Description - The Goldendale Observatory is located in Klickitat County, one mile north of Goldendale just off Columbus Avenue on a bluff. The park provides hands-on observing through telescopes, interpretive lectures and viewing of scientific displays.
- The Goldendale Observatory houses a 24.5 inch reflecting telescope (one of the largest apertures in the USA available for public use), in addition to a secondary dome which houses an eight-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain reflecting telescope. The facility has twelve portable telescopes and special camera accessories available to the public and a lecture room which contains astronomical displays. The park also has restroom facilities, a science library and a parking lot with a capacity for 30 cars.
Recreation - Activities at the park include hands-on observing through telescopes, interpretive lectures and viewing scientific displays. There are two program schedules for summer and winter.
Climate - Influenced by the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains, this area is characterized by a generally wet and temperate climate. Winters are cool and cloudy with rain and some snow. Maximum winter temperatures are normally in the mid- to high 40s with minimum temperatures in the mid 30s. Summers are warm and relatively dry with maximum and minimum temperatures in the mid 70s and low 50s, respectively.
The Observatory is located in Klickitat County, one mile north of Goldendale just off Columbus Avenue on a bluff.