Eclipse 2017


The City of Mitchell had hoped to offer camping on nearby BLM land for the 2017 Eclipse. Unfortunately, we were not able to work out an agreement with our insurance company for this event, so we will be unable to offer any camping/rv sites.

As landowners outside of the city notify us that they will allow camping on their properties, we will list email addresses here on our website so that you can contact them directly.

We sincerely hope you will choose to visit our area at some other time as we believe you will be amazed by the spectacular beauty of our Painted Hills.

On Monday, the 21st of August, 2017, the eclipse hits land on the Oregon coast at 10:15 a.m., then moves gateway47 testingacross the state over Salem, Warm Springs, Madras, Mitchell, Prairie City and Huntington near the Snake River. Summer in Oregon, east of the Cascade Range to the Idaho border, normally has the best weather for viewing anywhere along the eclipse’s path across the United States.  Mitchell and a 5 mile area around it, including the Painted Hills National Monument, will be the best place for you to experience a total solar eclipse! A historical moment for this small town!

The info below is taken from Wikipedia,_2017

“solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of miles wide.
The eclipse will have a magnitude of 1.015 and will be visible from a narrow corridor through the United States. The longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes 44.3 seconds at 37°38′12″N 89°15′24″W in the Shawnee National Forest just south of Carbondale, Illinois. It will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the southeastern United States since the solar eclipse of March 7, 1970.”

The residents of Mitchell have started to talk about how to best handle the thousands of visitors who will descend upon the town for this historical event.