2017 Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will cross the continental United States. This hasn’t happened in 38 years! The last time an eclipse path crossed the continental United States was in 1979. At the time, Jimmy Carter was president, a gallon of gas cost 86 cents, and Atari video games were a hot item. The total solar eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina and cross over 21 national park units and 7 trails. Although the partial eclipse will be visible anywhere in the continental United States, it will not compare to experiencing the total eclipse.

National parks offer an amazing setting for watching the eclipse. The National Park Service mission to preserve special places for the enjoyment of everyone means that you can experience this historical event in a place that represents our heritage. National parks are also places to learn about our world. For example, monitoring air quality and starry night skies helps us understand how hazy skies affect parks and visitors. Working with partners, we can protect what is special about parks so that they are there for you to enjoy. While you are visiting, events at parks will help you make the most out of this unique solar event while you learn about the park.

Plan Ahead

No matter where you go, plan ahead. People have been planning where they want to view the eclipse years in advance. As a result, lodging and camping around many parks in the path of the total eclipse are full. It’s hard to estimate how busy parks will be, but planning ahead will help make the experience unique and enjoyable. Here are some things to consider:

  • Protect your eyes. Bring your eclipse glasses. You don’t want to arrive and discover the local stores are all sold out. The eclipse will be amazing, but it’s not worth your eyesight. Learn more about safely viewing the eclipse.
  • Driving. Get there early; parking could be scarce.
  • Pack a picnic. Snacks, water, and a lunch will help make waiting for the big event enjoyable.

While you are at the park

The eclipse will take 2–3 hours from start to finish with the total eclipse only occurring for 1 minute on the edge of the path of totality to a maximum of 2 minutes, 41 seconds, on the center line in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky. Since you are in a park, it is a great time to explore. Here are some ideas:

  • Explore the park. Take a hike, check out the visitor center, or attend a ranger program. There are amazing stories to discover in the park.
  • Become a Junior Ranger. Download a copy of the Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklet. Check out other junior ranger books online (some of these are available at parks, too). You can also become a star explorer, paleontologist, cave scientist, or other specialty junior ranger.
  • Stay for the stars. The sun may steal the show, but stargazing can also remind you of your place in the universe. Check to see if the park has nighttime stargazing programs.
  • Join the ranks of citizen scientists. iNaturalist is looking for citizen scientists to document animal and plant behavior during the eclipse. Check out NASA’s Public Engagement site for other ideas for getting involved. If you will be along the path of totality for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, then you may want to participate in the Eclipse Megamovie Project.

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  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    2017 Eclipse Across America

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    There will be a variety of special events at Craters of the Moon leading up to and following a public viewing of the total solar eclipse in Arco, Idaho on August 21. More

    Location:
    Arco and Craters of the Moon
    Fees:
    No fee
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

    Eclipse Science for Everyone

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    NASA space physicist, Dr. Liz MacDonald, will share a special presentation at the park’s amphitheater at 10:00 followed by activity stations for all ages to learn more about the eclipse event. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Carl Sandburg Home NHS Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free
  • Independence National Historical Park

    Gallery Walk: Eclipses, Harbingers of Doom or Scientific Progress?

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Find out how the Founding Generation viewed astronomical phenomena in this ranger-guided tour of the Second Bank Portrait Gallery. More

    Time:
    12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Sts.
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Shenandoah National Park

    Night Sky Festival

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    A four-day festival celebrating our dark skies. There will be many presentations, hands-on activities, constellation tours and will culminate in viewing the solar eclipse. More

    Location:
    Big Meadows Area, Many locations
    Fees:
    Free
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

    Ready, Set, Eclipse!

