Eyes On The Sky

Outpost's Top 20 Guide to the Great American Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, Jackson Hole will witness the most memorable event of the summer: The Great American Eclipse!

This solar eclipse is pretty special because it’s the first eclipse viewable in the Continental US since 1979. The eclipse will begin on the Oregon coast and travel through Idaho and Wyoming before ending on South Carolina’s coast, and will cross 14 states in total. We are incredibly lucky to be in Jackson Hole, positioned directly on the path of the eclipse!

An eclipse occurs when the moon is between the earth and the sun, and its umbra, or shadow, hits the earth. Here in Wyoming we will be able to see the eclipse for two minutes and twenty seconds, at approximately 11:35 am.

Witnessing a solar eclipse surrounded by the beauty of the Tetons is an experience you will remember your entire life. Birds stop chirping, animals fall quiet, and time stands still momentarily, creating an emotional, breathtaking event!

So who’s ready?


5 Fun-Filled Events Leading Up to the Eclipse

Jackson Hole Rodeo August 18th & 19th 

Indulge in some classic old West fun before the eclipse madness begins. 

Jackson Hole Live August 18th 

This outdoor show at the Snow King Ballpark is just $5 to enter and will feature local food and beverage vendors. Twiddle is headlining and Head to Head is opening. Bring the whole family! 

Stargazing August 18th

The free public stargazing event at Rendezvous Park  is perfect for astronomy buffs excited for the upcoming eclipse. Jackson Hole is low in light pollution and therefore an epic place to watch the night sky. 

Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market August 19th

Enjoy free coffee and solar scope viewing, along with tons of delicious local fruits and veggies, breads, cheeses, and local crafts. 

Wyoming Stargazing Pre Eclipse Party August 19th & 20th 

Ride the chairlift up to Snow King summit and enjoy an open bar, live music, talks from astronomy experts, the unveiling of the Dark Sky Pavilion, and stargazing. Tickets must be booked and paid ahead.

 


5 Free Eclipse Viewing Spots

  1. String Lake in Grand Teton National Park: This iconic lake offers gorgeous views of the Cathedral Group and plenty of picnic spots along the water.
  2. Jackson Hole local parks: Bike to Miller Park, Mike Yokel Park, or Phil Beaux Park for a lively local viewing scene, and be sure to bring a blanket.
  3. R Park in Wilson: Grab a paddleboard, tube, or kayak, and paddle out to view the eclipse from the water for a unique viewpoint.
  4. Signal Mountain Summit: Drive up to the top for an unreal vantage point in Grand Teton National Park.
  5. Curtis Canyon : If you’ve got four wheel drive, Curtis Canyon off of the National Elk Refuge road may offer more room and fewer crowds than the National Park with equally incredible views.

5 Exciting Viewing Parties

Base of Snow King 

There is a free event at the base of Snow King featuring food trucks from Café Genevieve and Jackson Hole Pop, live music, and telescope viewing.

Eclipse party at the Bodega

Journey to Teton Village to join in the revelry, and expect a casual scene. The Bodega features a food truck serving fried chicken sandwiches, sloshies, and non alcoholic beverages. There is a first come first serve viewing area, so bring your own blanket or chairs.

Great Eclipse Bash at Roadhouse Brewing 

All ages are welcome at this viewing party with food and beverage tents, lawn games, kids activities, and live music by Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons. Buy tickets ahead of time.

Free Ranch Lot Eclipse Viewing 

Park in the Ranch Lot at Teton Village for free to view the eclipse in the shadow of the Tetons, and afterwards walk over to the free concert on the commons featuring Pinky and the Floyd

Palate Eclipse Brunch

Treat yourself to a bottomless mimosa brunch and viewing party located at the Palate restaurant inside the Museum of Wildlife Art, overlooking the elk refuge and Sleeping Indian mountain. Buy a ticket in advance.


5 Must Have Eclipse Swag

 You’ve travelled all the way to Jackson Hole for this unforgettable experience, so be sure to bring something home to commemorate it!