The Panopticon is a logging camp located in north-west Red County, San Andreas. Bloodstains seen in the cabins indicate that safety standards at the camp were lax. The area is relatively open, set in a forest on a hill. San Fierro can be seen from parts of the camp. Many cabins and fallen trees line the area. This is one of the more scenic areas of the state as it affords spectacular views of San Fierro and its bridges and skyscrapers.
Events of GTA San Andreas
The mission Wu Zi Mu (a street race) has its endpoint at the Panopticon. The mission Farewell, My Love..., essentially the previous race in reverse, has its start here. Mike Toreno's mission Vertical Bird begins at the base of the hill on which the Panopticon is situated.
The Panopticon is the location of the game's only cross-region unique stunt jump, a jump from near an intersection on the west side of the Panopticon across a body of water onto the Easter Bay International Airport in San Fierro (although actually landing on the airport is optional; the jump will also be awarded if one falls slightly short and lands in the water). Attempting the jump before San Fierro is unlocked, however, results in a four star wanted level whether the jump is successful or not.
A second, less-risky unique jump can be found on the east side of the Panopticon, near Blueberry.
- The term "panopticon" original referred to a particular style of prison developed by British social theorist Jeremy Bentham. The term is also famous for its use by French historian social theorist Michel Foucault as a way to describe how societies seek to control their citizens.