Mt. Pinos: This 8,831-foot-high peak in Los Padres National Forest is one of the region's best stargazing spots.
Red Rock Canyon State Park: Try Ricardo Campground, 54 miles north of Lancaster. http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id631
Mt. Palomar: The observatory campground in the Cleveland National Forest offers campsites and showers. At an Oct. 18 star party, the Orange County Astronomers will provide telescopes.
Joshua Tree National Monument: Cottonwood Springs Campground is a longtime favorite for professionals and amateurs alike.
Death Valley National Park: Still one of the nation's best stargazing spots, particularly the Mesquite Springs campground, the Dante's View parking area and the more remote Eureka Valley primitive camping area.