Grand Teton National Park
Wildflowers, lakes, and mountains, oh my. Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park is expecting August 21 to be its busiest day in history. Accordingly, park rangers and astronomers will be posted with telescopes at designated viewing areas to help frazzled visitors. But wouldn't you rather bring your own gear and stake out a quiet spot of your own?
How do I get there?
The park is just a few minutes away from the Jackson Hole Airport. You can also drive a couple hours from Idaho Falls, or take a five-hour car trip from Salt Lake City. If you're coming from Denver, you've got 10 hours on the road.
When is the eclipse?
The eclipse should arrive at around 10:15 am local time and end at 1:00. Totality is expected at 11:34. It will last over two minutes in some parts of the park.
Is camping allowed?
Yes, but campgrounds in the park are first-come, first-served. So if you want a shot at sleeping under the stars on the night of the eclipse, you should probably start your trip a few days beforehand. Some of the park's campgrounds allow up to 14 days of camping, so you can really go nuts if you so desire. If you have a group of 10 or more or you're looking to hook up an RV, you might be able to swing an advance reservation. But camping in the backcountry is strictly prohibited without a permit, so don't count on being able to find a last-minute spot for your tent.
Any special events?
Four designated viewing areas will be staffed by rangers and astronomers.