Ground control to Major Tom: You’ll want to view this one from the mountains.
For the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States as the moon passes between the earth and sun on August 21, 2017, briefly transforming daylight into a stunning twilight scene. And while Colorado isn’t in the path of totality (Nebraska and Wyoming are the closest states for that ), Vail Valley’s Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is partnering with the Walking Mountain Science School to host a solar eclipse viewing party from 10 a.m. to noon on its breathtaking mountainous patios and the views will still be epic.
All ages (and dogs) are welcome at the free, kid-friendly viewing, where the Walking Mountain Science School will engage participants in educational family activities, celestial crafts and a safe and unforgettable viewing experience. Tip: Come early to save a spot and set up your equipment, picnic, etc.—the patios will fill up fast.
If you’re looking to make a weekend of the rare phenomena, the Westin Riverfront is also offering an exclusive Rocky Mountain Eclipse Getaway from August 20-23 (with a two-night minimum stay) that starts at $179 per night and includes VIP access to the event, solar eclipse viewing glasses and nightly s’mores at the resort’s fire pits. To book your stay with this once-in-a-lifetime resort package, visit westinriverfrontbeavercreek.