Wyoming Tourism Welcomes Visitors From Around the World to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse
CHEYENNE, WY – On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from a 60-mile band of the earth that stretches the width of the United States for the first time since 1918. In support of this global event, the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) launched a new page on their website, travelwyoming.com/eclipse that is dedicated to helping visitors plan eclipse experiences throughout the state. While eclipses occured in parts of the U.S. in 1979 and 1991, this much-anticipated event will mark the first time a total solar eclipse will be viewable in the wide, clear skies of Wyoming since 1918.
The eclipse’s path of totality will make its way through the entire central region of the state for nearly 366 miles, providing visitors the opportunity to see it in some of the nation’s most stunning landscapes. The cities of Casper, Lander, Riverton, Jackson, Douglas, Torrington, Glendo, Guernsey and Glenrock are among many Wyoming communities located within the “path of totality” – the most direct alignment with the moon’s shadow.
“For centuries, eclipses have been noted as one of the most breathtaking sights on earth,” said Diane Shober, Executive Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism. “To have an incredible natural phenomenon such as a total solar eclipse move across our entire state is very exciting for us. With our wide open spaces, normally clear weather and great events that surrounding community leaders are producing, it’s no wonder Wyoming encompasses some of the best spots in the country to view the eclipse.”
Casper, in Central Wyoming, has been recognized by GreatAmericanEclipse.com as one of the 10 best places to witness this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. Because Casper’s viewing area is expected to be phenomenal, the Astronomical League is hosting its annual conference, Astrocon, during the days leading up to the eclipse. Casper is also hosting a celestial celebration called Eclipse Fest for visitors. In addition to the prime viewing spots, there will be live music, a golf tournament, a fun run and other outdoor activities including hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, white water rafting and sailing.
Attendees of the Wind River Eclipse event in Fremont County can be immersed in Native American culture while awaiting the moon’s pass between the earth and the sun. Because the eclipse lasts less than three minutes, but is expected to attract thousands to the state next summer, visitors are encouraged to explore Wyoming throughout their trip. Eclipse-viewers in the Wind River region can extend their stay with a visit to the newly opened Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, a working ranch on the Wind River Indian Reservation that gives guests an up-close viewing experience with wild mustangs.
For those watching the eclipse in Jackson, visitors can take advantage of the short drive to the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park, and continue the sky viewing at night. Because the park is vast and unpopulated, the skies are known for being clear and untainted by light pollution, perfect for spotting the Milky Way or other galaxies. Guests can participate in the Stars Over Yellowstone astronomy programs to rent equipment and learn from top astronomers. Jackson visitors can also visit Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for numerous outdoor recreation opportunities.
For a complete list of events celebrating the 2017 solar eclipse and resources to plan your next Wyoming adventure, visit travelwyoming.com/eclipse.