Photo courtesy Miracle Mountain Ranch.

WCVB Teaming with Miracle Mountain Ranch for Eclipse Retreat

March 4, 2024

SPRING CREEK, Pa. – A swath of Warren County will be in the path of totality for the upcoming total solar eclipse, and the Warren County Visitors Bureau and Miracle Mountain Ranch have teamed to provide a unique viewing opportunity for this rare event.

MMR will hold a retreat on Monday, Apr 8, 2024, from 1 – 7 p.m. that includes multiple activities, with a break to view the total eclipse (souvenir glasses provided by the WCVB with registration). According to NASA, a partial eclipse in the region will be visible from 2 – 4:30 p.m., with a total eclipse from 3:16 – 3:20 p.m.

Visualization by: Michala Garrison, courtesy of NASA

“There are countless events centered on the eclipse in the path of totality which stretches in a relatively narrow line from Texas to Maine, cutting through the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania,” WCVB Executive Director Casey Ferry said. “We are very fortunate that this line also cuts through about half of Warren County, and we want to embrace it. The fact that there’s only a fraction of Pennsylvania in the path is a benefit to Warren County.”

Though the path of totality has been known for more than a year, Ferry said the WCVB had been waiting for a while for a Warren County entity to offer a viewing event. Eventually, WCVB staff took matters into their own hands.

“We were waiting for a local person to really kind of pick it up and run with it. And as we got closer, we hadn’t been made aware of any of event like that,” Ferry said. “So we started reaching out and we reached out to Miracle Mountain because they are in the path of totality. And they have a big open ranch and they’re a member of ours, it was just a perfect fit. So we contacted them and they just jumped right in.”

MMR, a non-denominational Christian ranch located in Spring Creek, was excited to take advantage of the opportunity.

“We at MMR are excited to be able to partner with the Warren County Visitors Bureau for this once-in-a-lifetime event,” MMR Camp Director Josh Bridges said.” “Psalm 19:1 tells us, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.’ While this is undoubtedly the case every day as we look around at the beauty of creation, we are especially excited to get a unique glimpse of how creative our creator is. A total solar eclipse shows us that our God is an artist, and we are thrilled to open our doors for families and individuals to revel in the beauty of creation.”

There is no school for Warren County School District students on April 8, and Ferry stressed how beneficial the eclipse can be for all of Warren County if businesses and organizations make preparations now.

“The cities in the path will certainly fill up, but we have the unique opportunity to experience the eclipse in a quieter environment with less light pollution,” Ferry said. “If you search for a hotel room now the prices are higher and they’re harder to come by so I know they’re they’re at least coming close to selling out so people should jump on it.”

Even those businesses, especially restaurants Ferry said, that aren’t typically open on Mondays would be wise to alter their schedule.

“Monday is the big day and there will be people here, even people that aren’t going to one of the events, will be here just to be here on the outside, look around and they’ll be hungry,” Ferry said. “So I encourage businesses to be open because you will benefit from it.”

The eclipse marks the beginning of what has the potential to be a big summer for Warren County tourism with the county also boasting the 2024 PA River and Trail of the Year.

“I fully believe that this is gonna be a great year for Warren County and for tourism here, too,” Ferry said. “We do have the river the year, we do have the trail of the year. Allegheny National Forest was recently ranked second in the country for camping locations. So word is getting out. And also for the eclipse. You know, a lot of people are going to the cities where it’s going to be packed. And if they want more fresh air, almost a spiritual experience where you’re just out there on a mountaintop (where) it’s really just you and the eclipse in nature.”

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