Utah's 12 Best Places to See the October 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse

Utah’s 12 Best Places to See the October ‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse

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The eclipse’s “ring of fire” may be visible in nine US states on Saturday, October 14, but it’s to Utah that the largest number of eclipse runners will be headed.

Only from within the narrow path of 125 kilometers in diameter will be able to see the “ring of fire” (most Americans will see the rainbow), but inside Utah there are many options to see. The state has beautiful clear-sky weather and some of the darkest skies in the US

Entering the country at 10:24 am MDT on Oct. 14, the “ring of fire” will last as long as 4 minutes and 40 seconds in Utah near the centerline, according to GreatAmericanEclipse.com.

It will cross several US National Parks – from Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon to the Grand Staircase-Escalante, Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge.

And that’s just for starters. Here are 12 places to see the “ring of fire” in Utah:

1. Bryce Canyon National Park

10:27 am MDT, 2 minutes 36 seconds

More than 10,000 tourists came to Bryce Canyon National Park to experience the “ring of fire” in 2012, so expect a “busy day.” The Bryce Canyon shuttle and shared bike path will be the only way in and out, although there are scheduled events. The night before will see a talk at 8pm at the North Campground Outdoor Theater by NASA Lunar Scientist Dr. Barbara Cohen while the night after the eclipse will feature an evening program by Caltech postdoctoral fellow Cameron Hummels, also at 8 p.m., with telescope observations. planned after that.

2. Marysvale

10:26 am MDT, 4 minutes 36 seconds

While many will head to Sevier for the center line, Marysvale just off Highway 89 will see a long-lasting “ring of fire.”

3. Goblin Valley State Park

10:28 am MDT, 2 minutes 54 seconds

This is rarely visited Utah State Park West Moab will be busy on Oct. 14 and is confirmed to hold the event. Goblin Valley State Park has a mushroom-shaped hoodoo. It will be busy and cost $40.

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4. A precious stone

10:27 am MDT, 4 minutes 40 seconds

South of Capitol Reef National Park is the town of Boulder, home to an 11th-12th century Puebloan village inside the Anasazi State Park Museum. There is a 67 mile long Burr Trail to Bullfrog that goes through the Henry Mountains.

5. Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

10:27 am MDT, 4 minutes 22 seconds

Just south of Boulder in Escalante, Lower Calf Creek Falls is an easy 6.2-mile loop. Just south is Kiva Koffeehouse.

6. Canyonlands National Park

10:30 am MDT, 1 minute 7 seconds

Although most of the Islands in the Sky section of the Canyonlands National Park it’s out of the way, its Grand View Point Road he reaches for it to find a short “ring of fire”—and a long display of Baily’s beads.

7. Bluff

10:29 am MDT, 4 minutes 31 seconds

Close to the Four Corners, but a little further from the attractions, this small town on the San Juan River is on the Ancients Scenic Byway.

8. Goosenecks State Park

10:29 am MDT, 4 minutes 40 seconds

A deep canyon above the meander (gooseneck) of the San Juan River, Goosenecks State Park’s Ring of Fire Fest event will have telescopes, solar binoculars, food booths and other free solar eclipse glasses. $5 to enter.

9. Natural Bridges National Monument

10:29 am MDT, 4 minutes 27 seconds

Home of the Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu natural bridges and he is the first in the world Black Sky International Park, Natural Bridges National Monument may be off the beaten track.

10. Valley of the Gods

10:29 am MDT, 4 minutes 40 seconds

A quiet stretch of scenic backcountry—a 17 mile loop—near Mexican Hat, Valley of the Gods requires a 4×4. The San Francisco-based museum plans to view the eclipse from here starting at 9:00 am PDT.

11. Mexican hat

10:29 am MDT, 4 minutes 40 seconds

Sitting on the banks of the San Juan River, Mexican Hat has some of Utah’s most unusual rock formations and would make a great retreat away from the crowds elsewhere in the region.

12. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

10:29 am MDT, 4 minutes 16 seconds

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park it’s another place where large crowds are unavoidable, even if you remember the Navajo culture. In Navajo culture, an eclipse is called an eclipse jóhonaa’éí daaztsą́ (“the sun is dead”) and sees the rebirth of the sun after the event. Others will be inside fasting and praying.

I am the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com and author”The Complete Guide to North America’s Biggest Secret April 8, 2024.”

I wish you clear skies and wide eyes.

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