Eclipse Day Expected to be Huge for National Parks
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 9, 2017
August 21 is anticipated to be the busiest day in the history of Grand Teton National Park.
On August 21, visitors will see the moon pass between the sun and earth, blocking a part of the sun – a partial eclipse – throughout the park. Grand Teton lies in the path of totality, so roads and facilities in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks may be overwhelmed by this large influx of visitors who are here to see the eclipse.
Yellowstone Park Officials do not recommend traveling in and out of the South Entrance on August 21. That entrance borders Grand Teton National Park, over which the center-line of the solar eclipse will pass. Park Officials advise that during the event, visitors should not expect to have cell phone service, even in areas where it is normally available; they should arrive with enough food, water, and fuel in their vehicle for the entire day; and should bring appropriate eclipse viewing glasses and solar filters for cameras, binoculars, or telescopes.
In Yellowstone, the partial eclipse will occur between 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. The eclipse will “peak” around 11:36 a.m. for a little over two minutes.