Latest Wyoming Tourism Eclipse Information
Tom Morton, Townsquare Media
The Wyoming Tourism Department has been regularly briefing reporters about the latest developments and advice as we approach eclipse day, Monday.
Here are some bullet points from this morning's briefing...
• Traffic counts increase as Wyoming welcomes travelers: Wyoming traffic counts increased by more than 131,000 vehicles on Saturday as compared to a five-year average for the same timeframe, according to WYDOT. On Friday, traffic counts showed an increase of 74,000 vehicles; Thursday saw an increase of 45,000 vehicles; and Wednesday had an additional 30,000 vehicles. While Wyoming's highways are seeing an increase in traffic, it's important to note that traffic is moving along normally. For real-time updates, view the WYDOT webcams here.
• Where to stay: Camping is still available in Wind River Country and Goshen County. In Wind River Country, Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton has plenty of camping availability for last-minute travelers. Meanwhile, Goshen County has abundant campsites for travelers looking to view the eclipse from the Torrington area. For specific information on where to camp in Goshen County, call 307-532-3879.
• Festivals, events and offerings: Several communities, cities and towns, as well as Wyoming State Parks, have a variety of eclipse-themed offerings, events, festivals and programs taking place today and Monday. Within the path of totality, travelers will find the Wyoming Eclipse Festival, Wind River Eclipse and Torrington Farm Festival, as well as street festivals found throughout many communities. Outside the path of totality, events and festivals can be found in Gillette, Rock Springs, Rawlins, Pinedale and Cheyenne. In addition, Wyoming State Parks are prepared to welcome thousands of day-use visitors today and Monday.
• Weather forecast: The National Weather Service is predicting mostly dry weather for today, with a few afternoon showers possible in southwest and southeast Wyoming. Eclipse Monday looks mostly dry as well, with a few showers possible in southeast Wyoming after the eclipse. Confidence has grown in sky cover projections, with a large part of Wyoming expected to see mostly sunny skies at the time of the eclipse.
• Safety reminders, including eclipse glasses: It is important to wear specialty eclipse glasses when viewing the eclipse. For a full list of telescope and solar-filter companies that have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO international safety standards for such products, visit NASA.gov.
• Regular eclipse updates: For the latest information on the total solar eclipse in Wyoming, visit HERE. In addition, the Wyoming Office of Tourism will be using Twitter for updates about the eclipse, as well as encouraging travelers to use #WYEclipse and #ThatsWY when sharing photos on social media. You can also garner additional information on the Wyoming Office of Tourism Facebook.