2023 Annular Eclipse

The Moon blocks all but a Ring of Fire from the Sun.
On May 20, 2012 visitors to Capitol Reef viewed a rare annular eclipse at Panaroma Point.

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What is an Annular Solar Eclipse

The word annular references a ring of bright sunlight, or annulus, known as a "ring of fire." This “ring of fire” is visible around the moon during the maximum phase of an Annular Solar Eclipse.

Annular vs Total

Annular solar eclipses and total solar eclipses are similar in that they occur when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. The moon temporarily blocks the sun and casts its shadow on Earth. The moon travels an elliptical orbit around the Earth so the distance between the two is not constant. From our perspective on earth when the moon is closer to us, it appears bigger and can block more of the sun’s light. It aligns perfectly with the sun resulting in a total solar eclipse. When the moon's orbit is further from the Earth it does not completely obscure the sun, thus an annular eclipse occurs.

It is never safe to view the sun without proper eye protection, especially during the Annular Eclipse! Click How Do I View An Eclipse Safely? for info on safe viewing practices, creating homemade filters, and much more.


When and Where Will It Happen

The 2023 Annular Eclipse will be visible across three continents, through seven U.S. states and in thirty national park units before ending at sunset in the Atlantic Ocean. Click the following link to view a NASA map showing the eclipse path and the percentage of the event that will be seen from your location.

At Crater Lake National Park on the morning of October 14th, 2023, the moon will experience its first visual contact with the sun around 8:06 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). It reaches a full annular eclipse of the sun about 9:18 am to 9:20 am PDT, leaving the sun partially obscured except for an outer "Ring of Fire". Around 10:39 am PDT, the moon will finally leave the sun and the 2023 eclipse will have concluded.

[NOTE: On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible as it crosses from Texas to Maine. The map below shows the path of both eclipses.]


Coming to Crater Lake?
Plan and Have an Alternative Plan

A successful viewing of the annular solar eclipse at Crater Lake National Park is more likely if you actively plan and create a back-up plan. Unexpected seasonal weather events, extremely limited lodging and camping in the region, and over flowing crowds and parking, are reasons for advance preparation.

Fill It Up or Charge It Before Arriving at the Park

Running out of gas (or electric charge) is very expensive for you to rectify if a tow company has to deliver gas or tow your vehicle.
  • Traffic congestion results in long lines, idling, and gas consumption. Top it off before arriving in the park.
  • The closest gas west of the park is at the Prospect Service Station on Hwy 62, 29 miles from the south fee booth.
  • The closest gas to the south is at the Crater Lake Junction Travel Center on Hwy 97, 30 miles from the park’s south fee booth.
  • From the north, the nearest gas station is at the Diamond Lake Resort Gas Station off Hwy 138.
  • The two Type-2 EV charging stations in the park will have limited access and a slow charge.


  • Know the Air quality and the forecast before you go.
  • Rim Drive is at 7100 feet in elevation which invites many forms of precipitation, wind, clouds and cold temperatures in October. Bring extra layers of clothing.
  • Check the forecast and road conditions around the region. Due to the elevation, snow is a possibility. Is your car winter ready?
  • Although the park always plans to close North Entrance Road, and West and East Rim Drives on November 1st, there have been several recent years that the roads closed by mid-October. Road closure history is found on the Operating Hours & Seasons page.

Lodging and Camping

  • Crater Lake Lodge is open until the morning of October 15. However, they are already full for the solar eclipse event.
  • All forms of vehicle and tent camping are prohibited along Rim Drive, in pullouts, picnic areas, and parking lots within the park. Overnighting is allowed in the backcountry only for backpackers who obtain a permit from the backcountry office.
  • Mazama Campground closes on September 24 and will not be open for to the public on October 14. Contact Crater Lake Hospitality if you have any questions.
  • Options for lodging and camping outside the park but within 35 miles of park headquarters is found on the Lodging and Camping page. This list does not include bed-and-breakfasts, guest houses, and vacation rentals. Or contact the next closest options in Chemult (42 miles away), Shady Cove (55 miles), Klamath Falls (57 miles), Eagle Point (60 miles) and there are many other lodging options beyond these including larger cities such Grants Pass and Medford.

Avoid Crowds and Parking Dilemmas

  • .Learn how to pay your entry fee in advance on the fees & passes page.
  • Visitation on October 13 and 14 is expected to exceed the visitation of any given week.
  • Consider carpooling if you are coming to the park.
  • Avoid the vehicle and pedestrian congestion at Rim Village .
  • Park only along pullouts with all tires on the pavement. Keep the road clear for emergency traffic.
  • Help prevent damage to fragile pumice and meadow landscapes. Drive and park only on pavement.

Bring it in, Take it Out

  • It is essential that you provide your own food and water. Food service in the park is limited.
  • Do not leave any trash.
  • Chances are at some point during your visit, you will have to use a restroom. Additional port-a-potties will be available throughout the park. If they are full consider alternative means such as a wide-mouth container, for catching your urine. Properly dispose of your personal waste, toilet paper and hygiene products.

The annular solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States from Oregon to Texas. It will cross over 30 park units. Visibility of the annular eclipse decreases the further you are from these locations but is still visible to some degree. Click here for maps and charts of viewing locations and times.

Crater Lake National Park Canyon de Chelly National Monment
California National Historic Trail Aztec Ruins National Monument
Tule Lake National Monument Yucca House National Monument
Lava Beds National Mesa Verde National Park
Great Basin National Park Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Bryce Canyon National Park El Mapais National Monument
Capitol Reef National Park Petroglyph National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument Valles Caldera National Preserve
Canyonlands National Park Bandelier National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument Manhattan Project National Historical Park
Hovenweep National Monument Pecos National Historical Park
Old Spanish National Historic Trail El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro NHT (NM)
Pony Express National Historic Trail San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Navajo National Monument Padre Island National Seashore

There are many other public lands that are in the path of the annular eclipse. In Oregon visit a state park. Get more information at Oregon Parks Forever.

Last updated: October 5, 2023

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