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After-hours Astronomy Permit

COVID-19 Guidelines

Midpen is accepting applications for all permitted activities.  Participants must follow county health orders for guidance on social distancing.

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.

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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