Lonely Planet Writer

Nowhere to stay for the Great American Eclipse? Oregon opens 1000 extra campsites

The chance of glimpsing a rare total solar eclipse – which will be visible in certain areas across the US in August – has led sky-watching travellers to rush to book accommodation even a year in advance.

A hiker admires the view across Hells Canyon from her campsite on a backpacking trip.
Find a place to camp in Oregon. Image by ©Danny Warren/Getty Images

But despite hotels and campgrounds across the country filling up with reservations, procrastinators in the Pacific Northwest may be in luck. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has announced that it will soon open reservations for about 1000 additional campsites for travellers eager to see the “Great American Eclipse”.  

The solar eclipse – when the moon will completely block the sun from view – will take place on 21 August, 2017. It will be visible along a “path of totality”, which is a 60-mile wide strip across the US, which crosses Oregon and heads across the country towards South Carolina. The rarity of the event has led to enthusiasts booking up accommodation in areas where it can be seen.  

Oregon’s parks and recreation department notes that most of the other campsites have been booked up since November 2016, but the new sites will help accommodate more people. About two-thirds of the new campsites are along the path of totality. The cost of the campsites will range with $10 to $31 per night and an $8 reservation fee.

Oregon scenery.
Oregon scenery. Image by ©Lance Moen/Lonely Planet

“We want to make this once-in-a-lifetime event available to as many campers as we can safely accommodate. That’s why we decided to add additional campsites, all at an affordable cost,” said OPRD spokesman Chris Havel in a statement. Reservations for the spots will open at 8 am on 19 April. To learn more about where the campsites are and how to book them, visit the Oregon State Parks website.

If you’re too far to arrange a trip to Oregon, there may still be time to find somewhere else to visit along the path of totality. To learn more about the eclipse, check out a website dedicated to the event.

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