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Solar Eclipse Event

 

***Important:

  1. Reserveable campsites at Glendo, Guernsey, EKW and Boysen are sold out.
     
  2. Day Use Fees may be paid at the Park on the day of the Eclipse.


Missed out on a reserved campsite at a State Park? Try these tourism resources for campsite availability in the path of the eclipse: 

 

Glendo Yurt Auction - Click here to find out more!

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Solar Eclipse Event

 

***Important:

  1. Reserveable campsites at Glendo, Guernsey, EKW and Boysen are sold out.
     
  2. Day Use Fees may be paid at the Park on the day of the Eclipse.


Missed out on a reserved campsite at a State Park? Try these tourism resources for campsite availability in the path of the eclipse: 

 

Glendo Yurt Auction - Click here to find out more!

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General Information

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WyoParks Eclipse, Sponsored by Sierra Trading Post: Glendo, Guernsey, Edness K Wilkins and Boysen State Parks are in the path of totality with events planned at all four parks. Eclipse Day Passes are available online and good for all four parks plus it includes free eclipse glasses and a souvenir parking pass!

Monday, August 21 from 8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

  • Sierra Trading Post will offer free eclipse glasses onsite and at their retail locations, provide activities for kids, conduct gear demos and handout giveaways.
  • The Official Optics Sponsor, Mead Instruments, has graciously donated telescopes for stargazing parties leading up to the eclipse and solar scopes during the eclipse. Experts will explain the rarity of a solar eclipse in the contiguous US and share the latest in technology.
  • The University of Wyoming is part of a program with NASA that will record a live feed of the eclipse as it's happening. UW will be stationed at multiple sites across Wyoming, including our state parks, broadcasting the feed. They will teach kids how to make pinhole cameras and professors will conduct a series of lectures relating to astronomy. Visitors can take advantage of free Pepsi products and UW SWAG!
  • Park staff at each location have activities planned throughout the weekend including interpretive hikes, stargazing parties, and campfire lectures.
  • Camping is available at all four parks but most sites have been pre-booked.

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View Reservation information below 

Glendo Yurt Auction

Come stay in a yurt for the Great American Eclipse at one of Wyoming's premier State Parks. Sponsored by Rooch's Marina to help support Wyoming State Parks and the Glendo Rural Fire Department, this package includes a four-night stay in a yurt at Glendo State Park and has the possibility of complimentary meals, catered dinners, boat rentals and paddle board rentals. For more information visit  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yurt-Rental-for-Eclipse-Glendo-Wyoming-/132263301894?hash=item1ecb81d306 

The yurt is donated for this auction by the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails

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Events

 

Site

Events

Bear River State Park

August 21 (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Solar Nature hike

 

Boysen State Park

August 18 (8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

Star gazing party with guest speakers at Tough Creek Campground and Lakeside Area.

August 19

(11:30 a.m.)

Solar viewing program at Tough Creek Campground and Lakeside Area.

 

(8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)

Star gazing party with guest speakers at Tough Creek Campground and Lakeside Area.

 

August 20

(11:30 a.m.)

Solar viewing program at Tough Creek Campground and Lakeside Area.

 

(8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)

Star gazing party with guest speakers at Tough Creek Campground and Lakeside Area.

 

August 21 (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Sierra Trading Post: free eclipse glasses, gear demos, kids' activities and giveaways.

 

University of Wyoming: watch the eclipse live from coast to coast on big screens (part of a NASA program), make pinhole cameras, attend astronomy lectures with viewing scopes, get free UW giveaways and Pepsi products.

 

Edness K. Wilkins State Park

August 19 (7:00 p.m.)

Guest Speaker Dr. Andrew Young on total solar eclipses, held at the Mountain View group shelter.

 

August 20

(2:00 p.m.)

Guest Speaker Steve Weber on Native American conservation, held at the Mountain View group shelter.

 

(9:00 p.m.)

Guest Speaker Dr. James Young on Einstein's theory and total solar eclipses, held at the Mountain View group shelter.

