2017 Total Eclipse: Main Salmon River 7 Days


Guest Astronomer, Professor Don Kurtz

This departure on the Main Salmon River in Idaho is extra special as it leads into the sight of a lifetime – a rare total Solar Eclipse which will sweep the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina for the first time in almost 100 years on August 21 (the next similar Eclipse won’t be until 2045).   See the astonishing sight of the Moon as it completely blocks the Sun, the stars come out, the birds go quiet, and the temperature drops, as daytime becomes a deep twilight for around two minutes as the Sun’s corona shimmers and reveals itself in grandeur in the darkened sky.


During the trip there will be a wonderful opportunity to learn from distinguished guest astronomer, Professor Don Kurtz, on how eclipses happen and what to expect on Eclipse day.  There will also be talks about constellations, planets, stars, galaxies, and life in the universe under the stunning dark skies at river camps.


Perhaps the most popular rafting trip in Idaho, the Main Salmon offers a rich river experience on this section of the longest undammed river in the mainland U.S. Free-flowing Class III whitewater that’s great for any age and experience level, big sandy beaches perfect for camping and playing, beautiful mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, and a natural hot spring are among the hallmarks of the Main Salmon.

Things to know: Before You Go

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