For the first time in 38 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States; when the moon passes between the sun and the earth on August 21, the moon will temporarily block out any light emitted by the sun. The path of totality, or the area in which the sun will be completely hidden from view, is the best place to catch the natural phenomenon. However, you’ll still catch a great view of the eclipse in locations outside the path of totality.
Denver, Colorado, for example, is beyond the totality path, but it will see roughly 93 percent of the sun blocked out. For those curious about the cosmic happening in Denver, there are a ton of great places to safely view the celestial covering.
Excited Denver dwellers should keep in mind that the partial eclipse in Colorado will begin at 10:23 a.m., display peak coverage at 11:47 a.m., and finish at about 1:14 p.m. It’s also important to note that traffic could be heavy during that day, so make sure to get to your selected viewing destination early.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Wondering where to watch the solar eclipse in Denver? Beginning at 9 a.m., the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will be hosting activities for space enthusiasts of all ages. Bring your solar glasses, use the Museum’s solar telescopes or make your own pin hole camera to safely view the eclipse, participate in eclipse-themed activities with your kiddos, and learn about the science behind the solar eclipse.
Deer Creek Canyon Park
Located 27 miles southwest of downtown Denver, Deer Creek Canyon Park is a beautiful place to catch the partial eclipse. Jefferson Country Open Space Nature and History Programs is hosting a free educational session along with a solar viewing from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. inside the park.
Rooftop Bars and RestaurantsIf you’re of legal age and planning on sipping libations to celebrate the eclipse, consider one of the city’s many fabulous rooftop bars and restaurants. The Fainting Goat, 10 Barrel Brewing, Historians Ale House, and Tap Fourteen all offer outdoor areas for sipping and nibbling as you watch the solar show. Be sure to arrive at your chosen eatery a bit early, to ensure you snag a seat.
Looking to experience the solar eclipse from an elevated altitude? Hike Green Mountain, 12 miles west of Denver, for panoramic views of the surrounding area. This 6-mile roundtrip hike is difficult, and tops out at roughly 2,500 feet. Bring tons of water and embark on your journey early, so you have plenty of time to sit down, relax, and watch the solar eclipse roll by (with your protective glasses on, of course).
Chatfield State Park
Twenty-four miles south of downtown Denver is Chatfield State Park. Within the park are numerous vistas from which to view or photograph the eclipse. The site includes numerous trails and pavilions that are nearby the South Platte River. Arrive before the eclipse or hang around after to check out the numerous plants and animals that are native to the area.
For centuries, labyrinths have served as a means for people to physically move while they quiet their minds. During the August 21 solar eclipse, walk the labyrinth outside the Arvada United Methodist Church and engage in something truly unforgettable. The labyrinth is available for community usage, free of charge, and offers lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
The Columbine Library is hosting an all-ages eclipse viewing party beginning at 9 a.m. The venue is just 15 miles southwest of Denver, and will have viewing glasses available for attendees.