 

August 21 (8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Sierra Trading Post: free eclipse glasses, gear demos, kids' activities and giveaways

 

Fort Bridger Historic Site

August 19 (8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.)

S'mores and Stars program

 

Fort Phil Kearny Historic Site

August 7

Samantha Ogden from NASA Space Grant Consortium for a presentation on lunar movements and preparation for the eclipse

 

August 20

Story Community Fund Sun Run starting at Fort Phil Kearny and exploring the battlegrounds of Red Cloud's War 150 years later

 

August 21

Sun and Stone: View the eclipse atop Pilot Knob, near stone circles dating to prehistoric times

 

Glendo State Park

August 19

Learn about solar flares and view the sun with solar filters presented by Milliken University at Bennett Hill Group Shelter.

 

August 19-20

Seminars, speakers, and star gazing parties throughout the weekend leading up to the eclipse.

 

Eclipse guided mountain bike rides.

 

August 21 (8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Sierra Trading Post: free eclipse glasses, gear demos, kids' activities and giveaways

 

University of Wyoming: Watch the eclipse live from coast to coast on big screens (part of a NASA program), make pinhole cameras, attend astronomy lectures with viewing scopes, and get free UW giveaways and Pepsi products.

 

Mead Instruments: Product demonstrations, lectures, giveaways and observe the sun through Meade's Coronado Solar Telescope with blocking filters that allow you to see the sun's surface, solar flares, filaments and other details.

 

 

Guernsey State Park

August 19-20

Seminars, speakers, and star gazing parties throughout the weekend leading up to the eclipse

 

August 21 (8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Sierra Trading Post: free eclipse glasses, gear demos, kids' activities and giveaways

 

University of Wyoming: Watch the eclipse live from coast to coast on big screens (part of a NASA program), make pinhole cameras, attend astronomy lectures with viewing scopes, and get free UW giveaways and Pepsi products.

 

 

Medicine Lodge State Archaeology Site

August 19

Pre-eclipse party with archaeoastronomy programs, a night-time star party, fun activities for all ages.

Sinks Canyon State Park

August 18 (10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.)

Extreme caving tours

August 19

(7:00 a.m.)

Bam Bam 10k run/walk

 

(10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.)

Extreme caving tours

 

August 20

(10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.)

Extreme caving tours

 

(5:00 p.m.)

Sinks Canyon guided hike

 

South Pass City Historic Site

August 19

(11:00 a.m.)

Walk along the Flood or Hindle trail and see the Arrastra and Stamp Mill

 

(2:00 p.m.)

Carissa Mine tour

 

August 20

(11:00 a.m.)

Walk along the Flood or Hindle trail and see the Arrastra and Stamp Mill

 

(2:00 p.m.)

Carissa Mine tour

 

 

Trail End Historic Site

August 21

TechnoPast video throughout the day on "Myths and Legends about Solar Eclipses"

 

Viewing of the partial solar eclipse. Bring a lunch and enjoy

 

 

 

 

Videos

 

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead talks about The Upcoming Solar Eclipse

Eclipse in Wyoming's State Parks

Path of the Eclipse

 


Video Credit: Visualizations by Ernie Wright on September 9, 2015. Video obtained from NASA Scientific Visualization Studio.

 

Reservation Information

 

***Important:

  1. Reserveable campsites at Glendo, Guernsey, EKW and Boysen are sold out.
     
  2. Day Use Fees may be paid at the Park on the day of the Eclipse.

 


Missed out on a reserved campsite at a State Park? Try these tourism resources for campsite availability in the path of the eclipse: 

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Come over to the Park Side with WYO State Parks and experience what will be a once in the lifetime solar eclipse event. With four venues located in prime viewing areas for the August 21 total solar eclipse, the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails is offering a fun-filled day with activities for the whole family.

Persons with questions about the reservation system can call 307-777-6323 for more information.

 

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A Special Thank you to Our Sponsors!

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FAQs

 

Camping at Wyoming State Parks

Q: Can I make a reservation at a Park in the eclipse path?

