Tips for Visitors

Eclipse Begins Monday, August 21, 2017, at 9:08 am
Anticipated Community Impact Days: Thursday, 08/17 – Tuesday, 08/22

Baker County’s population of approximately 16,000 is expected to swell to 66,000 during the impact period. It is best to arrive early, come prepared, and have reasonable expectations, given the situation. Once the eclipse begins, you will forget all about the crowds and any small inconveniences it took for you to experience this wondrous event!

Eastern Oregon is beautiful, but keep local hazards in mind and always know where your safe zones are.
  • Important hazards to be aware of:
  • Wildfires – Don’t park in tall grass, no fires are currently allowed
  • High Temperatures ‐ Heat cramps/exhaustion/stroke –
  • Rugged Terrain and Elevation change –
  • Wildlife – Don’t feed animals and watch out for rattle snakes
  • Cattle – Oregon is an Open Range state where cows could be on or near some roadways

While Visiting During The Eclipse Impact Days:
  • Do not think, “We’ll just pick up what we need when we get there.” Supplies, cash, fuel, and restaurant meals may be limited or have long lines due to high demand.
Think about your personal safety and security:
  • Have a good communication plan with your family members. Cell service may be limited due to the increased volume and terrain. Have an out of area friend or family member you can check in with.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicles. Think through your security plan and how to keep important items secure, i.e., cell phones, telescopes, binoculars, wallets, etc.
  • Make sure your vehicle/RV has been serviced and you are all fueled up and ready to go (gas, propane, etc.)
Help us keep our communities and public areas clean and safe; follow the rule “Pack it in, Pack it out!”
What to Bring With You:
  • Eclipse Viewing Glasses
  • Water (plenty of it)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Necessary medications for you and your pets
  • Cash (ATMs may be limited during this time)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/visor
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Folding chair
  • Jacket or sweatshirt (for the evening hours)
  • Snacks/food for the hours, days you plan to be with us
  • Prepaid phone card – if you need to call long distance and cellular service is not available
  • Maps of area if you need directions (print your directions and bring them with you); your cellular service may be limited during heaviest impact times
Cellular Service: With the increased number of visitors, local public safety officials anticipate cellular
service may become overwhelmed (primarily Monday the 21st) or have limited access during the impact
days. Consider these ideas to assist with communications during this time:
  1. Develop a communication plan with family and friends if you lose or have limited service.
  2. If you only have a mobile phone at home find out which of your neighbors have a land‐line number in case you need to call 911 for an emergency.
  3. Instead of calling try texting to reduce the amount of bandwidth needed.
  4. Wait until you have Wi‐fi to share any photos or items that will require data
Close Gates: To access viewing areas you may come to a gate. These gates are used to keep livestock in a particular cattle grazing area. You may pass through these gates to continue onto your destination on
public land but be sure to close the gate behind you.