The 12 best places in Utah to view the October “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse

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The “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse may be visible in nine US states on Saturday, October 14, but a large number of eclipse chasers will be heading to Utah.

Only through a narrow, 125-mile-wide path will it be possible to see the Ring of Fire (most Americans will see a partial solar eclipse), but within Utah there are many scenic options. The state also has a climate suitable for clear skies and some of the darkest night skies in the United States

Entering the state at 10:24 a.m. CST on October 14, the “Ring of Fire” will last up to 4 minutes and 40 seconds in Utah near the center line, according to

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 Cairo time, 2 minutes and 36 seconds

More than 10,000 visitors came to Bryce Canyon National Park for the 2012 Ring of Fire, so expect a “very busy day.” The Bryce Canyon bus and shared-use bike path will be the only way in and out, although there will be organized events. The night before will feature an 8pm lecture in 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 Hamels, also at 8pm, with a viewing Telescope. Planned after that.

2. Marysville

10:26 AM Cairo time, 4 minutes and 36 seconds

Although many will head to Sevier on the center line, Marysville near Interstate 89 will see a long-lasting “ring of fire.”

3. Joplin Valley State Park

10:28 AM Cairo time, 2 minutes and 54 seconds

This is usually the least visited Utah State Park West Moab will likely be crowded on October 14, and is sure to hold an event. Goblin Valley State Park has mushroom-shaped headdresses. It will be busy and will cost $40.

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4. Boulder

10:27 AM Cairo time, 4 minutes and 40 seconds

Located south of Capitol Reef National Park, Boulder is home to an 11th-12th century pueblo within the Anasazi State Park Museum. There is a 67-mile Burr Trail to Bullfrog through the remote Henry Mountains.

5. Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

10:27 AM GMT, 4 minutes and 22 seconds

South of Boulder in Escalante, Lower Calf Creek Falls is an easy loop trail totaling 10.2 miles. Just to the south is Kiva Koffeehouse.

6. Canyonlands National Park

10:30 AM GMT, 1 minute 7 seconds

Although most of the islands section is in the sky Canyonlands National Park Off track, her Grand View Point Road He reaches for a short “ring of fire” — and a long display of Billy Beads.

7. Bluff

10:29 AM Cairo time, 4 minutes and 31 seconds

Close to Four Corner, but a little far from the main attractions, this small town on the San Juan River is located on the Ancients Scenic Byway.

8. Josenecks State Park

10:29 AM Cairo time, 4 minutes and 40 seconds

A deep canyon above the meandering (gooseneck) of the San Juan River, the Ring of Fire Fest event in Goosenecks State Park will feature telescopes, sunglasses, food stands, and some free solar eclipse glasses. Entry $5.

9. Natural Bridges National Monument

10:29 AM GMT, 4 minutes and 27 seconds

Home to the Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu natural bridges The first of its kind in the world Dark Sky International Park and Natural Bridges National Monument may be a little off the beaten track.

10. Valley of the Gods

10:29 AM Cairo time, 4 minutes and 40 seconds

Quiet, scenic countryside – 17-mile loop – near Mexican Hat, Valley of the Gods requires a 4WD. The San Francisco-based Exploratorium Museum plans to broadcast the eclipse live from here starting at 9:00 a.m. PT.

11. Mexican hat

10:29 AM Cairo time, 4 minutes and 40 seconds

A settlement on the banks of the San Juan River, Mexican Hat has one of the strangest rock formations in Utah and can be a good location away from the crowds elsewhere in this region.

12. Navajo Tribal Monument Valley Park

10:29 AM Cairo time, 4 minutes and 16 seconds

Navajo Tribal Monument Valley Park It is another location where large crowds are unavoidable, although keeping in mind Navajo culture. In Navajo culture, it is called an eclipse jóhonaa’éí daaztsą́ (“The sun is dead”) and sees the sun being reborn after the event. Some will be inside fasting and prayer.

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I wish you clear skies and wide eyes.

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