So…you want to watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Eastern Oregon?
Great! We’re thrilled to introduce you to our friendly communities and stunning landscapes during this spectacular event. To make the most of your visit to Eastern Oregon, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
(1) We are expecting a record number of visitors to the region over the weekend leading up to Monday’s Solar Eclipse. To avoid the traffic and fully experience Eastern Oregon’s slow-paced way of life, consider extending your trip by arriving on Wednesday or Thursday and departing on Tuesday or later.
(2) Many of the best Solar Eclipse viewing areas are in or around small communities with limited gas stations, grocery stores and other amenities. It’s a good idea to fuel up your vehicle on your way into the region and keep the tank topped off.
(3) Be sure to pack enough water, food, and any medications for all members of your group in case of local supply shortages. Temperatures in August regularly reach the 100s, so plan to bring a larger supply of water than you think you will need.
(4) Unplug during your visit. While most of our communities do have cell phone service, coverage will be limited in many areas due to increased demand on our towers. By unplugging for the weekend, you’ll help keep the lines open for those needing emergency assistance.
(5) Keep in mind you may not be able to rely on e-navigation and roadside assistance will be limited. It’s a good idea to check your spare tire, share your travel plans with a friend or relative, and carry a first aid kit and a state map.
(6) Never look at the sun without eclipse-rated eyewear. While many local businesses will carry eclipse viewing glasses or filters, it is possible they may sell out before the event. Make sure you’re prepared by purchasing your glasses ahead of time.
(7) August is the height of fire season in Eastern Oregon. To help us prevent wildfires and protect our natural landscapes, please observe local fire bans:
(1) No campfires and open flames
(2) Use propane BBQs for cooking
(3) Avoid parking in dry grass
(4) Dispose of cigarettes properly