The moon will pass in front of the sun for a ring of fire eclipse on the morning of Sat. Oct. 14
On the morning of October 14, 2023, a handful of US states will be treated to a rare ring of fire eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun but leaves a thin ring of sunlight around it. At Hipcamp, we're here to help you get the best view! Use our interactive eclipse map to find and book the very best campsites and RV spots in the path of the ring of fire eclipse so you can experience the wonders of a solar eclipse with your own eyes in Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, or Texas.
Looking for 2024 eclipse camping? We've got you covered there too.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in front of the sun. There are four types of solar eclipses, but during these rare cosmic alignments, the moon blocks out at least part of the sun for a few minutes.
An annular eclipse is a type of solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when a new moon passes between the earth and the sun, partially or totally covering the sun. During an annular eclipse, the moon covers only the sun’s center, leaving a thin ring of sunlight around the moon for a ring of fire effect.
Annular eclipses are known as “ring of fire” eclipses because of the incredible thin ring of sunlight that is visible around the moon during this phenomenon.
At your service! The Hipcamp 2023 solar eclipse map highlights the best campsites with a view of the ring of fire eclipse in every state so you can choose your prime viewing spot. State and national park campgrounds are likely to get fully booked far in advance, so we work hard to unlock access to more places to get outside. That said, it's still strongly recommended that you plan ahead and reserve your eclipse campsite early. The ring of fire eclipse is expected to be the most popular camping event in 2023. Spots are limited!
In the United States, the 2023 annular eclipse will begin in far western Oregon at 9:15am PT and end right around noon CDT in Texas on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Depending on your location, this ring of fire solar eclipse can last for as long as 5 minutes in Texas or as short as 4 minutes and 30 seconds in Oregon. To find out what time the eclipse will reach a specific location, check out this interactive map.
To find out when the eclipse will reach your campsite—or any location—check out this interactive map. It shows what time the eclipse will begin and end in any given area, as well as how long the partial portions of the eclipse last. Plus, you can see how cloudy a location was in previous years on October 14.
On the morning of Saturday, October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse hit the US. Also known as a ring of fire eclipse for the thin ring of sunlight that shines around the moon, this eclipse tarted in the northwestern part of the country in Oregon before traveling southeast over parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. Miss it? No problem—there's still time to book a campsite for the even more incredible 2024 total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
Yes, an annular eclipse will be visible on the morning of October 14, 2023, in some US states. We recommend booking a campsite within the path of totality for Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15. Find yours.
The 2023 ring of fire eclipse will occur on the morning of Sat. Oct. 14. In the US, its timing will range from pending which state you are in—from 9:15am PT in far western Oregon to about 11:55am CDT near Corpus Christi, Texas. To find out when the eclipse will reach a specific location, check out this interactive map. It shows what time the eclipse will begin and end in any given area, as well as how long the partial portions of the eclipse last. Plus, you can see how cloudy a location was in previous years on October 14.
To safely look at an eclipse, solar eclipse glasses are required. During the 2023 annular eclipse, it will not be safe to take off these special glasses at any time.
The 2023 ring of fire eclipse will last longest in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, but in the US, the eclipse will last the longest in Texas—for 5 minutes. Every state in the path of annularity will see the ring of fire for at least 4 minutes and 30 seconds, including locations along the centerline in Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The center line is the direct center of the path of annularity, and this is where the ring of fire will last the longest. The farther away from the center line, the shorter it will last, so be sure to choose a location as close to the centerline as possible for maximum eclipse viewing. Find a campsite for the 2023 eclipse.