Great! We're thrilled to introduce you to our friendly communities and stunning landscapes during this spectacular event. To make the most of your visit, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • We are expecting a record number of visitors to the region over the weekend leading up to the eclipse. To avoid the traffic and fully experience our slower-paced way of life, consider extending your trip by arriving on Wednesday or Thursday and departing on Tuesday or later.

  • Many of the best eclipse viewing areas are in or around small communities with limited gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, and other amenities, so fuel up your vehicle on your way into the region and keep the tank topped off.

  • Be sure to pack enough water, food, and any medications needed for all members of your group in case of local supply shortages. Temperatures in August regularly reach three digits, so plan to bring a larger supply of water than you think you will need.

  • Unplug during your visit. While most of our communities do have cell service, coverage will be limited in many areas due to increased demand on the towers. By unplugging for the weekend, you'll help keep the lines open for those needing emergency assistance.

  • Keep in mind that you may not be able to rely on e-navigation, and roadside assistance will be limited. Check your spare tire, share your travel plans with a friend or relative, and carry a first aid kit and a good regional map.

  • NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT ECLIPSE-RATED EYEWEAR. While many local businesses will carry eclipse-viewing glasses or filters, it is possible that they may sell out before the event. Make sure you are prepared by purchasing your glasses ahead of time.

  • AUGUST IS THE HEIGHT OF FIRE SEASON in eastern Oregon. To help us prevent wildfires and protect our natural landscapes, PLEASE observe local fire bans (detailed information is available on our Seasonal Information page):

          NO campfires or open flames

          Use propane cookstoves for cooking

          Avoid parking in dry grass

          Dispose of cigarettes properly.

For more information on camping, lodging, and travel tips, please visit Travel Oregon.

Dry Camping Available at the Halfway, Oregon Fairgrounds

Tents - $25 per night    Camper - $50 per night    Restroom facilities available
Contact Kim Stutzman-Rowen 541-490-7553

Photos courtesy of Hells Canyon Journal, Baker County Library Historical Archives,

Anna Brisk, Phil Wreden, Cindy Thayer, and Timothy Bishop of Base Camp Baker

News and event information courtesy of Hells Canyon Journal

 

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