2023 Annular Eclipse

An illustration of the phases of the eclipse against a black background
Illustration of the phases of an Annular Eclipse.

NPS/Kevin Doxstater

Two rangers in bright yellow and orange vests use special glasses to view the eclipse
During an annular eclipse, it is never safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing.

NPS Photo/Neal Herbert

A Centennial Eclipse

What better way to end Bryce Canyon's major centennial events than with an eclipse? This year, the U.S. will see its first annular solar eclipse since 2012! It will begin on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, beginning in Oregon and ending in Texas. Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible in Bryce Canyon starting at 9:09 a.m. MDT and ending at 11:56 a.m., with the maximum eclipse of 90% being at 10:28 a.m.

Did you know?

The Bryce Canyon area experienced an eclipse exactly 100 years ago! On September 10, 1923 a total solar eclipse passed along the edge of the Pacific coast.

What is an Annular Eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth while it's at its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover it. This creates a “ring of fire” effect in the sky.

What to Expect

The 2012 annular eclipse brought over 10,000 visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park. Public awareness of eclipses has only grown in the years since, and while the park has no official estimates for visitation we expect it to be a very busy day.

There is a high likelihood that parking capacity will be reached early in the morning, requiring a restriction of private vehicle entries. This makes the Bryce Canyon shuttle and shared-use bike path the most reliable ways to enter the park and reach its most popular overlooks. Bringing your annual or lifetime pass, or purchasing a digital pass in advance can also save time.

As always, you can stay up-to-date with park alerts by visiting
our Conditions page.

2023 Eclipse Shuttle
Special Shuttle Route for October 14's Annular Eclipse. Shuttle operations will begin at 6 a.m. and return to normal around 3 p.m.


Shuttle buses will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 14. Due to expected high visitation, from 6 a.m. until around 3 p.m. the Bryce Canyon Shuttle will operate on a special eclipse route. This route will exclude some normal stops so as to prioritze Bryce Amphitheater viewpoints. All inbound and outbound shuttles will transfer at the Visitor Center.

Visitors may prefer to use the Rim Trail or the Shared-Use Path to reduce wait times.

Special Programs

No reservations are needed for programs, however seating will be first-come, first-seated. Capacity in the Lodge Auditorium is 140 people.

October 13

The park will provide a special moon-based evening program titled "Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon" on October 13 featuring NASA Lunar Scientist Dr. Barbara Cohen. This program will be open to the public, held at 8 p.m. in the Lodge Auditorium.

"Eclipses occur when the Moon passes between Earth and the sun, casting a shadow over Earth. Come learn more about the 2023 Annular eclipse, what we can learn about our Sun and Moon during eclipses, and more about NASA's Artemis program to explore the Moon's south pole!"

Dr. Barbara Cohen is a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She is the Artemis IV Project Scientist, leading the science activities as the US returns to the lunar surface. She is the Principal Investigator for a mass spectrometer manifested on the Astrobotic Peregrine lunar lander, led the science team for the Lunar Flashlight mission, and is a member of the science teams for the Mars rovers Curiosity and Perseverance.

October 14

The night of October 14 will feature a special "Astrophysicist Q&A Panel" where members of the public can just ask a panel of astrophysicists various questions in a public forum. The panel will be led by Cameron Hummels, Director of Astrophysics Outreach at Caltech at 8 p.m. in the Lodge Auditorium.

Where to View

There will be no special areas designated for eclipse viewing, and visitors are welcome to enjoy the eclipse in any area of the park normally open to the public.

The Bryce Amphitheater area of the park and its four viewpoints (Bryce, Inspiration, Sunset, and Sunrise) will undoubtedly be the most visited areas. Trails in this area are likely to be heavily visited as well. Viewpoints along the Southern Scenic Drive will be limited in their visitation due to smaller parking lots and lack of shuttle service beyond Bryce Point.

All along Scenic Byway 12 between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Park will provide excellent opportunities to view the eclipse, as will nearby national parks (see map below). That said, it will be difficult to beat the combination of Bryce Canyon's red rock hoodoos and the eclipsed sun above.

A poster for the 2023 annular eclipse at Bryce Canyon.
This unique eclipse poster will be available for purchase at the park Visitor Center bookstore.

Tyler Nordgren

Stay Safe and Protect your Park

Camping & Lodging

If the park doesn't experience any significant snowfall leading up to the eclipse, both developed campgrounds will be open. Both campgrounds will be first-come, first-served. Camping outside of established campgrounds is strictly prohibited within the bounds of Bryce Canyon National Park. For camping options outside the park visit the Garfield County tourism page.

Any visitors seeking to backcountry camp and experience the eclipse in more solitude should pick up a backcountry permit. Permits are required for all backpacking.

Dispersed camping may be available on nearby Dixie National Forest lands. There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. It is your responsibility to know these before you go camping. Camping rules and regulations apply to make your experience safe, and to keep the natural resources scenic and unspoiled for other campers.

Safe Viewing Practices

Annular eclipses differ from total eclipses in that at no point is it safe to view the sun without properly rated eye protection! We want to ensure everybody has a safe morning and the equipment to do so! Sunglasses are not sufficient protection for viewing the sun.

Make sure you've found a safe place from which to view the eclipse. Don't be a distracted driver, stop your vehicle in a safe place if you plan on viewing the eclipse. Safe and lawful parking will be strictly enforced.

Emergency Assistance

Staff will be fully committed the morning of the eclipse, which may affect backcountry rescue operations. Exercise caution if you plan on hiking into any backcountry areas the morning of the eclipse, and ensure others not in your group are aware of your plans.


Important Information

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What You Need to Know

Last updated: October 11, 2023

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