Adventure: Join us for an amazing morning and witness an Annular Solar Eclipse with us! The path of totality will angle northwest across southern and central Oregon, giving us a spectacular opportunity to view the eclipse all while exploring the breathtaking Fort Rock.
Naturalist Guided Experience: Fort Rock is a natural wonder that rises out of the flatness of the Oregon high desert. It is an area that is locally referred to as the Sagebrush Ocean, a stunning piece of America’s landscape filled with raptors, coyotes and cowboys. The tuff ring of Ft. Rock’s pinnacles rise above an ancient ocean bed and much like the geologic history of other Central Oregon formations such as Smith Rock, the area’s geology can be traced back to volcanic activity. A hike within the tuff ring, prior to settling in for the annular eclipse, will reveal tenacious stories of life and history! The high desert can be conceived as a foreboding place to survive, yet Native Americans called this very location home for thousands of years along with wildlife and flora that are enriching to one’s connection to nature.
What is an Annular Solar Eclipse? An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the outer edges of the sun visible, forming a “ring of fire” or annulus around the moon. When the moon is near its furthest point from Earth it appears smaller than the sun and thus, does not completely cover the sun during a solar eclipse. As a result, the edges of the sun are not covered by the moon, creating the incredible “ring of fire” effect.
$120 per person
Tour Time: October 14, 2023 | 7:15AM - 11:30AM
Transportation: Departing from our office
Professional naturalist guide & award-winning interpretation
Adventure: A quick, yet inspiring hike within one of Oregon’s most spectacular volcanic tuff rings before settling down to witness the Annular Solar Eclipse
Eyewear: Special eclipse viewing glasses
Treats: Fresh coffee & a local treat from Sparrow Bakery in our office prior to departing
Transportation: Departing from our office (about 1:15 minutes each way)
Camp Chair: Camp chair or blanket for viewing the eclipse
Sun Protection: Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Layers: Warm layers for variable weather
Miscellaneous Gear: Water bottle, camera, snacks (if desired)
Weather & Visibility: We are fortunate to be on the dry side of the Cascades, getting over 300 days of clear skies and sunshine per year. With that said this tour will run regardless of rain or cloudy skies. You can learn more about our weather policy here.