Inn at Cross Keys Station: Information & Reservations
We are not running an official tour but
we are holding lodgings
for this eclipse that you can book with us
(and we can help with trip planning)
Note: For those guests who do not wish to remain at the hotel for the eclipse,
we have also reserved a prime viewing location at a nearby, secluded park
Continental Capers Travel has reserved rooms at the Inn at Cross Keys Station in Madras, Oregon for those who wish to observe the Total Solar Eclipse of Monday, 2017 August 21. Madras has some of the best weather prospects for this eclipse. If interested in holding space at this hotel, please read the following, fill out the reservation form and return to Continental Capers Travel with your refundable deposit. (See Costs.)
NOTE: We have been inundated with requests for reservations & have a long Waiting List so we are sorry that we can no longer take reservations or add people to this list.
The Hotel: Inn at Cross Keys Station • 66 N.W. Cedar Street • Madras, Oregon
Fig. 1. The Inn at Cross Keys Station. Google satellite view shows the Inn. The eclipsed Sun will be in the southeastern sky. A small shopping center and other buildings lie east of the Inn. Because the ground slopes downward from the Inn to the east, city areas in this direction are about 50 ft. or more lower. This provides a clear, low eastern horizon for observers who want to stay on the grounds of the Inn for the eclipse. Also, areas owned by the Inn on its west side are still higher. Click image to enlarge in new window. More hotel pictures here. (Cred. Google Maps.)
About the Inn: This a new, three-story, 72-room hotel located at the northern end of Madras, Oregon along U.S. Highway 26 (Fig. 1). Amenities, include a hot deluxe breakfast, an indoor pool and hot tub area, exercise room, outdoor patio, business center and free wireless access. Pets welcome with a fee. Other services include ice and vending on each floor, on-site washer/dryer and a guest store offering sundry items. Elevator access provided. This is a non-smoking hotel but has patio area for smokers. Lobby contains memorabilia reminiscent of the early 1900s when area locals made a living growing alfalfa, raising cattle, and shepherding sheep.
Rooms. Single Kings, Double Queens and Family Suites with 3 Beds (Single Queen in main room, Two Queens in second room, single bathroom). Executive Business Suites and Handicap Accessible Rooms also available. All rooms have AC w/Climate Control, Coffee/Tea Maker, Desk Work Area, Iron & Ironing Board, Free Long-Distance Access, Free Local Calls, Radio Alarm Clock, Refrigerator & Microwave, Additional In-Room Toiletries, Bowed Shower Curtains, Hair Dryer, 32-in. Flat Screen LCD TVs, Free HBO & WiFi, Premium Cable.
Hotel ranked #1 in Madras. (Trip Advisor: 4.5 stars out of 5.) See pictures of Inn at Cross Keys Station.
Madras This small city (pop. abt. 6,000) is the county seat of Jefferson County (see map). Madras is located about 2,300 feet (700 m) above sea level in a circular valley in north central Oregon east of the scenic Cascade Range and approximately 60 miles (90 km) southwest of prominent Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest mountain (11,249 ft or 3,429 m). Mt. Jefferson, Oregon's second highest peak (10,497 ft or 3,199 m) and a stratovolcano like Mt. Hood, lies 33 miles (53 km) west of Madras.
Madras sits near the northern border of the Oregon High Desert Region near the southern edge of the Columbia Basin. (See physical map). Madras's location on the eastern, drier flanks of the western mountains helps this city enjoy 300 days of sunshine and a low yearly rainfall. Seven miles (11 km) west of the city flows the Deschutes River, a major tributary of the Columbia, largest river in the Pacific Northwest. In the Madras area fishing, hunting, camping, boating, water-skiing and rock hunting are major tourist activities. About ten miles to the southwest of Madras lies nearby Cove Palisades State Park and the Metolius River Recreational area that provides water recreation, hiking and biking.
Warm Springs Indian Reservation (consisting of abt. 1,000 sq mi or 2,600 sq km) is approximately ten miles to the northwest. The reservation is occupied and governed by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs consisting of three tribes of the Pacific Northwest: Wasco, Tenino (Warm Springs) and Northern Paiute.
Both Jacoby Ellsbury, who plays for the Boston Red Sox, and the late actor, River Phoenix, were born in Madras.
Madras is easily reached from Portland, Oregon's most populous city. Driving time from the Portland Airport, a distance of about 115 miles, is about 2-1/2 hours via US. 26, a scenic drive through the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Madras Summer Weather: Madras has a semi-arid steppe climate characterized by minimum precipitation during summer months. This region also sits in the rain shadow (or dry side) of the Cascade Mountains. August, when the eclipse occurs, also has the lowest average rainfall of the year, only 0.38 inches (9.7 mm). Average August temperatures range from 50° to 86°F (10° to 30°C). More Madras weather information here.
The Eclipse at Madras: Monday, 2017 August 21
|Duration of Totality
||06:15 a.m. PDT
||(Sun's Azimuth 72° east of north)
|Start of Partial Eclipse
||09:07 a.m. PDT
||(Sun's Altitude 29°)
||10:21 a.m. PDT
||(Sun's Altitude 42°)
|End of Partial Eclipse
||11:41 p.m. PDT
||(Sun's Altitude 52°)
The Inn at Cross Keys Station is 13.5% or 4.2 miles south of the eclipse center line where the half-shadow width is 31.3 miles so the duration lost for totality is only about one second. (See Oregon Eclipse Map.)
In addition, for those guests who do not wish to remain at the hotel for the eclipse, we have also reserved a prime viewing location at a nearby, beautiful secluded park. Box breakfasts and lunches will be provided for guests who preorder. (Information will be sent to guests who have booked with us.)
Although the duration of totality is longer in the eastern USA, good weather prospects for the eclipse rank Madras as a prime USA viewing area rather than much poorer weather locations in mid-western and eastern regions. Detailed information about the eclipse and the circumstances at Madras here.
Note: See photo of Madras's eastern sky from in front of the Inn at Cross Keys Station taken 2015 August 21, exactly two years before the "Great American Eclipse." Photo shows Sun (overexposed) at 10:30 a.m. PDT, or about 10 minutes after totality will end over Madras in 2017. (Opens in new window.)
Reservations and Costs: See Costs and Reservation Form
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