Warm Springs Grants Historic Access to Heli Tour Company for Mt. Jefferson Eclipse Basecamp Adventure

A Bend-based helicopter tour company and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have teamed up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an unparalleled view of the 2017 total solar eclipse.

The tribe has issued Big Mountain Heli Tours an exclusive permit to shuttle six guests to the eastern flank of Mt Jefferson (Oregon’s second tallest peak). There, alpine guides will fly in ahead of time and fully stock a basecamp with provisions for the length of your stay.

This is the first time in the 138-year history of the Tribes that this exclusive access has been granted.

Your exclusive camp will be staffed by a local mountain wilderness guide, medic, and chef who will help you practice zero impact camping at this unique and stunning location. To the north will be mountain views as far as Mount St. Helens. To the south, even more expansive snow-capped Cascade views. The eclipse will happen directly in front of the campsite with a shadow that will race across the plains and Lake Billy Chinook below before enveloping the entire mountain at 10.05am.

“We’re honored to be the premier partner with the Confederated Warm Springs Tribe on this historic location for Solar Eclipse,” said Big Mountain Owner Patric Douglas. “Our summit team of eco guides will ensure the summit remains pristine and that our time here has no impact on this incredible and awe inspiring location.”

With an unobstructed view from 8,500 feet, the location cannot be beat for viewing the total solar eclipse as it passes through Central Oregon on August 21st. Big Mountain Heli tours will handle all of your transportation, provisioning, and staffing for up to five days at the cost of $80,000. The location permit proceeds will go to Warm Springs Tribal Programs and help fund schools on the reservation, located just north of Madras. The costs can be written off as a donation.

For more information call 541-668-7670.

* There are a number of areas on the reservation that are open to non-Tribal members through the purchase of a fishing/camping permit including Indian Park, Lower Dry Creek, and the High Cascade area including Long Lake, Dark Lake, Island Lake, Boulder Lake and Trout Lake. Maps, additional information and permits can be found online at tribalpermit.com.


One Comment

  1. Stephen
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    That’s pretty amazing. So happy to see the permit will benefit the tribes directly! Also, INSANE location to watch the solar eclipse!

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