August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

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Expect Large Crowds August 15th - 22nd

Many people already know that Eastern Oregon is predicted to be one of the best total eclipse viewing areas in the country. We anticipate very large crowds August 15th - 22nd; expect traffic delays, congested parking lots, and areas that are normally open may be closed and/or open to foot traffic only.

The Park's Plan for the Event

Park Staff is still determining the details. Check back on this page for more detailed information as it becomes available. Special parking areas will be designated. Expect traffic delays travelling to and within the area, long walks to prime viewing areas, and long lines at restrooms. We are expecting unusually high visitation, therefore programs and services will be limited.

Learn about other National Park Service units plans for the eclipse. The total solar eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina and cross over 20 national park units and 9 trails.

When & Where Can I See the Eclipse?

The total eclipse of August 21, 2017 will be visible from all three units of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The Painted Hills and Sheep Rock Units are both directly under the center line of the eclipse, and the Clarno Unit is north of center line but still within the range of totality. The eclipse will begin shortly after 9 am, with the sun being completely blocked at or shortly after 10:20 am, depending on which unit you are at. The sun will be blacked out one minute and forty seconds at Clarno and just over two minutes each at Sheep Rock and Painted Hills.

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Limited Services- Come Prepared!

Have the best Totality experience by planning your adventure!

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Make Your Totality a Safe One

Bring your eclipse rated eye-wear, sun protection, extra water, map, and plenty of fuel for your vehicle!

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Lodging, Camping, & Area Eclipse Events

Check back often for the latest overnight accommodations and eclipse events.

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Help protect the park

Help protect the park. Know park rules and regulations.

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Fire Safety

The eclipse coincides with the height of fire season. Prevent wildfires.

Why do eclipses occur? How rare are total eclipses? Learn more now!

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Last updated: July 20, 2017

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