SISTERS, OR -- As excitement grows for this summer’s total solar eclipse, lodging opportunities within the path of totality are dwindling. Most hotels and motels within the "path of totality" are already booked for the August 21 eclipse, and State Parks campgrounds sold out within an hour, when the reservation window opened last November.
But, there are still campsites available from the U.S. Forest Service. Those facilities are managed by Hoodoo Recreation, which only accepts reservations six months in advance. But, Jennifer Draper, with Hoodoo Recreation, suggests not waiting until February 21 to make your reservation. "It’s a moving booking window, where you can book up to six months in advance to the first date of your stay. So that means, on Tuesday the 21st, that day might already be reserved if campers wanted to begin their stays earlier in the week. So, if anybody wanted to try and get a really good chance at grabbing those reservations, they may want to plan their stay beginning before the eclipse."
If you miss out on a reservation, Draper says you still have a chance, if you're willing to wait until August and take a risk with a site or campground that doesn't accept reservations. "So, often those sites are not listed on the reservation website, which is Recreation.gov. But, if you wanted a full overview of both the reservable and the first come first served only sites, you can check out our website at HoodooRecreation.com."
Regardless of how you attempt to grab a campsite, the USFS sites are likely to be all full by the time the eclipse actually happens, "We have been getting quite a few phone calls with interest about our facilities," Draper tells KBND News. "Given that we do leave some that are non-reservable, we expect there to be some possibilities for campers. But we are expecting those reservable sites to get snatched up relatively quickly.
The path of totality stretches from Maupin to Redmond with the best local viewing expected to be in Madras. Learn more about the event at NationalEclipse.com or visit NASA's eclipse website.