Wyoming: The Place to View the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
With the lowest light pollution in the country and unmatched public land access, Wyoming is a prime viewing destination for both general travelers and eclipse enthusiasts. Below are cities and destinations within the Cowboy State that are notable locations for viewing the eclipse.
Casper: at the Center of it All
Located in central Wyoming and sitting at 5,000 feet, Casper has been recognized by GreatAmericanEclipse.com as one of the 10 best places to witness this summer’s eclipse. With a viewing area that’s expected to be home to clear skies and two-and-a-half minutes of eclipse rapture (so much so that NASA is expected to be onsite during the eclipse), Casper is hosting the Wyoming Eclipse Festival—which includes AstroCon 2017—as well as live music and a plethora of outdoor activities. Plus, 10 blocks in downtown Casper will be closed from Thursday night through Monday afternoon to allow residents and vistiors to enjoy the events that will be happening there throughout the weekend.
Wind River Country: the Heart and Soul of the Great American Eclipse
Prime viewing locations in Wind River Country include Dubois, Crowheart, Lander, Pavillion, Riverton, Shoshoni and the Wind River Reservation. Encompassing more than 2.2 million acres and the only reservation in Wyoming, Wind River is home to the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. Both tribes are planning eclipse-oriented dances and eclipse day tours to the sites of ancient petroglyphs, all while providing visitors with a personal and diverse experience on the Wind River Reservation. The Northern Arapaho Tribe will also be hosting an event called “Bringing Back the Sun,” an ancient traditional ceremony that the Arapaho did during the last eclipse when they shot arrows to bring back the sun. Viewings of “Bringing Back the Sun” will be held at the Wind River Casino and Little Wind Casino.
Jackson Hole: Eclipse by Day, Stars by Night
One of the best reasons to watch the total solar eclipse in Jackson is the town’s easy accessibility to the dark night skies of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Because both parks are unpopulated and have minimal light pollution, the skies are known for being clear and ideal for stargazing. Plus, visitors to Yellowstone National Park can participate in the Stars Over Yellowstone Astronomy Programs.
Wyoming State Parks: Gateways to Natural Wonders
Several of Wyoming’s state parks and historic sites will be offering a week of adventure and education prior to the eclipse. Activity offerings include eclipse hikes, stargazing parties and solar hikes. While campsites in the state parks are booked for the eclipse, many parks are offering day-use packages.