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In compliance with county health orders on social distancing after-hours astronomy permits are currently suspended. Applications for future dates are not being accepted at this time.

Permits are currently available for permit parking during normal operating hours, camping and fire reduction work.

A no-fee permit is required for after-hours use of the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve parking lot for astronomical viewing. The parking lot is open for permit-only parking from dusk to 2:00 a.m.

  1. Preserve closes at dusk. No use of surrounding trails is allowed, and camping is prohibited.
  2. Fires and camp stoves of any type are prohibited.

Please note: If you are charging a fee for your event, you must provide an insurance certificate and endorsement listing the District as additionally insured.

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