A: All reservations for campsites at Parks in the eclipse path are SOLD OUT. This includes Glendo, Guernsey, Edness K. Wilkins and Boysen State Parks. However, please check Parks outside of the eclipse for availability (i.e. Curt Gowdy, Buffalo Bill, Seminoe or Keyhole State Parks). Reservations for those Parks open 120 days before arrival date.

 

Q: Can I use a 1st come, 1st serve campsite at a Park in the path of the eclipse?

A: Yes! Please note these are limited and are at 1st come, 1st serve availability. The more nights you camp leading up to the event, the more likely it is you can find a spot before they are gone. You may camp up to 14 days in any 30 day period in a Wyoming State Park. ALSO NOTE: Glendo State Park will have fewer 1st come, 1st serve campsites than usual. Please consider Guernsey or Boysen State Park. Guernsey and Boysen State Park may also offer temporary additional campsites. Please contact Guernsey State Park at 307-836-2334 or Boysen State Park at 307-876-2796 for more information.

 

Q: Is there any other camping resources in the area?

A: Try www.conversecountytourism.com or www.travelwyoming.com

 

Day Use Passes at Wyoming State Parks

Q: Can I purchase my DAY USE permit in advance?

A: Yes, but only until June 30th. Please visit https://travel.wyo-park.com/campgrounds-and-rv-parks/all/wyoming-department-of-state-parks/permits to purchase a Resident or Non-Resident Prepaid Day Use Pass, valid for August 21st at any Wyoming State Park (this does not include National or federally managed Parks). This pass allows entry to be paid in advance (no waiting in line!) and includes 2 pairs of glasses.

 

Q: What State Parks are in the path of the eclipse?

A: Boysen, Edness K. Wilkins, Glendo and Guernsey State Parks

 

Q: Are the Prepaid Day Use Passes charged per vehicle or person?

A: The Prepaid Day Use Passes are per vehicle. All occupants in the vehicle will be covered by 1 pass. Wyoming State Parks charges per vehicle, not per person.

 

Q: What if I miss the deadline for the Prepaid Day Use Packages?

A: You can still purchase your day use fee the day of the event. It is preferable to purchase your day pass at fee booths; however, in some instances self-pay fee canisters will be available.

 

Things to Know Before You Go:

  1. Many events, speakers, viewing areas are being planned for the weekend and day of the eclipse. Please check with the Park you’ll be visiting with for more information.
  2. Check for County Fire Bans! Wyoming can get very dry in the summer and State Parks must observe any County Fire Bans. Please call the park directly for the most accurate information.
  3. Bring extra water, bug spray and sunscreen.
  4. Get there early!
  5. If bringing in watercraft, please check with Wyoming Game and Fish for watercraft requirements, fishing licenses, etc.
  6. Stop at the Fee Booth for information/maps.
  7. No more than 2 vehicles may occupy a single campsite if they can fit within the confines of the designated site. Additional overflow parking is offered.
  8. Campsites must be occupied nightly.
  9. The maximum capacity is 10 people per site.
  10. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am.
  11. Only 1 camping unit is permitted in 1 campsite; however, 1 extra tent can be permitted (i.e. 1 motorhome with 1 tent would be permitted).
  12. All extra vehicles or guest vehicles must pay applicable fees upon entry to the Park.
  13. Towed vehicles may get a “Tow Pass” at no cost but must stop at the Fee Booth to obtain a pass.

Important Phone Numbers

Note: Parks do not have dedicated office personnel, so please leave a message and a staff member will get back to you. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Cheyenne Headquarters.

  • Boysen State Park: 307-876-2796
  • Edness K. Wilkins State Park: 307-577-5150
  • Glendo State Park: 307-735-4433
  • Guernsey State Park: 307-836-2334
  • Cheyenne Wyo Parks Headquarters: 307-777-6323
  • Reservation/Permit Line: 877-996-7275

 

 

contact

Christie Christensen at (307)777-2416 -or- State Parks

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