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2023 Annular Eclipse


Annular Solar Eclipse 2023 


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 46 seconds.

Duration of maximum eclipse in neighboring towns:


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


Ring of Fire Fest- Goosenecks State Park- Mexican Hat, UT  October 14, 2023

Goosenecks State Park will have a number of telescopes, solar binoculars, food booths, informational booths hosted by the BLM, USFS, NPS, and much more. San Juan County Economic Development & Visitor Services will be handing out free eclipse glasses and visitor information.

2023 Eclipse Festival- Canyon Country Discovery Center- Monticello, UT October 13 & 14, 2023

Canyon Country Discovery Center is offering weekend packages, including viewing the eclipse from their campus.  Additional activities will include a concert, Dark Sky Discovery events, meals, and afternoon activities around Southeastern Utah.


Bears Ears Partnership Eclipse & Astronomy Events- Bluff, UT, October 13-14, 2023

Bears Ears Education Center will be hosting Star Parties on October 13th & 14th, as well as a special presentation on "Multicultural Perspectives of Solar Eclipses" with Dr. Liz MacDonald, who works for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on October 13th. 


Eclipse Viewing Event in Blanding- Centennial Park- Blanding, UT, 8am-2pm October 14, 2023

The city of Blanding will be hosting a public eclipse viewing event from 8am-2pm the day of the eclipse. There will be food & craft booths, free public restrooms, and more.


2023 Annular Solar Eclipse Glamping Weekend Retreat​- Glamping Canyonlands- Monticello, UT, October 13-15, 2023

A Private All-Inclusive Solar Eclipse and New Moon Watch Party. Glamping, converted school bus bar, professional chef starlit dinner, astronomy tour, cocktails and more. 


Ring of Fire OHV Ride- Sunset Outfitting- October 14th, 2023

San Juan County, UT will provide peak viewing of the 'Ring of Fire' eclipse in October. Come join us on a side by side adventure to a remote location with a premium view of this spectacular event. 


Pre-Eclipse Open House- How to Safely View the Annular Solar Eclipse- Blanding Library- Blanding, UT  September 28, 2023, 4-6pm

Guest speakers; Dr. Shannon Brooks & Kalvina Hanely.  Free Solar Glasses available. (Limited quantity) 


** Please be advised that all Navajo Nation Parks & Monument will be closed from 8:00am-1:00pm on the day of the eclipse.  




San Juan County Businesses Selling Eclipse-Related Goods:

Yak's Cafe- San Juan County/Bears Ears National Monument Eclipse Shirts


Information for visiting our communities during the eclipse:

Bluff, UT

Bears Ears Partnership- Bluff, UT

Lodging & Camping

As of April 2023, local lodging properties are reporting 95%- 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!


Know Before You Go & Responsible Visitation:


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:



The following video provides more information on Indigenous Tribes' beliefs and practices regarding eclipses:


For more information on this eclipse and future eclipses, visit:


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