Solar Eclipse Frenzy
Staying in Utah for the eclipse?
Utah is recognizing the much-anticipated solar eclipse across the state. With viewing locations in Northern Utah (check out our Yellowstone Loop itinerary) and 91 percent totality across the state — this celestial phenomenon is drawing lots of through travelers and is a worthwhile stopping destination in its own right. Not to mention, Utah allows you to pair the day-time solar eclipse with an evening of additional celestial feasting at one of Utah's certified dark sky parks.
The eclipse will be closest to totality across Utah at 11:30 a.m on August 21, 2017.
Whether passing through on your northern trek, or taking advantage of a Utah visit, consider these worthwhile experiences and resources:
Location: Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center, near Torrey
Take in the occasion at a certified gold-tier International Dark Sky Park. A solar telescope and a telescope with a solar filter will be set up in front of the visitor center on the morning of the eclipse for visitors to view the approaching lunar shadow, partial eclipse and decreasing lunar shadow.
Location: Snowbird Ski Resort
Experience the eclipse from a stunning, high-alpine viewpoint while riding the gondola. Eclipse viewers will be available for purchase, and yoga will kick off the morning.
Locations: Various locations across Salt Lake City — The Gateway Plaza Fountains (400 West and South Temple), Wheeler Farm (6351 S. 900 East, Murray), Salt Lake City Public Library main branch (210 E. 400 South)
Planetarium and Goldman Sachs volunteers and Goldman Sachs will be equipped to entertain and teach with solar telescopes and pinhole viewers. These events will offer eclipse viewers available to purchase for $2 each as long as supplies last. The main library event is limited to 200 attendees.
Location: Various branches across Salt Lake County
The library is hosting storytelling, craft creation, rocket launching and solar eclipse displays at free events across library locations.
Expect extremely heavy traffic along I-15 from August 20–22. Many people from south of the path of totality will travel this route to get to the northern regions of the eclipse. Plan travel accordingly. Consider downloading the Utah Department of Transportation's Traffic App for traffic updates.
Since the sun will still be visible throughout the entire eclipse as seen through Utah, it is critical that anyone looking at the eclipse has a special eclipse viewer that makes it safe to look directly at the sun. A regular pair of sunglasses won’t protect viewers’ eyes, and no one should look directly at the sun. Be prepared! Bring paper maps, pre-packed food and water, cash, first-aid and a full tank of gas. Learn more with NASA's recommendations for reputable viewers certified as “ISO 12312-2.”
If you’re passing through Utah to the path of totality, consider enhancing your journey with one of our recommended itineraries, featuring stops at many of Utah's certified International Dark Sky Park and additional sanctuaries of natural darkness.
Capitol Reef After Dark
As a gold-tier International Dark Sky Park, there is so much you need to see in Capitol Reef after the sun goes down.
Yellowstone Loop Itinerary
Utah and Salt Lake are the perfect gateway to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. This itinerary will show you some of the best Northern Utah has to offer along the way.