About Total Eclipse on the Prairie
Located in Gering, Nebraska: Pitch your tent in the field grass under beautiful old shade trees surrounding our communal fire ring. Wake up to the song of the Meadowlark and the rosy hue of a prairie dawn. Establish your campsite in the PATH OF TOTALITY over the weekend where you can stake out your preferred viewing spot on 200 acres of private land.
You will find your spirit awakened by the magic of this land featuring Oregon Trail era prairie and unique sandstone bluffs that were recorded as significant landmarks in the pioneer journals of people traveling on the Oregon Trail.
The campsite features a huge downed tree for seated meditation with a stunning view of Dome Rock, also a wonderful play spot for kids. There is also a swing set featuring both child and adult-sized seats. It is possible to hang a hammock in the camping area. The prairie is accessible by foot within a 5-minute walk from the campsite.
The camping site itself is on a homestead next to 200 acres of prairie bordering the Scotts Bluff National Monument, a mere mile as the crow flies from Oregon Trail era ruts. Enjoy this natural setting of prairie grasses perfect for long walks. Jump the fence and legally enjoy hiking and climbing at varying degrees of challenge on the national park land which is part of the visual landscape of this site. It is illegal to climb Dome Rock, however one may hike to the bottom "rung" and enjoy the amazing view of the whole valley.
This land also features beautiful canyons full of berry trees, wildflowers, American sagebrush, yucca, cactus, a wide array of native prairie grasses and medicinal plants. Let the sweeping view expand your consciousness.
In celebration of the eclipse, a welcome potluck is planned on Sunday evening. A dish to share or monetary donation is appreciated to help cover costs of the meal provided.
A free yoga class will be offered on Sunday and Monday morning, so bring your mat along if you'd like to participate. There will likely be a bonfire each night in the community fire pit, bring your musical instruments along if you'd like.
NASA has named Nebraska the top location for viewing the August 21st Total Eclipse of the Sun because of our huge unobstructed skies and its history of good weather and cloudless days that time of year.
Eye safety is important. Hipcampers will receive free Eclipse glasses on Eclipse Day. Commemorative T-shirts will also be available for purchase.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed
No smoking or open flame of any kind is allowed on the Prairie; however, there is a community fire ring at the campsite.
No glass containers of any kind are allowed on the prairie, but this does not apply to the campsite.
No firearms allowed anywhere on the campsite nor the Prairie
Wildflowers exist on the prairie and should not be picked nor should stones or artifacts be removed
You are responsible for your own trash (leave nothing behind in the campsite or on the prairie)
All Federal and Nebraska state laws are recognized on this land
The campsite and prairie grounds are on uneven ground, step carefully
You are responsible for your own safety
Those who do not follow the site rules will be asked to leave immediately. Access involves an easy 5-minute walk on prairie grasses where there are no trails. Guests should wear appropriate shoes and long pants, as this is wild natural land where *rattlesnakes and a variety of non venomous snakes are sometime spotted.
*A note about snakes and other wildlife:
While rattlesnakes are mostly seen in the canyon, on the rock hills, sometimes on the road near and around our corral area, it is not likely you will see one. Should you encounter a snake on the prairie: Slowly back away and exit the area. Under no circumstances should you approach the snake, follow the snake, or try to hurt the snake. If for some reason you are bitten, stay calm and immediately call 911. At the earliest possible time, please report any sightings and general location to the camp host.
Other wildlife seen in this area include: Meadowlark, Great Horned Owl, White Tailed Deer, Coyote, Opossum, Raccoon, Skunk, Badger, Fox, and a variety of birds of prey.
If you encounter a coyote: Stand your ground and make yourself as large as possible. Slowly back away from the animal while making a menacing sound. Do not run nor turn your back on the animal. Coyotes are generally not interested in people, but do protect the boundaries of their territory. Pets are not allowed on the prairie specifically because of the risk posed by coyotes.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 18
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 12PM
- Check out before: 3PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 1 month out