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For upcoming eclipse, this Colorado national park will offer rare opportunity

The annular eclipse will form a rare "ring of fire" in its path across the southwestern United States.

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — On the morning of Oct. 14, a legendary landscape in Colorado will host a legendary, celestial phenomenon.

Mesa Verde National Park is preparing for big crowds that Saturday, when the moon is set to pass the sun and form a rare “ring of fire” over the place of ancient intrigue. In the late 13th century, the land was home to Ancestral Pueblo people, who made home in the cliff dwellings that remain today.

Mesa Verde and the very tip of Colorado’s southwest corner are along the thin path of totality for this year’s eclipse, stretching from Oregon and down through the Four Corners region into southern Texas.

That path refers to viewpoints where the sun will be completely blotted out — a vast difference in experience compared with partial obscurity, as Coloradans will recall from the 2017 eclipse. On Oct. 14, much of the state is forecast to experience obscurity around 80%, including Denver (78.7%) and Colorado Springs (80.8%).

For the full story, go to Denver Gazette.

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