The most dramatic scenery for this 2017 eclipse can be found in Wyoming. While Yellowstone National Park is just north of totality, Grand Teton National Park is squarely centered in the eclipse path and will surely be a magnet for eclipse observers. In fact, the town of Jackson has estimated that they will see an influx of roughly 40,000 people per day for the week surrounding the eclipse.
What is a total solar eclipse?
A total solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and earth lineup, turning day into night for several minutes and revealing the night sky, a 360-degree sunset, and the sun's corona shining from behind the moon. A total solar eclipse is a bucket list item for nature enthusiasts, stargazers, and photographers alike. Past viewers say it is one of the most thrilling things they have ever experienced.
Where should I be when the eclipse occurs?
Anywhere from South Carolina to Oregon lying along the path of totality will be great viewing locations. However, there is no better place to view this monumental event than near the Teton Mountain range. Jackson Hole will experience the total eclipse for one of the longest durations possible, 2-3 minutes at 11:34 am MST. The partial phases of the eclipse will last 2-3 hours depending on your specific location, starting around 10:15am.
An easy way to get to a mountain top for this spectacle will be to ride the Jackson Hole Tram which has a broad ridge on top which can accommodate many eclipse observers. This rarefied location enjoys 2 minutes and 19 seconds of totality. Another fine vantage will be at the top of the Teton Pass Highway between Jackson, Wyoming and Wilson, Idaho with a duration of 2 minutes, 15 seconds.
Fortunately, there are other scenic but lesser visited locations just to the east of Jackson Hole. The Gros Ventre Wilderness and the Wind River Range offer some of the best hiking and backpacking in the United States. For more information on the path of totality through Wyoming please click here.
What do I need to bring?
If you attempt to view an eclipse not properly prepared, there’s a significant chance your eclipse memory will be irreparable eye damage or even blindness. We all want to experience lifelong memories on August 21, but those memories should be indelibly imprinted onto our minds, not our retinas. Attempting to view an eclipse with an unfiltered optical device is like holding a magnifying glass to your eye while focusing direct sunlight through the lens. For more information on eye safety please click here.
Stay with The Wort Hotel
Make The Wort your home base during the eclipse and enjoy all of our activities during your time.
Lunch Buffet in The Silver Dollar Showroom from11am-4pm. The buffet will be $16/Adults, $9/Children 10 and under and will include sliced ham, turkey, roast beef, pulled pork, pesto chicken salad, pasta salad, mixed greens salad with ranch and balsamic dressings, quinoa salad, sliced deli meats, assorted breads and brownies.
Private Eclipse Viewing Party for staff and guests only. 10am-12pm in the Wort Parking Lot, 1 block away from the hotel entrance. We will be serving mimosas, bloody Mary’s, iced tea, lemonade, water and an assortment of snacks.
Lunch Buffet in The Silver Dollar Showroom from12pm-4pm. The buffet will be $16/Adults, $9/Children 10 and under and will include sliced ham, turkey, roast beef, pulled pork, pesto chicken salad, pasta salad, mixed greens salad with ranch and balsamic dressings, quinoa salad, sliced deli meats, assorted breads and brownies.
Post Eclipse Live Music in The Showroom from 12-4pm. Allan Morton will take the showroom stage and perform his country/rock classics. This event does not have a cover charge.
Breakfast Buffet in The Clymer Room from 7am-11am. This buffet will be $15/Adults, $9/Children 10 and under and will include scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, breakfast sausage links, a fruit platter, and assorted muffins and breakfast pastries.
Make this event one you will never forget and stay with The Wort Hotel. The Wort is your ideal home base while experiencing this monumental event. Located right off town square, The Wort can provide you with endless entertainment from shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more. There is limited availability around August 21, so book now!
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