INTERPRETIVE NARRATIVE FOR GOLDENDALE OBSERVATORY - Washington State Parks

INTERPRETIVE NARRATIVE FOR GOLDENDALE OBSERVATORY - Washington State Parks

In south-central Washington, near the Columbia River Gorge, lies the community of Goldendale. It is dry and roughly 1,600 feet high. Forty miles to the west, a long, volcanically-built, glacier-clad barrier—that keeps most drenching Pacific storms in the western part of the state—shapes the cloud-free days in this land that sits in a rain shadow. This topographical barrier, known as the Cascade Range, is a gift to stargazers who are drawn to Goldendale’s observatory for its remarkable telescope, and its equally remarkable clear skies.

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