Why You Should Come Early, Stay Late and Leave No Trace

Traveling to an eclipse viewing event in the Salem, Oregon area? If so, you’ll want to keep these things in mind. We expect the greatest number of visitors along the ‘path of totality’ – that part of the eclipse route where the sun is 100% obscured by the moon’s shadow. We ask that you to join us in planning ahead and think about the impacts to your activities, travel and safety. Check out these tips!

Come Early

  • Know before you go. Expect large crowds. Most lodging and reservable campgrounds are booked. Options for camping are limited.
  • The people traveling to see the eclipse may have a significant impact on highways, gasoline supplies and other basic needs. Expect delays, traffic backups, changes in normal travel paths (closed roads, detours, etc.).
  • Expect traffic changes. Normal travel paths may be disrupted. As traffic volumes increase, the Oregon Department of Transportation may restrict left turns to and from highways in order to keep traffic moving. Cities and counties may choose to do the same thing on their streets and roads, especially around venues with many visitors.
  • Travel with friends. Joining friends and family for the trip to totality will reduce the number of cars on the road.
  • When you’re early you get the best “seat.”

Stay Late

  • Once you reach your destination, plan to stay put for some time; allow traffic to begin to clear.
  • Plan ahead for your basic needs such as food, water, gas for the car and bathroom breaks in case you’re stuck.
  • Get to know Oregonians and other visitors. It’s a good time to learn about Oregon and other areas from which guests are visiting, and to make friends from around the state/country/world.
  • Enjoy and explore the Salem area!

Leave No Trace

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your site and for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed wild animals. Just don’t do it. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young.

Coming from out of state? Check out the 5 Things Visitors Need to Know When Visiting the Salem, OR Area for the Eclipse.