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Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, all areas of the country will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon covers the sun; those in a 70-mile wide stretch starting in Oregon and stretching to South Carolina will be able to experience a total eclipse. In Colorado, the sun will be partially obscured, from about 80% in the southwest to 98% in the northeast.
Viewers in Colorado can expect to see stages of the eclipse from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the peak at around 11:35 a.m. NASA recommends finding a nice, clear spot with a good view of the sky to best experience the eclipse, making Colorado state parks the perfect viewing locations (see the list below).
For more details on the science of an eclipse, see
NASA's Eclipse 101 page.
See NASA's flyer on
how to safely view the eclipse.
Where can I get glasses?
Some parks and libraries will have a limited supply of eclipse glasses for visitors (sponsored by the Space Science Institute's Nation Center for Interactive Learning and the Colorado Parks Foundation), it is highly recommended visitors bring their own ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified glasses, or download and make a pinhole projector for safe viewing.
Remember, regular sunglasses are not appropriate for viewing the eclipse!
Check with your local library and state parks for availability, or see the list of participating Colorado state parks below.
public libraries and state parks are both excellent places to learn more about and view the eclipse. Check with your nearest public library to find out what eclipse-related programs they’re offering.
Many state parks are providing excellent viewing opportunities and programs (below):
Local libraries across the state are offering "Check Out State Parks" passes. These passes allow you free entry to any state park and come with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures and other educational materials to library patrons.For more about this program, visit the Library Backpack page and please be sure to check with your local library ahead of time for pass availabilty.
Sylvan Lake - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Want to learn about science and culture? Join Sylvan Lake State Park to talk about the significance of the event, including cultural aspects and scientific facts related to the Solar Eclipse.
Roxborough - Total Solar Eclipse ViewingMonday, August 21
Join Naturalist Susan Dunn and Susan Meeker for this Solar Eclipse event at the park with previewing at 10:15am through maximum viewing at 11:47 a.m. This is a partial viewing of the eclipse at 92%. Meet at the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. sharp for a walk to the viewing area. Bring a folding chair, snack, and water. Special viewing glasses will be provided to registered participants. Limited spots available. Reservations are required. Meet at the visitor center. Sign up through Eventbrite at least 24 hours prior to the event.
Barr Lake - Solar EclipseMonday, August 21
The solar eclipse is not just about seeing the eclipse. This is a chance for children and adults to learn about space and the outdoors.
Lory - Eclipse 2017 - August 21Monday, August 21
Two Guided Hikes - One up Arthur's Rock trail to the meadow and One down the Shoreline trail. Limit - 20 people each, Reservations are required. Hikes leave Arthurs Parking area at 11 AM. Call the Visitors Center to Sign-up.
From 10 AM to 2 PM
• Kids can make a pin-hole eclipse viewers, paper solar clocks and draw eclipse shadow pictures with provided materials.
• ISO-certified, safe, solar-viewing glasses given to those who register for the guided hikes and on a first-come, first-served basis at the information and kid’s creation station.
Cherry Creek - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Partial Solar Eclipse viewing! Join us at Cherry Creek State Park Monday August 21st to be a part of this special event! Watch the moon block part of the sun.
Rifle Gap - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Solar Eclipse Watch Party at the Rifle Gap Visitor Center.
Chatfield - Solar Eclipse ViewingMonday, August 21
Join us for the rare Solar Eclipse at Chatfield State
Park! We will discus cosmic science while viewing the
North American Solar Eclipse. This event only happens
once every 7 years. Hope to see you all there!
Meet at the Campground Amphitheater
Ridgway - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Learn about the Solar Eclipse at Ridgway State Park.
Castlewood Canyon - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Want to view this rare special event in an absolute gorgeous park? Join us at Castlewood Canyon State Park for this special experience.
Eldorado Canyon - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Come out and enjoy this one in a lifetime event high above the canyon floor.
Mueller - Total Solar Eclipse Event Monday, August 21
Join us for the celebration of the Total Solar eclipse. We will be making solar prints, safely view the eclipse at 11:47, test sunscreens and learn to make a pinhole projector
Cheyenne Mountain - Great American Eclipse HikeMonday, August 21
90% coverage is nothing to scoff at. And where better to view than in a State Park on the Front Range?
Lathrop - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Join us for the 2017 Solar Eclipse!
Yampa River - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Come enjoy a solar eclipse viewing party at Yampa River State Park!
Vega - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Come enjoy viewing the Solar Eclipse at Vega State Park.
St Vrain - Solar Eclipse ExperienceMonday, August 21
Looking for a place to experience the historic 2017 Solar Eclipse? Look no further! Join us at St Vrain State Park for a short presentation followed by viewing the eclipse. Eclipse glasses will be provided to each participant. RSVP's are required.
Staunton - Solar Eclipse Experience Monday, August 21
Join us for this once in 7 years event! We will learn about different types of eclipses and how to safely view them.
Navajo - Solar Eclipse Experience Monday, August 21
Come enjoy some history on the eclipse along with being able to view this historic event from our park!