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Get ready for the August 21 solar eclipse with help from Jean Lafitte More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    varies - see details
    Fees:
    free
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument

    Solar Activities

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Find out what makes a solar eclipse and take a planet walk. More

    Location:
    Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free with valid entrance pass
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Solar Science at Stones River

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Science and history come together as visitors explore the wonders of astronomy today and its practice and application during the Civil War. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Homestead National Monument of America

    Total Solar Eclipse Programs and Activities

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    From the Frontiers of Homesteading to the Frontiers of Space - Homestead invites you to a wide range of FREE programs and activities to connect you to the wonders of science, astronomy, the homesteading story, and to the 8/21/17 Total Solar Eclipse. More

    Time:
    8:30 AM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Heritage Center, Education Center
    Fees:
    NO FEE
  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

    Total Solar Eclipse Weekend

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    A weekend of astronomers and Native Americans talking about the solar eclipse. More

    Location:
    Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
    Fees:
    Free
  • Homestead National Monument of America

    Total Solar Eclipse Programs and Activities

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    From the Frontiers of Homesteading to the Frontiers of Space - Homestead invites you to a wide range of FREE programs and activities to connect you to the wonders of science, astronomy, the homesteading story, and to the 8/21/17 Total Solar Eclipse. More

    Time:
    8:30 AM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Heritage Center, Education Center
    Fees:
    NO FEE
  • Fort Sumter National Monument

    2017 Eclipse Across America at Fort Moultrie

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Come to Fort Moultrie to observe the 2017 eclipse. Family-friendly activities will be offered. The park is partnering with the College of Charleston, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace for this event. More

    Location:
    Fort Moultrie
    Fees:
    Fee for the fort
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    2017 Solar Eclipse

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join us to watch and learn more about the eclipse as it passes over our area. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitor Centers
    Fees:
    Free
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial

    2017 Solar Eclipse Instameet

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join Park Rangers for a special solar eclipse talk under the Survivor Tree. More

    Time:
    12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Oklahoma City National Memorial Survivor Tree
    Fees:
    Free
  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

    2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join us to learn more about and view the eclipse as it passes over the area. This event is being held in cooperation with the College of Charleston and the National Park Service. More

    Location:
    1254 Long Point Rd. Mount Pleasant, SC
    Fees:
    free
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

    Eclipse Across America

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will cross the mainland United States for the first time in almost 100 years. More

    Location:
    George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
    Fees:
    Free
  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Eclipse Meet-Up

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join a ranger on the park lawn for a special solar eclipse viewing party! More

    Time:
    1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    West Lawn
    Fees:
    Free
  • Point Reyes National Seashore

    Eclipse Viewing Party at Bear Valley

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join rangers at Bear Valley 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 USA for the first time in nearly forty years! More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Bear Valley Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Ninety Six National Historic Site

    Full Solar Eclipse: In the "Path of Totality"

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Due to the overwhelming response to this event, the park has reached capacity for the solar eclipse activities and is no longer able to accept further reservations. More

    Time:
    12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Star Fort Pond
    Fees:
    FREE!
  • Niobrara National Scenic River

    Partial Eclipse Party

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Meet at the corrals for fun, children's games, a little citizen science, and (of course) eclipse watching! Safety glasses will be available as supplies last. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
    Fees:
    free
  • Fort Monroe National Monument

    Partial Solar Eclipse

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join us to watch an eclipse visible from every national park across the United States! Free eclipse glasses will be available to safely watch the partial solar eclipse. More

    Time:
    12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Outlook Beach (near East Gate)
    Fees:
    No Fee
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

    Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join Park Rangers at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument to learn how rare a total eclipse is, how to safely view an eclipse, and how they have inspired people for thousands of years. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Alibates Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

    Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join Park Rangers at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument to learn how rare a total eclipse is, how to safely view an eclipse, and how they have inspired people for thousands of years. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Alibates Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing at National Lakeshore

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Solar eclipse fever has hit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as the region will experience an 89% eclipse of the sun! More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road, Portage, IN 46368
    Fees:
    Free
  • Natural Bridges National Monument

    See the Eclipse

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join rangers at Hovenweep Visitor Center to learn about and watch the partial solar eclipse! The eclipse will peak at 11:40 am. See complete schedule below. More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Natural Bridges Visitor Center
  • Hovenweep National Monument

    See The Eclipse

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join rangers at Hovenweep Visitor Center to learn about and watch the partial solar eclipse! The eclipse will peak at 11:40 am. See complete schedule below. More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Hovenweep Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    See the Great American Eclipse

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join the Glen Canyon Night Rangers for safe viewing of the partial solar eclipse at Carl Hayden Visitor Center, AZ and Defiance House Lodge, UT. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Defiance House Lodge
    Fees:
    There is no fee to attend this event
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

