Solar Eclipse 2017

Due to high demand, please purchase your tickets TODAY!  Limited number of camping and parking are available! Lift Tickets are SOLD OUT.

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur and Grand Targhee Resort is in the path of totality. It has been almost 40 years since the last total solar eclipse crossed North America. In Alta, Wyoming the duration of totality will last approximately 2 minutes and 16 seconds. On the day of the eclipse, Grand Targhee Resort will only be open to guests who are camping, have a scenic chair lift ticket, or parking pass. Due to high demand, the resort will only sell a limited number of lift tickets, camping and parking passes.

Free Public Guest Speaker Lectures

  • Saturday – August 19 – 11:45am – 12:45 am: Bryan Penprase, PHD “Chasing Cosmic Explosions”
  • Saturday – August 19 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Rober Gaines, PHD “Aliens in the Ooze”
  • Sunday – August 20 – 11:45am – 12:45 am: Barbara Becker, PHD “Risky Business: Seraching for the Soul in the Shadow of the Moon”
  • Sunday – August 20 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Ed Krupp, PHD “Devoured by Darkness” + Safety Lecture on Viewing the Eclipse

SE 2017 FAQs

Parking Passes – August 21, 2017

If you plan on driving to Grand Targhee Resort on August 21, 2017, you will need a parking pass for the day in order to enter the resort. There is a limited amount of parking at the resort and we will sell out. If you are purchasing a scenic chairlift ticket it is highly recommended that you purchase a parking pass to ensure a space, and in order to adventure from the base area on our many trails. Parking passes are non-refundable. 

Vehicle Parking for August 21, 2017 – Purchased Day Of $30/Vehicle At the Resort

Tent & RV Camping – August 18 – 21, 2017

There are limited spaces for tent and RV campers. Prices may change at any time and are subject to sell out. Tent and RV camping do not include scenic lift ticket. There are no electrical, water or waste hook-ups for RV camping. If you wish to view the eclipse from the top of Fred’s mountain, it is recommended that you purchase a scenic chairlift ticket now. There is a very limited number of tickets available. Camping will open at 11:00am on Friday. Camping is available for this event from Friday, August 18 – Tuesday, August 22. Check out is also at 11:00am. Camping passes are non-refundable. 

Adult w/ Parking 1 adult camping pass and car parked near or on campsite $120  At the Resort
Camping no parking 1 adult camping pass $60  At the Resort
Junior (6-12 yrs) camping 1 junior camping pass $30  At the Resort
21′ or Shorter RV Includes 1 adult camping pass $180  At the Resort
22′ or Longer RV Includes 1 adult camping pass $210  At the Resort

SE2017 Horseback Ride

If you are looking for unique experience on the great American Solar Eclipse of 2017, then you will want to book a special horseback ride with Haviland’s Western Adventures. This scenic ride will take you and 11 other riders to the Wishing Well, where you’ll have a view of Grand Targhee Resort and Teton Valley while viewing the eclipse. Riders will be provided with special solar eclipse viewing glasses.

Adult – SE2017 Horseback Ride $89 Call For Reservations
Junior (6 – 12 yrs old) – SE2017 Horseback Ride $72 Call For Reservations
  • Pre-purchase your parking pass or Camping/RV pass
  • Check in at the Activity Center by 9:30am
  • Wear long pants and close toed shoes on the day of the ride
  • Bring water & sun protection

Dreamcatcher Scenic Chair Ride – August 21, 2017

At Grand Targhee Resort, you’ll find a fun weekend and iconic views of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. There is a limited amount of scenic chair lift tickets available for purchase. Tickets are nonrefundable. Dreamcatcher will be open for those with pre-purchased tickets at 8:00am on the morning of August 21, 2017. Guests will be able to ride the lift down to the base area after 1:00pm, or can hike down the Bannock Trail. All vehicles entering the resort must purchase a parking pass or have a valid camping pass for August 21, 2017.

Adult Lift Ticket SOLD OUT
Junior (6 – 12 yrs old) Lift Ticket SOLD OUT
  • The Dreamcatcher chair lift will open at 8:00am for uploading and operate until 5:00pm.
  • 4 guests per chair
  • A small backpack is permitted.  We recommend that you bring sunscreen, water, snacks, and warm clothing or a jacket.  Temperatures at the summit often dip into the mid 30s  or lower depending on the weather system.
  • Each lift ticket comes with a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses.
  • Grand Targhee Resort is not responsible for inclement weather.  On occasion, lightning and wind may cause delays and cause closures in operation. Weather is a risk and tickets are non-refundable. 
  • In the event of a mechanical issue, a full refund will be provided.
  • Before you depart the summit, please remember to pack out what you pack in, and pick up any garbage. Please be respectful of the mountain and surrounding wildlife.
  • No food and beverage options will be available at the top of the mountain.  There will be porta potties at the summit.
  • Downhill mountain biking will be closed on 8/21/17.
  • Tickets cannot be resold, bartered, traded, or redeemed for cash value.

Fun Solar Eclipse Links

Viewing the eclipse is weather permitting, and you MUST use special eye protection to look at the sun whenever it is not totally eclipsed!

Solar Eclipse Safety

All guests who have purchased scenic chair lift tickets will receive complimentary special eye protection glasses provided by Grand Targhee Resort.

All other guests who are just hiking to a view point, but have purchased parking and/or camping passes will need to purchase their own special eye protection glasses. These will be available for purchase on-site at Grand Targhee Resort.

Special eye protection glasses will be available for sale in the General Store, Activity Center, and Retail shops.

  • Proper eye protection is necessary to safely look directly at the sun except during eclipse totality. Severe eye injury can result without protection. Eclipse glasses are the simplest method to view the eclipse from start to finish.
  • Never look directly at the sun’s rays-even if the sun is partly obscured. During the short time when the moon completely blocks the sun-the period of totality-you may look directly at the star, but you must know when to remove and replace your glasses. Remember you must be in the narrow path of totality to look at the sun without protection.
  • Special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers provide the only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not sufficient.
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