Madison County has been named one of the best places in the United States to view the August 2017 Solar Eclipse. Madison County is situated in the Upper Snake River Valley, with its southern border along the banks of the Snake River. Much of Madison County consist of forest, basalt-sage brush desert and farmland. Two cities are located within the County: the City of Sugar City and the City of Rexburg.
As the Moon’s shadow crosses over central Idaho and nears the Upper Snake River Plain, the eclipse will traverse over mountainous terrain. Madison County will be a desirable place to view the eclipse because of good weather prospects. Low population density should keep the roads reasonably clear and there are many scenic vantage points. You can watch the weather forecasts starting a week before eclipse day to judge whether you can strike for a spot close to home or drive further afield.
The City of Rexburg is the county seat of Madison County, and the largest city in the county. Rexburg has been named one of the Safest Cities in America (ranking 11th and 13th in 2014 and 2015); it is also the Youngest City in America with an average age of 22.3 years. Rexburg is known as America’s Family Community and is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, the state of Idaho’s largest institution of higher learning.
Highways 33 and 20 go through Rexburg, making getting to and from Rexburg easy. With many restaurants, businesses and public parks Rexburg is an ideal place to view the August Solar Eclipse.
Sugar City is a quiet bedroom community 2 miles north of Rexburg, and the only other city in Madison County. Sugar City’s three large community parks offer great viewing locations for the Eclipse.
Viewing the Eclipse in Madison County
Madison County, Idaho
Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 18 seconds
Totality begins at 11:33 a.m. MDT
The Snake River Valley in eastern Idaho consists of farmland and lava fields. This area is an attractive spot for eclipse chasers because of fairly good weather prospects and many roads for evasive maneuvering in the event of local clouds.