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The solar eclipse weekend is going to be filled with fun and excitement. People are going to be coming together from all over the globe to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity here in Teton Valley. From hiking in the Tetons, to visiting Yellowstone and seeing historic Jackson Hole, there are plenty of activities. We want everyone to take full advantage of the beautiful opportunity that lies ahead. But before you jump in your car and cruise out to Teton Valley, here are some things you should know. 

Viewing Glasses

You should never look directly at the Sun, even during a solar eclipse. You can seriously hurt your eyes or even go blind. The only safe way to look directly at the Sun during a solar eclipse is with viewing glasses. These are special UV glasses that are safety tested and CE approved. Not all solar eclipse glasses have these specifications, so beware! We have included a link to solar eclipse glasses that are affordable and have all of the proper requirements. Need to get some for your friends and family? Click here.

You should never look directly at the Sun, even during a solar eclipse. You can seriously hurt your eyes or even go blind. The only safe way to look directly at the Sun during a solar eclipse is with viewing glasses. These are special UV glasses that are safety tested and CE approved. Not all solar eclipse glasses have these specifications, so beware! We have included a link to solar eclipse glasses that are affordable and have all of the proper requirements. Need to get some for your friends and family? Click here.



Gridlock in the valley

The weekend leading up to the Great American Eclipse there is estimated to be an extra 50,000 people in the valley. Who knows how many there will be on the day of the actual event? That being said, it would be wise to avoid travel the morning of the eclipse. The entire Teton Valley is expected to be gridlocked due to excessive amounts of traffic. Plan ahead to where you want to view the eclipse from and get up before the traffic hits! The early bird gets the worm! Tip: Consider bringing a bike for quick transportation. It many not be as quick as a car, but then again you won't be gridlocked!


Necessities

These are some of the things that you may consider bringing due to the high volume of traffic in the valley.

  • Fill up your gas tank before you head into the valley, that way you will not have to fight to fill up for gas while you are in town. This will free up your time to laugh at those who are lined up to fill up!
  • Bring cash. Many of the locations that will be set up around the valley will only be accepting cash. In particular, ma & pa vendors. If you do not want to wait in line at the ATM or fight your way into the bank, we suggest that you bring cash with you.
  • Your own supply of food and water. If you do not plan on buying food the entire weekend, we suggest that you stock up before you get into town. 
  • Please bring your common sense. We will have thousands of people in the valley. Please respect your neighbor and the wonderful valley that we live in. Thank you!

Hiking

There are many beautiful sights in and around the valley that everyone should get to experience. If you plan on going hiking during your solar eclipse weekend, even if it is only a very short distance, there are some things that you should be aware of.

  • Our base elevation is over 6,000 feet. Many who are heading into the valley do not experience that elevation often. Hiking also involves a change in elevation which could take you up over 8,000 or even 10,000 feet. Altitude sickness is a possibility that you should be aware of.
  • Teton Valley summers are dry and what the locals consider hot (right around 80 degrees). Combine that with hiking and being outside all day and you are very prone to heat exhaustion and dehydration. be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty of water.
  • Every now and again there is a bear sighting in the valley. During the solar eclipse weekend, there will be plenty of noise to scare the bears away, but always come prepared. Bear spray is a safe and proven technique to fight off a bear attack. Better safe than sorry!
  • Always hike with a buddy and let someone know where you are going. This will ensure that if something does happen, we can find you quickly. 
  • Last but not least, if you would like some info on how to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness, click here.