Wyoming: The Best Place to Watch This Summer’s Total Solar Eclipse

August 2, 2017—Cheyenne, Wyoming—On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will make its way across Wyoming—traveling from west to east—as it covers more than 365 miles of the Cowboy State.

“Wyoming is one of the top destinations to view the upcoming eclipse for many reasons,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. “Wyoming offers wide-open spaces and typically clear skies during this time of year. Visitors will see some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world and be among the warm, hospitable people who call Wyoming home. Once visitors experience the eclipse in our state, they’ll want to come back and we welcome them.”

Appropriately called the “Great American Eclipse,” this summer’s celestial event will travel across the entire United States, from Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the east coast. While residents and visitors alike have plenty of options when it comes to their eclipse-viewing destination, Wyoming is one of the best places to see the eclipse.

“We know that people have a choice as to where to watch the eclipse and we hope they choose Wyoming,” said Diane Shober, executive director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism. “With plenty of room to roam, our high altitude and historically clear skies in mid-August, Wyoming has all the attributes needed for an incredible eclipse-viewing experience.”

The eclipse’s path of totality will make its way through the entire central region of Wyoming and destinations directly within the path of totality include Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, Dubois, Fort Washakie, Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni, Casper, Glenrock, Douglas, Guernsey, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wheatland, Lusk and Torrington.

Areas directly under the path of totality will experience the eclipse for around two-and-a-half minutes, while communities outside the center of totality—but still in the eclipse’s path—will be able to view the eclipse for a shorter duration. In addition, Wyoming destinations outside the path of totality—including Sheridan, Cody, Cheyenne, Rawlins and Rock Springs, will see a partial solar eclipse.

While the total solar eclipse will fill the Wyoming skies for a short period of time on Monday, August 21, visitors to the state can extend their stay by attending a local festival or event. Noteworthy eclipse-themed happenings include the Wyoming Eclipse Festival in Casper, Wind River Eclipse in Wind River Country, the Edge of Eclipse Experience in Rawlins, Torrington Farm Festival, Solar Park in Rock Springs and the Pinedale Eclipse Fest.

In addition, visitors to the state can soak up Wyoming’s outdoor and cultural offerings with a visit to the country’s first national park—Yellowstone—stand in the Oregon Trail Ruts near Guernsey, catch a rodeo in Cody, cast a fishing line on the North Platte River, tour downtown Cheyenne on a trolley, rock climb in Sinks Canyon near Lander, stargaze at Devils Tower National Monument or soak in the natural hot springs in Thermopolis.

“From all of us in Wyoming, we cannot wait to introduce travelers, eclipse chasers, astronomers and visitors to the place we call home,” said Shober. “No matter where you watch the eclipse from in the state, you’re going to have a phenomenal view, experience and memory and that’s something we can’t wait to share with you.”