The first is a video commissioned by The San Diego-Riverside Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA) about the region's legacy fire towers, and highlights Palomar's own historic Boucher Hill Fire Lookout. Released in December, the video shows the important role the fire tower plays in protecting not just Palomar, but an enormous swath of southern California, with its commanding view from the mountains to the sea. Through the efforts of the FFLA, the park's fire tower was recently renovated and put back into service, and is currently staffed with park volunteers supplied by the FFLA.Go here to learn more about the tower's interesting history. It is open to the public as staffing resources permit on any given day; inquire if it's open to the public when you visit the park, or drive directly to Boucher Hill summit and inquire at the tower.
Starting in January, the spotlight will also be cast on the park in The San Diego Natural History Museum's newest permanent exhibit called Coast to Cactus in Southern California, an interactive, immersive walk through the four major habitats of San Diego—coast, inland valleys, mountains, and desert—and a celebration of the abundant variety of life found here.
Coast to Cactus will be featuring Palomar Mountain State Park in the “Mountain” section of the exhibit. The habitat and recreation areas of this habitat will be featured via a digital collection on the “Where Are We?” reading rail where patrons will be able to navigate the photo collection via a touch-screen monitor while learning more about the flora and fauna of this region and habitat. Mark your calendar for the museum's grand opening of the exhibit on January 17th. Details...
Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park