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Tour: Goldendale Observatory

Join us for the Goldendale Observatory Tour on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug 4th 

Registration opens on Monday, June 17th at NOON.  Register early by clicking the "Register Here" box to avoid being placed on the waiting list or not being able to register if the tour sells out early! 

Come join us for a unique opportunity to listen to a a complete multi-media presentation from  a Forest Service ranger as he/she gives a detailed explanation of our solar system including a personal view of the heavens through the Observatory’s main 29.5 inch reflector telescope.  The tour starts with a beautiful drive through the Cascades down to Goldendale, WA on Day 1 with the Observatory tour running from 9 PM - Midnight.

On Sunday morning we will reorganize for an exhilarating drive from Goldendale down to the Columbia River via the winding Klickitat Canyon (Hwy 142) and then immediately back up out of the Columbia River Valley on Old Hwy 8 and Canyon Road back to Goldendale in time to check out of your hotel.   The remainder of the day is on your ow, to return to Seattle.


Starting point is The Auburn Outlet Collection Mall.

Arrive between 10:00-10:30 AM (this may change once the route is finalized)
Driver's meeting at 10:30 AM
First group departs at 11:00 AM, followed by other groups with 10 minutes spacing each.

Bring a picnic lunch to eat along the way.

Directions to start point 

Take Hwy 167 North or South to the 15th St SW exit.  Take the first left turn into the mall and then the first left onto Outlet Collection Way.  Take the first right and park in the large lot across from McDonalds.


Opens: Monday, June 17 at NOON
Closes: Monday, July 29th  at midnight unless the tour sells out early--max of 82 people (hard number)
However, the hotel room blocks expire a lot earlier.  See the hotel details on the MSR registration site.


Please contact the Tour Leader, Greg Halverson at or text (206) 391-9385

Saturday, August 3, 2024, 10:00 AM until Sunday, August 4, 2024, 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
1304 Outlet Collection Way
Auburn, WA  98001
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Payment In Full In Advance Only
This tour will be conducted in accordance with the PCA National Driving Tour Standards and the PNWR tour Rules and Etiquette.
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