    Solar Eclipse

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Come see a spectacular event unfold as the moon’s shadow crosses in front of the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse at our location. Solar glasses will be handed out starting at 8:30 am, first-come, first served and must be present to receive them. More

    Location:
    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Visitor Center
    Fees:
    free
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Solar Eclipse

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join park staff to safely witness the partial solar eclipse! More

    Location:
    Chaco Culture National Historical Park
    Fees:
    Free with park admission
  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Solar Eclipse Beach Stroll

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join millions across the country in viewing the solar eclipse! More

    Time:
    1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Fire Island National Seashore: Wilderness Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free program. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    Solar Eclipse Event

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join us, along with many National Parks across America, for a Solar Eclipse Viewing! Our event will be from 1:30pm-3:00pm, but you are welcome to come any time during the park's normal operating hours. More

    Time:
    1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Vanderbilt Mansion
    Fees:
    $2 - $20 (see event description for more information)
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve

    Solar Eclipse Extravaganza

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    View the partial solar eclipse from a wide open meadow! More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Valle Grande Entrance Station (39201 State Route 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Solar Eclipse Observation

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Witness a partial solar eclipse from an archeoastronomy site! More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Aztec Ruins National Monument
    Fees:
    No event fee, but standard entrance fees apply.
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Solar Eclipse of the Park legends and lore

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join park staff to learn about the history, traditions and myths surrounding solar eclipses. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Pine Springs Visitor Center patio
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Solar Eclipse of the Park safety briefing

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join park staff to learn how to safely view the solar eclipse + receive viewing glasses for this experience. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Pine Springs Visitor Center patio
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Capitol Reef National Park

    Solar Eclipse Viewing

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    View the solar eclipse with us! Join us in front of the Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center, starting at 9:00 am. We will have a solar scope and filter for viewing the event. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

    Solar Eclipse Viewing at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will cross the continental United States for the first time in 38 years. National parks across the country are planning special eclipse-viewing events, including Fort Vancouver National Historic Site! More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Visitor Center and park grounds
    Fees:
    Free
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Come watch the solar eclipse with us! More

    Location:
    Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Come view the eclipse from your National Park. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Caroline and Kingsley Plantation
    Fees:
    Free and Open to All
  • New River Gorge National River

    Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    view the solar eclipse from Grandview More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Grandview
    Fees:
    free
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Lake Mead

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join us at Lake Mead NRA for the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Lake Mead Visitor Center
  • Arkansas Post National Memorial

    Solcar Eclipse Viewing - 1:00 p.m.

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join us to see the solar eclipse! More

    Location:
    Visitor Center
  • Tonto National Monument

    The Great American Eclipse

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join the Miami Memorial Library and Tonto National Monument to witness the solar eclipse. Solar telescopes and eclipse glasses will be available. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Bullion Plaza Museum, 150 N Plaza Circle, Miami, Arizona 85539
    Fees:
    Free
  • Homestead National Monument of America

    Total Solar Eclipse at Homestead National Monument of America

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity! Homestead has a wide range of FREE programs and activities to connect you to the wonders of science, astronomy, the homesteading story, and the Total Solar Eclipse! More

    Time:
    6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Homestead National Monument of America
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Fort Frederica National Monument

    Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Solar Eclipse 2017! More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    park grounds
    Fees:
    free
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    View Partial Solar Eclipse 1:30-3:30 at the Park

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    View a partial eclipse (60% at 2:40pm) through a solar telescope and solar glasses at the More

    Time:
    1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Carriage Barn Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    View the Eclipse from the Colorado River

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    View the solar eclipse on a raft along the Colorado River. More

    Location:
    Lake Mead National Recreation Area
    Fees:
    $58-97
  • Keweenaw National Historical Park

    View the Solar Eclipse from Quincy Hill

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Those interested in viewing the solar eclipse can attend a public viewing event on Quincy Hill from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. The partial solar eclipse (weather permitting) will be at 2:13pm. More

    Time:
    12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Quincy Mine, lawn to the northeast of the 1918 Hoist House
    Fees:
    Free
  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Viewing the Great Eclipse at the Truman Home!

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    A chance to view the total eclipse in the yard of the Gates/ Wallace/ Truman home! (UPDATE 8/15/2017: All spots are claimed as of this afternoon) More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Truman Home, 219 North Delware Street, by ticket only
    Fees:
    Free