Teton County’s resident population of approximately 23,000 is expected to swell well beyond even our typical busy tourist season numbers during the impact period. It is best to arrive early, come prepared, and have reasonable expectations, given the situation. Once the eclipse begins, you will forget all about the crowds and any small inconveniences it took for you to experience this wondrous event! Lodging accommodations are limited. Hotels, camping and RV camping are near capacity. Visitors may need to look outside of Jackson and Teton County for accommodations. Be sure to have you accommodations arranged prior to arrival. The mountains of Wyoming are beautiful, but keep local hazards in mind. Important hazards to be aware of:
• Wildfires – Mid-August is prime wildfire season in Teton County, Wy. Do not park vehicles with hot catalytic converters over grasses that can easily catch fire. If you have a campfire, follow these tips to do it safely https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety. If you see a suspected wildfire, report it to our wildfire dispatch center at 307-739-3630.
• Wildlife – One of the primary attractions of Teton County is our abundant wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, antelope, black bears, and grizzly bears. Keep your speeds down on our roads, especially at night. Keep a clean campsite. Jackson is in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, wildlife is abundant. Keep your food properly stored at all times to avoid wildlife encounters with bears, ravens, foxes, and other animals. We don’t want to make easy opportunities for wildlife to become accustom to people. Familiarize yourself with the proper food storage requirements for each area you are visiting (https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/bearsafety.htm). If you are going to hike in Teton County, be sure to carry bear spray and know how to use it.
• Elevation – Jackson, WY is at 6,200 feet, with many hiking routes and mountain passes well above 8,000 feet. Know your limitations, and do not overexert yourself. Be familiar with the signs of altitude sickness https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/travel-to-high-altitudes. Also, be aware that dehydration can set in quickly in our thin, dry air, so drink plenty of fluids even if you aren’t being active.
While Visiting During the Eclipse Impact Days:
• Do not think, “We’ll just pick up what we need when we get there.” Supplies, cash, fuel and restaurant meals may be limited or have long lines due to high demand.
• Think about your personal safety and security:
o Have an effective communication plan with your family members. Cell service may be limited due to the increased volume. Have an out of area friends or family member you can check in with if you get separated. Pick a landmark where you can reunite if you get separated in a crowd.
o Do not leave valuables in your vehicles. Think through your security plan and hot to keep important items secure, i.e., cell phones, telescopes, binoculars, wallets, etc.
• Make sure your vehicle/RV has been serviced and you are all fueled up and ready to go (gas, propane, etc.)
• RV dump stations will be limited and overtaxed in our area. Come empty and leave full.