show &  8:30 pm Evening Show
Stonehenge Facility Hours
Opens at 1:00 pm
Closes at 11:30 pm