Great North American Eclipse
PATH OF TOTALITY
Petit Jean Mountain will be a prime location to view the Great North American Eclipse April 8, 2024. The path of totality will run through Arkansas from southwest to northeast, and Petit Jean Mountain will be right on the "blue line," the path through the center of totality where the total eclipse lasts the longest. The eclipse will last more than 2 hours, 30 minutes, with partial eclipse beginning around 12:30 p.m. and ending at 3. The period of totality will last more than 4 minutes, from 1:49 to 1:53 p.m.
The April 2024 eclipse is historic for the state. Only two total eclipses have happened in Arkansas's recorded history, one in 1834, before Arkansas became a state, and the second in 1918.
Visitors from all over the world are expected to descend upon Arkansas to view the eclipse, with the highest concentration along the blue line. Officials are anticipating tens of thousands of guests on Petit Jean Mountain, and those in the hospitality industry began meeting in early 2022 to plan for the influx of visitors and coordinate services.
LODGING AT CAMP TRINITY
Camp Trinity will be hosting guests in the retreat lodge, five cabins and campground. All reservations for the event will be for arrival Friday, April 5, and departure Tuesday, April 9, (4 nights). A deposit is required to reserve lodging. The deposit is nonrefundable after Oct. 1, 2023. The total fees are due by Dec. 31, 2023; after that date the reservations will reopen for another party.
Although guests will not be required to arrive by Friday, they are strongly encouraged to do so to avoid the anticipated traffic volume on the mountain.
FOOD & SUPPLIES
Concessions will be open during meal times Saturday-Monday at camp. The camp will also have basic supplies on hand for purchase, as it may be difficult to drive to the store. The Trading Post will stock toothbrushes and toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, medicine, insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm, etc. Regular Trading Post items will also be available for purchase: T-shirts, hoodies, caps, water bottles, flashlights, bracelets, necklaces, bandanas. The Trading Post will also have eclipse glasses available.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE ECLIPSE
For more information about the eclipse visit the website of the Arkansas Natural Sky Association, in collaboration with the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, at ar-eclipse.info.
Accommodations at Camp Trinity
Note: The minimum length of time for renting any facility or campsite for the eclipse is 4 nights, April 5-8. The maximum length of stay in any cabin or campsite is 7 nights. The reservation deposit is part of the total cost and is nonrefundable. The security deposit, to cover damages, is refundable.
Call to confirm availability: 501-652-6304
NO SUBLETTING OF FACILITIES IS ALLOWED.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED except for security deposits after post-eclipse inspections.
RETREAT LODGE (The retreat lodge has been reserved)
Lodge has six sleeping rooms, beds for 30, a large gathering room, porch, deck, galley kitchen. Rental is for 4 nights, April 5-8 (maximum 30 people)
$12,000 + $400 security deposit (refundable) + $150 cleaning fee
Reservation deposit $4,000 (nonrefundable); remainder -- $8,000 + cleaning fee & security deposit -- due Dec. 31, 2023
FAMILY CABIN (This cabin has been reserved)
4 nights, April 5-8 (maximum 5 people -- queen, full and twin bed)
$2,000 + $50 cleaning fee and $200 refundable security deposit
Reservation Deposit $1,000 (nonrefundable); the remainder – $1,000 + cleaning fee & security deposit– is due by Dec. 31, 2023)
MINI UNIT (This cabin has been reserved)
4 nights, April 5-8 (maximum 2 people)
$400 + $25 cleaning fee and $100 refundable security deposit
Reservation deposit $150 (nonrefundable after Oct. 1, 2023; the remainder – $375+ cleaning fee & deposit – is due by Dec. 31, 2023)
BUNKHOUSE CABINS (2 cabins are available as of Aug. 31)
4 nights, April 5-8 (maximum 20 people) Cabin has 10 sets of bunkbeds (20 mattresses)
$4,000 + $50 cleaning fee and $200 refundable security deposit
Reservation Deposit $2,000 (nonrefundable; the remainder – $2,000 + cleaning fee & security deposit – is due by Dec. 31, 2023)
RV CAMPSITES (2 sites were available of Aug. 31, 2023)
(RV sites have water, 30-amp electricity)
4 nights (April 5-8) $400 (maximum 6 people per site; maximum one RV or two tents per site)
Reservation deposit $200 (nonrefundable; the remainder – $200 – is due by Dec. 31, 2023)
PRIMITIVE CAMPSITES (Many sites available as of Aug. 31, 2023)
These sites are without water or electricity but with access to the bath house.
4 nights (April 5-8) $200 (maximum 6 people per site; maximum 2 tents per site)
Reservation deposit $100 (nonrefundable; the remainder – $100 – is due by Dec. 31, 2023)
The heavens declare the glory of God, the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Psalm 91:1