The Great American Eclipse August 21, 2017

On Monday August 21st, 2017 much of Baker County will be in the path of totality for the 2017 Great American Eclipse

eclips-path-of-totality

It’s time to start planning your trip to Baker County for this once in a lifetime celestial experience.

With most of Baker County being in the path of totality and some of the best chances for clear cloudless skies anywhere in Oregon, Baker County should be an ideal location for viewing the Great American Eclipse on the morning of Monday August 21, 2017.

A few of our top picks for viewing locations.

Huntington and Farewell Bend State Park The community of Huntington will be hosting a variety of special events leading up to and including the day of the eclipse including the annual Pioneer Days Celebration.

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort high in the Elkhorn Mountains above Baker City Anthony Lakes is known for some of the best powder skiing in Oregon and it’s also got some of the best views of the eclipse.  Make your reservations early and ride the Rock Garden Chairlift to the top of the mountain on eclipse morning

 The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and nearby Virtue Flats  offers a wonderful opportunity to view the eclipse from the ruts of the Oregon Trail surrounded by sweeping vistas of the Elkhorn and Wallowa mountain ranges

The Sumpter Valley Railroad will also be hosting a special eclipse viewing celebration at the Sumpter Station in the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Park including a a chance to ride this historic steam train, tour the Sumpter Valley Dredge and maybe do a little gold panning after the eclipse.

For those families planning to celebrate the eclipse with children, early and enjoy a a variety of kid friendly events planned on and around the weekend of the eclipse, including a special Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Treasure Island hosted by Crossroads Carnegie Art Center .

Local Baker City author and illustrator Nancy Coffelt has also produced the informative and entertaining children’s book The Big Eclipse

the-big-eclipse

By acclaimed children’s illustrator and author, Nancy Coffelt, the book captures the sense of wonder and excitement of a total solar eclipse through its cast of animal characters as they follow the path of the 2017 eclipse across America. Readers of The Big Eclipse will learn all about eclipses – how and why they happen, strange eclipse effects, eclipse myths and even what hippos do when day turns to night!

The book tells why it’s important to protect your eyes when viewing the sun, especially during an eclipse – and how to safely watch the upcoming eclipse. Each book includes instructions on making a simple solar projector and comes with a safe solar eclipse viewer.

Those coming to Baker County early for for the eclipse can also enjoy the We Like’Em Short Film Festival.  This four day short film festival features only animated and comedy shorts including many family friendly entries, at Baker City’s Historic Eltrym theater.


Local lodging for the 2017 eclipse weekend is going fast so make your reservations early.  Baker County Tourism and the Baker County Chamber of Commerce are working closely with local lodging partners to maintain an up to date list of available lodging including motels, B&Bs, Vacation rentals, and guest houses that are still available.   For latest lodging information visit the Baker County Chamber of Commerce website  or call 1-800-523-1235


Camping is a available in a variety of locations throughout Baker County for the 2017 eclipse weekend including Farewell Bend State Park, and Unity Lake State Park, and a number of RV Parks, BLM and Forest Service campgrounds and disperse camping locations.  Additionally, several organizations are offering one time camping options for the 2017 eclipse weekend.

Huntington High School  will be hosting 20′ X 20′ (TENT ONLY) camp sites for $300 for three days (August 18, 19 & 20, 2017). More information including rates and reservations available here.

Oregon State Parks has also set up a special reservations page for the 2017 eclipse weekend and you can check availability and reserve space here.