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Your Target Locale for the 4·8·2024 Eclipse

Nature's Ultimate Show

Looking for the best place to enjoy the Great North American Eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024? Join us in Morrilton and the Petit Jean River Valley, where the community is “rolling out the red carpet” for visitors. We invite everyone to enjoy the southern hospitality of our small, peaceful community located at the foot of the scenic Petit Jean Mountain.

Experts agree that Morrilton and the Petit Jean River Valley are among the most ideal locations from which to view the Great North American Eclipse, with up to four minutes and 17 seconds of total darkness. Located in Mid America, where the “blue line” (center of the eclipse path with the longest times of darkness) intersects with Interstate 40, Morrilton and the Petit Jean River Valley are in a rural area with fresh air and beautiful, clear skies.

With this location, eclipse visitors can expect to experience a full eclipse with total darkness and the “halo” effect (not available in most communities along the eclipse’s path).

Celebrate the Event of the Century in Morrilton.

Morrilton and the Petit Jean River Valley are going to great lengths to make the 2024 Great North American Eclipse a true experience, with a number of special events and activities planned for the weekend before and leading up to the day of the eclipse.

The community will be hosting concerts, a food truck festival, a hot air balloon event atop Petit Jean Mountain, a pop-up market, kid’s games and activities, and much, much more as part of the fun in Morrilton and the Petit Jean River Valley during the eclipse.

A Wide Variety of Accommodations & Amenities

Aside from experiencing the eclipse at its fullest along the path of totality, visitors can enjoy the wide variety of accommodations and amenities that the city of Morrilton, Arkansas, has to offer.

The sun peeking over the horizon, turning the sky red and pink. The rest of the sky is clouded and the landscapes are dark.

Attractions on Petit Jean Mountain

There are a number of things to see and do in the community that are sure to entertain visitors of all ages. Arkansas’s first and most popular state park, Petit Jean State Park, is located atop Petit Jean Mountain and offers amazing scenery, trails, interpretive programs, and activities. Petit Jean Mountain is also home to the Museum of Automobiles classic car museum, Barnyard Friends & Stables petting zoo and horseback riding, and Fly Petit Jean hot air balloon flights.

Three people in kayaks on the river. Two of them are in blue lifejackets and orange kayaks and the other man is in a orange lifejacket and a blue kayak.

Things to Do in Morrilton

The city of Morrilton is home to the Depot Museum, located in the Historic Downtown, which offers a wide variety of exhibits on the history of Morrilton and the Petit Jean River Valley. Morrilton is also home to Playland Bowling & Skating Rink, Point Remove Brewing Company, a movie theater, the Rialto Community Arts Center & Gallery, and a large number of other historic buildings and homes.

Mather Lodge at Petit Jean. The lodge has a stone and log exterior, designed to look rustic and like a log cabin. There is a large entrance way and the windows glow a warm yellow.

Hotels & Lodging

Whether you are looking for a hotel room, vacation rental, or campsite, Morrilton and Petit Jean River Valley have a variety of places to stay during the Great North American Eclipse. In addition to traditional lodging, a number of groups and landowners are setting up “Eclipse Villages” where visitors can camp and enjoy the eclipse and related activities.

A couple eating salads for lunch in Mather Lodge. Behind them a view of the Petit Jean can be seen from the windows.


In addition to many places to stay, Morrilton and the Petit Jean River Valley offer many places to shop and dine. Dining options range from local coffee shops and artisan pizza to well-known chains; whatever you may want, there’s a good chance you can find it here.


Shoppers love the small shops, boutiques, and gift shops found in Downtown Morrilton. Plus, we have department stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, and anything else you may need on your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, most hotels are only taking direct bookings and requiring a 2-night minimum. Call any of the hotels listed here for a current rate!

Our Police Department, Fire Department, EMS, and city government have been meticulously planning for over a year so that you can enjoy the total solar eclipse safely.

You can enjoy the total eclipse anywhere in town. Whether you’re in Downtown Morrilton or atop Petit Jean Mountain, you’ll be able to take in this once-in-a-lifetime event in our community.

Make Morrilton Your Destination for the 2024 Solar Eclipse.

Mark your calendar for April 8, 2024, and witness history as Morrilton welcomes the Total Solar Eclipse. Plan your stay, secure your eclipse glasses, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime.