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2023 Annular Solar Eclipse

Many will remember in 2017 when the total solar eclipse was the talk of the summer for those living in or traveling to Oregon. And for good reason, as the “path of totality” went right through the center of the state. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to view in Oregon (although total solar eclipses occur somewhere on Earth every 18 months on average, they recur at any given place only once every 360 to 410 years). Likewise, another incredible celestial event is on the horizon, this time an annular solar eclipse, which is also a once in a generation event.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but unlike a total solar eclipse where the moon completely covers the sun, an annular eclipse occurs when the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun leaving a small ring of the sun visible to viewers often referred to as the “ring of fire”. Jim Todd, director of space education at OMSI in Portland says “The experience is awe-inspiring, beautiful, amazing, and right here in our own backyard.”

Much of Klamath County is in the path of totality, providing spectators with the perfect vantage points to view this unique phenomenon. Here are some tips and tricks for planning your trip: (still link the “planning your trip”)


Klamath County is home to roughly 70,000 people and the eclipse is expected to draw in anywhere between an additional 20,000-60,000 people which means there is likely to be a lot of congestion on roadways, wait times for restaurants and services, and in general just a lot of newcomers to the area so patience will be required and will make your trip more enjoyable!


Some of the areas that may be prime viewing spots will be private property. Please be respectful and respect all posted signs.


It’s likely that with so many people in the county services that we depend on could take longer than usual. It is a good idea to be prepared and come stocked with essentials. A full tank of gas, potable water and non-perishable snacks, fully charged devices and/or extra batteries, and cash in case of bandwidth struggles and credit card terminals are taking longer than usual.


For many this will be a once in a lifetime event. Slow down, be prepared and enjoy the moment!


The eclipse will first land on the Oregon Coast the morning of October 14th, then make its way inland on a southeastward path. Crater Lake National Park, in the northern part of Klamath County, will see annularity shortly after 9am, with near-total darkness. Animals will get quiet and you’ll be able to see shadows of trees and other landscape elements. Coverage should last a little over four minutes, with daylight completely restored just after 10:30am PST. In order to view the eclipse and the ring of fire you MUST wear protective eyewear. Viewing the eclipse without appropriate eyewear will allow too much ultraviolet light to flood the retina of the eye (even in partial and total eclipses). Follow these tips on how to view a solar eclipse safely.

For Klamath County, Crater Lake National Park will be a hotspot for eclipse viewers, though you should use caution if you plan to view from here as the park is at a much higher elevation and will likely already have snow on the ground, and many facilities shut down or be limited for the winter season. However, only 20 miles south from Crater Lake and about 2,000 ft. less in elevation sits the community of Fort Klamath which will be host to EclipseFest23 (Oct. 12-15, 2023), a family friendly festival centered around the eclipse offering one of the longest viewing times at over 4 minutes, five days of camping, food and drink, vendors and artisans, curated activities, and live entertainment from 90’s alt band Smash Mouth. Purchase tickets here.

30 minutes further south, but still with excellent viewing opportunities at 89% obscuration, in Klamath Falls the Running Y Resort will offer visitors and eclipse chasers a star party inclusive of drinks, appetizers, telescopes and an educational overview from OMSI staff the night prior, plus an outdoor breakfast buffet and experience the morning of. The full-service resort will also be offering eclipse themed meals and drinks, and activities throughout the weekend for visitors.

Lava Beds National Monument will also offer great opportunities to view the eclipse at roughly 89% obscuration. The Lava Beds National Monument has more than 800 lava tube caves to explore, the greatest concentration in North America. In addition, the monument encompasses the main battlefields of the Modoc War of 1872-73. An immersive driving audio tour retells the path to war, narrated by Modoc descendent Cheewa James. The monument also includes Petroglyph Point, one of the largest panels of Native American rock art in the United States. Nearby is the site of the Tule Lake National Monument, a Japanese Internment Camp outside Tulelake, California.

If you’re unable to view the eclipse in person, there’s still an opportunity for you! OMSI will be broadcasting the annular eclipse live online. Check out their broadcast schedule and you can join in the global experience wherever you are.

What are some tips for the best eclipse-watching experience?

  • Always wear your certified eclipse glasses for viewing.
  • Keep pets at home since they may scare.
  • Put your phone down and fully enjoy the moment.
  • Instead of trying to capture images of the eclipse, capture shots of your family and of shadows and trees that may look different during the event.
  • Book lodging and campgrounds early, since they will likely sell out ahead of time.
  • Avoid highways and other popular attractions in the path of the eclipse if you want to avoid crowds.
  • Know that cell reception in many parts of Klamath County (especially Crater Lake) is spotty; download maps ahead of time. Fuel up the car ahead of time and pack plenty of water and snacks for long drives.
  • Do not trespass on private property.
  • Be patient, kind and show your thanks with gratuity when visiting local restaurants and other businesses.
  • Treat communities and public spaces as your own — put trash where it belongs; clean up after pets and leave places better than you found them.


Outside of eclipse viewing, Klamath County is a mecca for outdoor adventure and fun. Nature enthusiasts will love hiking in the designated wilderness areas and our mountain lake resorts, adrenaline junkies will find a thrill on Crater Lake ZipLine’s tree to tree canopy course and Spence Mountains epic downhill mountain biking trail system, plus the aforementioned Crater Lake National Park, Oregon’s only national park, right here in Klamath County. Additionally the area offers exceptional bird watching opportunities at six Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges and a network of over 30 Klamath Basin Birding Trails. For those interested in more history and culture the Klamath County and Favell Museums provide fascinating exhibits, and Lava Beds National Monument and Tule Lake National Monument are steeped in exclusive history of their own. After a day of exploring, unwind with a good meal and brew at one of many locally owned restaurants and eateries scattered throughout the county. Find more trip ideas or request a visitor’s guide to start planning your eclipse viewing journey today!







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Paddling is one of the best adventures you can have at Upper Klamath Lake. Photo by Kamrin Nielsen






Get up to date traffic information as you travel throughout Klamath County for the Annular Eclipse and additional activities. TripCheck provides roadside cameras images and detailed information about Oregon road traffic and more.  Click on the image below to view the interactive map.

Get your Annular Eclipse Glasses

Get your Annular Eclipse Glasses at Discover Klamath so you can safely witness the celestial spectacle in style October 14th. Safely experience the mesmerizing ring of fire as the moon dances gracefully across the sun’s surface. Our solar eclipse glasses block 100% of dangerous ultraviolet light and infrared light, as well as 99.999% of intense visible light.  These glasses have been tested and meet the stand requirements for ISO 12312-2:2015. Don’t miss this rare opportunity – grab your glasses and join us for an unforgettable eclipse viewing experience in Klamath County.

Our office is located at 205 Riverside Drive in Klamath Falls, OR. Glasses also available when you order a Visitor Guide.