San Juan County, Utah will be in the direct path of the Annular Solar Eclipse on Saturday, October 14th, 2023!
The town of Mexican Hat, UT, and Goosenecks State Park will be in the direct path of annularity, and the duration of maximum eclipse will be approximately 4 minutes 47 seconds.
Duration of maximum eclipse in neighboring towns:
Bluff, UT: 4 min 42 sec
Monument Valley, UT: 4 min 26 sec
Blanding, UT: 4 min 5 sec
Monticello, UT: 2 min 43 sec
What is the difference between an Annular Solar Eclipse and a Total Solar Eclipse?
A Total Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth and completely blocks out the sun. An Annular Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and blocks out all but an outer ring of the Sun, leaving the Sun's visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the Moon.
Eclipse Events in Southeastern Utah
An eclipse event will be held at Goosenecks State Park the morning of the eclipse. We will update this page as we continue to plan the event, so please check back for more information.
Lodging & Camping
As of October, 2022, local lodging properties are reporting 50%-100% occupancy for the weekend of the eclipse, so if you're planning to come for the eclipse, be sure to book your lodging as soon as possible!
Make your lodging reservation as early as possible. Local hotels are filling up quickly!
Allow ample time the morning of the eclipse to get to the place you're planning to watch it from. We are expecting a large influx of visitors to the area for the eclipse, so don't wait to the last minute to try to get the place you'd like to observe the eclipse from.
Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, and anything else you think you may need for the day. Depending on where you plan to observe the eclipse from, there may be delays leaving area parks, monuments, viewpoints, etc.
Be aware that aside from our communities, cell service is limited throughout San Juan County. We do not recommend relying solely on cell phones for navigation. If you need a paper map, please stop by one of our local visitor centers to pick one up.
Monticello Visitor Center, 216 S Main St, Monticello, UT 84535
Blanding Visitor Center, 12 N Grayson Pkwy, Blanding, UT 84511
Bluff Fort, 550 Black Locust Ave, Bluff, UT 84512
Bears Ears Education Center, 567 W Main St, Bluff, UT 84512
We're excited that you've selected San Juan County to observe the eclipse from. While you're here, please be respectful of our local landscapes, wildlife, archaeological resources, residents & cultures. Here are a few videos that will help you recreate responsibly during your visit to Utah's Canyon Country: