Prime Viewing of the Solar Eclipse at Smith Rock
March 29, 2017
One minute and 23 seconds. That’s how long Smith Rock solar eclipse viewers will bask in almost total darkness as the moon gets in between us and the sun.
Lying in the “Totality Path” of the first solar eclipse to touch the U.S. in 26 years, the park is perfectly positioned to enjoy a spectacular event on Monday, August 21, 2017— barely 145 days away. The partial starts around 9:06 AM and totality starts around 10:19 AM.
The total event goes from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM in a 60-mile swath across Oregon, on to Idaho, then across the country toward South Carolina.
You're probably wondering how you can guarantee a view spot at Smith Rock.
Since The Bivy campground is first-come, first-served, those spots are likely to be snatched up the prior weekend and earlier. The park is going to be opening the RV parking lot just outside the campground for 35 reserved campsites in late April. We'll keep you posted as details emerge.
Park Manager Scott Brown encourages others to get to the park early for day-use parking spots. Contrary to rumor, Highway 97 will remain open.The park opens at dawn, so machines will be ready to take your money at that time. NO OVERNIGHT SLEEPING IN VEHICLES IS ALLOWED.
Check with our Vacation Rentals periodically as more rentals come on the market to serve the burgeoning need for overnight accommodations.