Total Solar Eclipse
On August 21, 2017, a Total Solar Eclipse will be seen across the United States.
Jackson Hole Plans for the Total Solar Eclipse
Teton County, Wyoming residents and visitors will have the opportunity to watch the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. This extraordinary moment marks the first total eclipse of the sun visible from all 48 contiguous United States since 1979 and the first visible from coast to coast in the US since 1918. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce hopes that everyone will enjoy the special opportunity! Thank you to the Town of Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming who are working together on a dedicated effort for the exciting event.
The following is an official joint message from the Town of Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming Eclipse Team of public information officers.
Top Ten+ Things to Bring/Know
The Jackson Hole area is expecting a large influx of visitors that will be using the community’s lodging, food, gas, ATMs, and bathroom facilities. We anticipate additional impacts on our public lands. Suggested planning and preparation for up to two weeks prior to the August 21 eclipse include:
- Cell phones may not work due to high usage demands. Some of the remote locations in our region have no/low cellular coverage. Text messages may be more reliable than phone calls, especially when trying to contact 9-1-1.
- In an emergency you may send a text message to 9-1-1. Simply text the number 911 and in the message include your location, the nature of your emergency, and if you need police, fire, medical or search and rescue. Do not use abbreviations. Be prepared for a delayed response.
- Stock up on groceries or make dining reservations in advance, as restaurants may be crowded.
- Fill your gas tanks. We are expecting additional demand and congestion on the roadways.
- Visit the banks/ ATMs early, as ATMs may run out of cash due to visitation surge.
- Lodging accommodations are limited. Hotels, camping and RV camping are near capacity. Visitors may need to look outside of Jackson and Teton County for accommodations. Be sure to have your accommodations arranged prior to arrival.
- Area roadways will likely be congested and regular routes are subject to temporary restrictions. Visit www.wyoroad.info. Variable traffic signs will provide up to date information on specific roadways.
- Be prepared for heavy bicycle traffic. Remember to share roads, trails and pathways and be courteous to other users, including any emergency service vehicles that may be using pathways for emergency response.
- The hospital and urgent care facilities are increasing staffing to handle heavier than normal walk-in and emergency visits. Fill your medical prescriptions in advance and have an extra supply of your medications.
- August is prime fire season. Be extremely careful with cigarettes, campfires, recreational burns and parking a vehicle on dry grass. Know the burning restrictions for the area you are visiting. Report wildfires immediately.
- Residents should stock up on essentials including groceries, medications, water, tarps, emergency generators and camping equipment. The more self-sufficient the better, emergency response times will be affected with the additional visitors.
Be Self-Contained and Stay Put
- Please get to your viewing location as soon as possible and remain there during the eclipse to limit roadway congestion. Try to bring all supplies and stay settled until after the eclipse.
- Be considerate. Respect private property and all signage. Do not block gates, driveways and make sure emergency vehicles can pass.
- This is not just a Jackson Hole event, this is a regional event and everyone’s resources will be strained. Surrounding areas such as Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Riverton, Dubois and other areas are also in the path of the eclipse and are preparing for similar impacts, greatly limiting their ability to give support if needed.
- Be prepared to care for yourself and your family.
- This is a whole community event. Businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and individuals need to work together to ensure a safe and successful experience.
- Special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers provide the only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not sufficient.
- “Eclipse glasses” are available at many local businesses throughout the community.
- Proper eye protection is necessary to safely look directly at the sun before and after eclipse totality. Severe eye injury can result without protection. Eclipse glasses are the simplest method to view the eclipse from start to finish.
- Never look directly at the sun's rays without proper eye protection—even if the sun is partly obscured. During the short time when the moon completely blocks the sun—the period of totality—you may look directly at the sun.
- If you begin to experience blurry vision while viewing the eclipse it is recommended to rest your eyes for 10-15 minutes. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. Please do not drive yourself to a medical facility if you are experiencing impaired vision.
Leave No Trace
- Proper Food Storage: Jackson is in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, wildlife is abundant. Keep your food properly stored at all times to avoid wildlife encounters with bears, ravens, foxes, and other animals. We don’t want to make easy opportunities for wildlife to become accustomed to people. Familiarize yourself with the proper food storage requirements for each area you are visiting.
- Pack It In, Pack It Out: Pick up all trash and take it with you when you leave. Wildlife is attracted to scents on garbage. Keep garbage contained in a hard sided vehicle and dispose of it properly when you leave.
- Trail Etiquette: Stay on existing roads and trails. Don’t drive through meadows or create new roadways which can cause erosion, spread noxious weeds, or damage resources. Travel is restricted on all public lands to existing roads and trails. Be sure to know regulations before venturing out.
Federal Lands and Camping
Communities Across Wyoming Plan to Welcome Visitors
Looking for information about the best places in the Cowboy State to enjoy the eclipse? Check out the Wyoming Office of Tourism web page dedicated to the eclipse. Visit www.travelwyoming.com/view-eclipse.
For the most relevant information about the Total Solar Eclipse in Jackson Hole, please visit www.tetoneclipse.com.