Driving Directions for the UCI Observatory

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Note that the following directions should only be used for people attending small-sized outreach events at the UCI Observatory, informal visitor events at the UCI Observatory (those visitor nights when shuttle service from the ARC parking garage is NOT provided) and for those transporting handicapped people or telescope equiptment to Visitor Nights at the UCI Observatory. At these times, people can park at the UCI Observatory. These directions should NOT be used by the general public attending Visitor Nights because they must park at the parking garage and take the shuttle we provide to the UCI Observatory. For the latter, please use the driving directions listed here. Please note that you can find a UCI campus map online here.

Driving South on 73:

  • Take the BISON Exit
     
  • Turn LEFT on BISON Ave.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on W. PELTASON Dr.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on ANTEATER Dr.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on CALIFORNIA Ave.
     
  • Just past the corner of CALIFORNIA Ave. and GABRIELINO Dr., turn LEFT onto the gravel road leading to the UCI Observatory. You'll see the blue and white Observatory sign on the fence. Drive down the road and park at the Observatory dome. Please park in the dirt along side of the side of the road, well off the gravel road itself, in order to ensure that cars can pass to/from the Observatory.

Driving North on 73:

  • Take the BISON Exit
     
  • Turn RIGHT on BISON Ave.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on W. PELTASON Dr.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on ANTEATER Dr.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on CALIFORNIA Ave.
     
  • Just past the corner of CALIFORNIA Ave. and GABRIELINO Dr., turn LEFT onto the gravel road leading to the UCI Observatory. You'll see the blue and white Observatory sign on the fence. Drive down the road and park at the Observatory dome. Please park in the dirt along side of the side of the road, well off the gravel road itself, in order to ensure that cars can pass to/from the Observatory.

Driving South on the 405:

  • Take the JAMBOREE Exit
     
  • Turn RIGHT on JAMBOREE Rd.
     
  • Turn LEFT on CAMPUS Dr.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on E. PELTASON Dr. (after passing W. Peltason Dr.)
     
  • LEFT on ANTEATER Dr.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on CALIFORNIA Ave.
     
  • Just past the corner of CALIFORNIA Ave. and GABRIELINO Dr., turn LEFT onto the gravel road leading to the UCI Observatory. You'll see the blue and white Observatory sign on the fence. Drive down the road and park at the Observatory dome. Please park in the dirt along side of the side of the road, well off the gravel road itself, in order to ensure that cars can pass to/from the Observatory.

Driving North on the 405:

  • Take the CULVER Dr. Exit
     
  • Turn LEFT on CULVER Dr.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on ANTEATER Dr.
     
  • Turn LEFT on CALIFORNIA Ave.
     
  • Just past the corner of CALIFORNIA Ave. and GABRIELINO Dr., turn LEFT onto the gravel road leading to the UCI Observatory. You'll see the blue and white Observatory sign on the fence. Drive down the road and park at the UCI Observatory dome. Please park in the dirt along side of the side of the road, well off the gravel road itself, in order to ensure that cars can pass to/from the UCI Observatory.