A solar eclipse in 1999. Photo: Luc Viatour
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Warm Springs Tribes offer exclusive and pricey option for viewing solar eclipse





A total solar eclipse is coming to America on August 21 and viewing options exist in Indian Country.

The most exclusive option comes courtesy of the Warm Springs Tribes. The affair on top of Mount Jefferson, the second-highest peak in Oregon, happens to be rather pricey -- it will set you back $80,000, CNET reports.

Big Mountain Heli Tours secured the unique permit, which the firm said is the first in the tribe's history. A camp will be established on the summit for up to six guests.

"There are no other solar eclipse locations like this one in the United States, and the bulk of the site and location cost will go to the Warm Springs Tribes to benefit tribal programs," the firm's website states.

For those wanting something closer to the ground, the Northern Arapaho Tribe has you covered. The Eclipse Celebration offers four days of cultural, educational and other activities at the Wind River Hotel and Casino on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

"The Wind River Reservation is among the very best regions from which to view the 2017 eclipse," the tribe's website reads.

The solar eclipse occurs when the Moon completely covers the Sun's disk. The event will be visible across the continental United States on August 21, with the path of totality stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.

For those not in the path, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will offer live streams from locations across the U.S. at nasa.gov/eclipselive.

Read More on the Story:
Grab this prime solar eclipse viewing spot for just $80,000 (CNET 8/4)
On Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, eclipse planning is a little different (The Casper Star-Tribune 7/29)
Solar Eclipse An Economic Opportunity For Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming Public Media 7/28)