Driving Directions for Visitor Night at the UCI Observatory

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On Visitor Nights, guest parking is available for $2/hr or $10 maximum in the East Campus Parking Structure (ECPS) across from the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) at the corner of California Avenue and Adobe Circle Road South. Directional road signs labeled "UCI Observatory" will be set up on the campus' main roads to guide you to the ECPS. See the campus map for more details. After parking, walk to the ARC Shuttle Stop and a free shuttle buses labeled "UCI Observatory" will transport you to/from the entrance of the UCI Observatory's gravel road near the corner of California Avenue and Gabrielino Drive. A five minute walk down this road will bring you to the UCI Observatory. Note that due to the heavy pedestrian traffic along this road only cars bringing telescope equipment or handicapped guests will have access to drive on it during Visitor Nights. 

Please note that during "Informal" Visitor Nights, we do not provice shuttle service and visitors should park directly at the UCI Observatory. Also, we do not provide a porta-potty on "Informal" Visitor Nights.

 

Driving South on 73:

  • Take the BISON Exit
     
  • Turn LEFT on BISON Ave.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on E. PELTASON Dr.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on ANTEATER Dr.
     
  • Turn LEFT on CALIFORNIA Ave.
     
  • Park in the EAST CAMPUS PARKING STRUCTURE, which will be on your RIGHT at the corner of CALIFORNIA Ave. and ADOBE CIRCLE RD. SOUTH, next to the Anteater Recreation Center
     
  • Wait at the ASUCI Shuttle Bus stop and take the shuttle to the entrance to the gravel road to the Observatory OR walk uphill on California Ave. to the entrance to the gravel road.

Driving North on 73:

  • Take the BISON Exit
     
  • Turn RIGHT on BISON Ave.
     
  • Turn RIGHT on E. PELTASON
     
  • Turn RIGHT on ANTEATER Dr.
     
  • Turn LEFT on CALIFORNIA Ave.
     
  • Park in the EAST CAMPUS PARKING GARAGE, which will be on your RIGHT at the corner of CALIFORNIA Ave. and ADOBE CIRCLE RD. SOUTH, next to the Anteater Recreation Center
     
  • Wait at the ASUCI Shuttle Bus stop and take the shuttle to the entrance to the gravel road to the Observatory OR walk uphill on California Ave. to the entrance to the gravel road.

Driving on 405:

  • Take the CULVER Exit and head SOUTH toward UCI
     
  • Turn RIGHT on CAMPUS Dr.
     
  • Turn LEFT on CALIFORNIA Ave.
     
  • Park in the EAST CAMPUS PARKING STRUCTURE, which will be on your LEFT at the corner of CALIFORNIA Ave. and ADOBE CIRCLE RD. SOUTH, next to the Anteater Recreation Center
     
  • Wait at the ASUCI Shuttle Bus stop and take the shuttle to the entrance to the gravel road to the Observatory OR walk uphill on California Ave. to the entrance to the gravel road.