BIG NEWS – For the first time in The Warm Spring Confederated Tribe 138 year history they have issued the first and only tribal permit for the summit of Mt Jefferson, Oregon’s second tallest peak directly along the line of totality. Big Mountain Heli Tours is honored to be the recipient of this unique and special access permit that will directly benefit tribal programs.

Mt Jefferson Summit Solar Eclipse Basecamp

Cost $80,000

Imagine waking up on best private viewing location in the Continental USA at 8500′ with your own wilderness guide, a cup of freshly brewed coffee, and an exclusive seat to the most amazing celestial event in a generation. In tandem with the Confederated Warm Springs Tribes we have the exclusive permit to land on the eastern flank of the second tallest peak in Oregon and set up an overnight eco camp for you and up to six guests.

Your exclusive camp will be staffed by a local mountain wilderness guide, medic, and chef and we will be practicing zero impact camping at this unique and stunning location. To the north will be mountain views as far as Mt St Helens and to the south will be downrange  snowcapped Cascade views. The eclipse will happen directly in front of the camp site with a shadow that will race across the plains and Lake Billy Chinook below before enveloping the entire mountain at 10.05am.

There are no other solar eclipse locations like this one in the United States, and the bulk of the site and location cost will go to the Warm Springs Tribes to benefit tribal programs. The summit at Mt Jefferson is the perfect site for those who want something truly unique and memorable and for film and tv productions seeking a unique branded content location.

Please contact us with interest. Let’s fly! 541-668-7670

Trip Overview

1-4 days
Tour Style
Scenic Helicopter Tours, Adventure Tours
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What's Included

Amazing aerial, summit, and ground views of the solar eclipse.

The most exclusive eclipse locations featuring unique memories that will last a lifetime.

Round trip transfers from Bend, Redmond, Sunriver, Portland, Seattle and the Bay Area.

Bend Local's Tip

Call us if you have questions or we can help you in any way.

What To Bring

Bring your I.D. – All passengers booked on a tour must have government issued forms of identification. Be sure to book your tour as early in your trip as possible

Not sure what to wear? Layered clothing is recommended, August day time temperatures can be in the high 90’s, hats, sunblock are recommended.


“Thank you ever so much for making the Drake/Coco wedding rehearsal a big event by putting smiles on everyone’s faces as they were all still talking about how exciting it was the next day. The helicopter tours were over the top and your pilot and ground assistant was great. Your teams generosity of stretching your air time to take everyone up was greatly appreciated.”

BEST surprise gift ever! As Bend locals we host family and friends all summer long so when we received a one hour scenic helicopter flight via email as a “thank you,” we didn’t know what to expect. The Cascades mountains (Broken Top and Mt Bachelor) were covered in deep snow and seeing Dillon and Tumalo falls from the air was a real treat! We cannot wait to fly in a helicopter again!

My wife and I flew the Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour this year after the first snow storm dumped white powder all over the mountains. Even though it was December 2nd, the day was clear. At times it felt like we could touch Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top. We flew with Colby, truly an amazing chopper pilot. I highly recommend him as well as all the staff at Big Mountain Heli Tours. They are quite professional. This tour was outstanding, it is a must do. I can write many things about the flight but it is an adventure to be experienced and not read. Next time in Bend, take the Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour and you will be pleasantly thinking about it weeks later.

Big Mountain Heli Tours offers a number of different helicopter and fixed wing tours all around Central Oregon. They can also plan a custom tour for you as well. We asked them to modify our flight so we could fly over Pronghorn resort and they did. The staff is extremely friendly, professional, and courteous, with seemingly a ton of knowledge of both the area and the aircraft you fly in.  This is a great way to spend a sunny day if you are in town, or live in town and want a different view of the area. We’re glad we got to experience Bend like this!

My husband and I flew with friends visiting from Sisters and fulfilled a long standing wish to see our area from the air. The weather was beautiful! We booked the 1-hour scenic helicopter flight, and were able to fly over our homes in Sisters, then over the Cascades to the beautiful lakes on the backside. Beautiful waterfalls, Deschutes River, Pilot Butte, lava fields. It was amazing! Our pilot Shawn was very good, very accommodating. We’ll do it again with visitors to our area.

I received this scenic flight as a present and enjoyed the Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour with Jordon as my pilot. Getting to see the snowcapped Cascades from the air is thrilling. I want to go again & again. Jordon was very knowledgeable about the area and it was a joy to fly with him. If we were any closer to Mt. Bachelor & the Three Sisters I would have made a snowman. As a local Bendite I thought I had seen it all. Now I have!

I am really glad I did this scenic flight. It was very exciting. My helicopter pilot was experienced and pointed out many things as we flew over Crooked River and Prineville, around Smith Rock, over to the mountains North, Middle and South Sister, Broken Top, over Tumalo Falls, Lava Falls, Bend and back to the airport. I don’t think I would have been as happy with the shorter helicopter tours under an hour. My goal was to see Central Oregon and get pictures, not just go for a ride in a helicopter. Pictures turned out great because of the clear skies!