On Monday, August 21, 2017, for the first time in 38 years, parts of the U.S. will witness a total solar eclipse. As parts of Grand Teton National Park and the greater surrounding Teton and Yellowstone region will fall within the path of totality, it’s expected to be the busiest day in Park history!
Here are some ways you can make the most of your visit and stay safe during this once-in-a-lifetime event.
From 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on August 21, Jackson Lake Lodge will host two astronomers who will be sharing information about the eclipse and providing an opportunity to use telescopes. We’ll also be projecting the eclipse onto large screens. This event is free and will take place on the back lawn.
Experience the eclipse on Jackson Lake and from nearby Elk Island. The Elk Island eclipse cruise departs from the Colter Bay Village Marina at 10:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. Box lunches are included. Adult tickets are $45, children ages 3-11 are $21, and ages 2 and under are free. To book, call our Activities Desk at 307-543-3299.
View the eclipse from Jackson Lake! Kayak, canoe, and motorboat rentals will be available at the Colter Bay Marina throughout the day on a first-come, first-served basis. Hourly rates vary. View rental information.
The National Park Service is offering unique viewing experiences and Ranger Programs leading up to and on the day of the eclipse. Download the Grand Teton National Park Eclipse Guide and Maps here.
If you are venturing out for the day or simply want to be prepared in the case of high restaurant wait times, box lunches will be available for pre-order for guests of Jackson Lake Lodge, Colter Bay Village, Headwaters Lodge, and Jenny Lake Lodge. Check with your property’s front desk upon check-in for specific ordering instructions.
Don’t forget to take home a keepsake of this once-in-a-lifetime event! Eclipse-inspired products will be available in our retail outlets and at kiosks in various locations.
Our lodging is fully booked. Area lodging availability can be found at JacksonHoleChamber.com.
Campgrounds in the park are first-come, first-served and have few, if any, sites available daily leading up to the eclipse. Camping is only allowed in designated park campgrounds and in the backcountry with a valid permit. Read more on camping in Grand Teton National Park.
Our employees are as excited as you are about the eclipse! Restaurants, retail stores, and other services within our properties will temporarily close for approximately 30 minutes during the eclipse, from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Park services and visitor centers may also be closed temporarily.
Some activities are operating on modified schedules the day of the eclipse. Please contact our Activities Desk at 307-543-2811 for information on activity availability and pricing.
Our number one priority is the safety of our guests and employees. Here are some tips to help you stay safe on your visit:
Special glasses are needed to view the eclipse. Sunglasses and other types of eyewear will not protect your eyes. Eclipse glasses (two per guest room) will be provided at check-in to guests of Jackson Lake Lodge, Colter Bay Village Cabins, Jenny Lake Lodge, and Headwaters Cabins. Glasses will also be available for purchase on-site at our retail locations while supplies last.
Note that special solar filters are required on camera lenses, binoculars, and telescopes. Your equipment will be damaged if not properly designed or fitted for a solar eclipse.
Be prepared for heavy traffic. Have ample water, snacks, a full gas tank, and a lot of patience as roads will be congested.
Roadside parking will not be permitted. Parking will only be allowed in designated pullouts and parking areas. To keep everyone safe, the National Park Service will be enforcing all parking restrictions.
Do not expect to have cellular service in most areas of the park. On-property WiFi may also be slow.
Emergency services will be stationed throughout the park. If you experience an emergency, call or text 911, find a park ranger, or visit a guest services desk.