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Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Colorado

Eclipse viewing parties and events in the Denver metro area and beyond.

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On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in portions of the United States. To see the eclipse in its totality, you”ll have to venture out of the Centennial State, but here in Denver, you”ll be able to witness a partial eclipse—the moon will cover more than 90 percent of the sun at around 11:45 a.m. To celebrate the celestial event, we rounded up a list of local places to watch the solar eclipse.

Remember, if you intend to watch the eclipse on your own, never, ever look directly at the sun. Appropriate (ISO-certified) solar eclipse viewing glasses are necessary to protect your eyes – regular sunglasses won’t cut it. The glasses are available for free in many locations around town, but are disappearing quickly. Glasses will be available at many of the events listed below while supplies last.

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Eclipse Day at DMNS

Celebrate at the museum and safely observe the solar eclipse on Boettcher Plaza. Eclipse-themed activities will take place throughout the day, including NASA’s live stream of the total eclipse from different locations across the country. A limited number of free solar eclipse glasses will be available; glasses are also available for purchase for $3 in the gift shop.

Date: August 21

Location: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Cost: activities are free with general admission

Website: dmns.org

Solar Eclipse Party

View the near-total solar eclipse, enjoy space-related activities and stories, and use special glasses and pinhole viewers to observe the eclipse. Reservations required.

Date: August 21

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Location: Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Rd., Lafayette

Time: 11 a.m.

Cost: free

Website: cityoflafayette.com/librarycalendar

Viewing Events at Jefferson County Public Library

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Head to any Jefferson County Public Library to safely view the eclipse. Some locations will have art projects and crafts for kids. Eclipse glasses will be available at all locations, while supplies last.

Date: August 21

Location: all Jefferson County Public Library locations

Time: hours vary based on location

Cost: free

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Website: jeffcolibrary.org/events

Viewing Events at Douglas County Libraries

Enjoy activities for the whole family at all Douglas County Libraries locations (except Louviers, which is currently closed for renovations). Special eclipse viewing glasses will be available, while supplies last.

Date: August 21

Location: allDouglas County Libraries locations (except Louviers)

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Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: free

Website: dcl.org

Solar Eclipse Live Stream and Storytime

See a live stream of the total solar eclipse, followed by storytime, crafts, and activities from the library in the auditorium lobby.

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Date: August 21

Location: Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: free

Website: broomfield.org

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Family Event: Solar Eclipse Viewing

View the eclipse from the second floor balcony, followed by kids” activities. Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided.

Date: August 21

Location: Bear Valley Branch Library, 5171 W. Dartmouth Ave., Denver

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Cost: free

Website: denverlibrary.org

Solar Eclipse Party

Observe the sun through solar viewing telescopes, tubes, and boxes, and watch a live feed of the eclipse from locations in totality. Planetarium shows will run in the center’s inflatable planetarium, and there will be an eclipse viewer craft for kids.

Date: August 21

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Location: Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: all outdoor activities are free

Website: discoverspace.org

Solar Eclipse Watch Party

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Walking Mountains is hosting a free Solar Eclipse Watch Party on the patio, with guided viewing and family-oriented activities including celestial crafts and themed games. The party is suitable for all ages, and glasses will be provided.

Date: August 21

Location: Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain, 126 Riverfront Ln., Avon

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: free

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Website: walkingmountains.org

2017 Partial Solar Eclipse Watching Event

Safely view The Great American Eclipse at Regis University. Talk with Regis astronomers, make pinhole projectors, and learn about astronomy. In case of cloudy weather, the eclipse will be live streamed in the Science Amphitheater. Parking on campus is free during event. Free solar eclipse glasses will be handed out while supplies last.

Date: August 21

Location: Regis University, North Boettcher Commons, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver

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Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Cost: free

Website: regis.edu

Great American Eclipse Hike at Cheyenne Mountain

Join a guided hike during the first half of the eclipse on Racoon Ridge and Boulder Run trails at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Hike ends at the park’s amphitheater for an unobstructed view of the eclipse. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch. Eclipse glasses will be available in the park while supplies last, bring your own to ensure you’ll have a pair for viewing. Reservation required for hike: 719-576-2016, cheyenne.park@state.co.us. Viewing the eclipse from the amphitheater will not require reservations.

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Date: August 21

Location: Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, Colorado Springs

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $7 day pass required for all vehicles

Website: cpw.state.co.us

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Solar Eclipse Experience at Cherry Creek

Safely watch the solar eclipse at the swim beach in Cherry Creek State Park. All ages. Protective eyewear will be provided.

Date: August 21

Location: Cherry Creek State Park, 4201 S Parker Rd., Aurora

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Cost: $9 day pass required for all vehicles

Website: cpw.state.co.us

Solar Eclipse Experience at Castlewood Canyon

Safely watch the eclipse from the visitor center at Castlewood Canyon State Park and learn a few facts about the solar eclipse. Viewing glasses will be provided. All ages.

Date: August 21

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Location: Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 S. State Hwy. 83, Franktown

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Cost: $7 day pass required for all vehicles

Website: cpw.state.co.us

Solar Eclipse Viewing at Chatfield

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View the solar eclipse from the Campground Amphitheater at Chatfield State Park and learn about cosmic science. To be safe, bring your own eclipse viewing glasses.

Date: August 21

Location: Chatfield State Park, 11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Cost: $8 day pass required for all vehicles

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Website: cpw.state.co.us

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in Sondermann Park

Join the Catamount Institute for a solar eclipse viewing party in the park. Kids can enjoy an eclipse viewer craft and a dance party. Special viewing glasses will be available.

Date: August 21

Location: Sondermann Park, 740 W. Caramillo St., Colorado Springs

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Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: donations are appreciated

Website: catamountinstitute.org

Solar Eclipse at Florissant Fossil Beds

Join park staff at the visitor center to learn how to safely view the partial solar eclipse. Kids can make a pinhole camera.

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Date: August 21

Location: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, 15807 Teller County Rd. 1, Florissant

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: $5 per adult; free age 15 and under

Website: nps.gov

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