"Path of Totality"
Midvale is in the "Path of Totality", within 13 miles of the epicenter, and is known for its sunny and clear summer skies making it a premier location for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017
From the Farmer's Almanac
AUG. 2017: Temp. 72° (avg.); precip. 1" (avg.)
1–4 Sunny, hot.
5–16 Scattered t-storms, cool.
17–22 Sunny, hot.
23–31 Sunny, turning cool.
About The Eclipse
On August 21, 2017 at approximately 11am, the moon will pass across the sun to produce a total eclipse of the sun. This is a sight few ever get to see. Click here to check out NASA's website about the eclipse. June 8, 1918 was the last time a total solar eclipse crossed the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth once in every 18 months on average. In any one location, a total solar eclipse is very rare, occurring on average once every 375 years. During a total solar eclipse, the Moon’s shadow is cast upon the Earth. There are two parts to this shadow – an outer shadow that covers a wide region creating a partial eclipse, and a much smaller central shadow that creates the total eclipse. As the Earth rotates, the central shadow creates a thin path known as the path of totality. MIDVALE IS DIRECTLY IN THE PATH OF TOTALITY! Therefore, you will experience nature’s most amazing spectacle – a total eclipse of the Sun.
Viewing the Eclipse
It is essential to consider eye safety when planning for the eclipse. People must use solar filters to view the partial phases of the eclipse. Totality can be viewed safely with the naked eye in the path of totality - like here in Midvale.
Few people that you will meet have experienced a total solar eclipse. Most people remain unaware of how incredible this natural event is.
Viewing areas will be available here in Midvale for your enjoyment. Please check out the Where to Stay/View page for more details on camping/viewing areas as many camping areas will be available for viewing the day of the eclipse if you are driving into down that day.
Click here to view an article written by Ralph Chou, who is an eclipse-chasing Professor Emeritus of Optometry, considered to be the leading authority on eclipse eye safety.
Washington County has an active burn ban meaning absolutely no open flames (campfires, cookstoves [including propane], cigarettes/cigars/pipes, etc). Be aware - dry grass can be ignited simply by driving over it due to heat generated from the underside of vehicles. Campers are urged to bring a fire extinguisher to camp just for a safety precaution. You will be financially responsible for any damage caused, as well as full emergency response costs, of any fire you start, whether intentional or accidental. If caught with ANY open flame you may be fined, serve jail time, and also be responsible if any one is hurt or killed due to a fire you start.
Seriously, just don't do it.
Only camp in designated areas.
Do not trespass on private property or you will be prosecuted.
Cell Phone Service
Visitors should be made aware that cell service may be limited or non-existent the weekend of the Eclipse due to the number of people in the area. Cell phone service towers will most likely be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of devices in this area, so be aware that service may be disrupted during your time in this area.