Eclipse Viewing Party at Bear Valley

Date & Time
08/21/2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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Cartoon of different phases of a solar eclipse.

Can't make it to the path of totality to see the total solar eclipse? Don’t worry, it won't be a totality bummer to view the eclipse at Point Reyes! Join rangers at the Bear Valley Visitor Center to learn about the science behind the eclipse and pick up a free pair of special viewing glasses. Watch as the moon passes in front of the sun and casts its shadow on the contiguous United States for the first time in nearly forty years!

Protect your eyes. The eclipse will be amazing, but it's not worth your eyesight. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters. Use "eclipse glasses" or handheld solar viewers to look at the eclipse. Learn more about viewing eclipses safely and about some common viewing myths.


Even though a total solar eclipse will not be visible at Point Reyes National Seashore on Monday, August 21, 2017, a partial eclipse will be seen with clear weather from about 9 am to just after 11 am in the eastern and southeastern sky.

The moon will be covering the largest portion of the sun (called the eclipse maximum) at 10:14 am.

Stop by the Bear Valley Visitor Center to pick up a free pair of solar eclipse safety viewing glasses, watch the eclipse in real time, and learn more about this remarkable celestial event during short ranger talks and hands-on activities for the whole family!

For directions and a map to help you get to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, visit our Directions page. To help reduce traffic congestion in the paved parking lot adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, please park your vehicle(s) in the gravel parking lot on the left (east) side of the access road close to the Bear Valley Trailhead. Parking is free.

Image of solar eclipse viewing glasses with map of the USA and path of totality on the front and safety instructions on the back.

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9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Fee Information:

Contact Name:
Gregory Purifoy

Contact Email:
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Contact Phone Number:
415-464-5100 x2 x5

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(415) 464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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