Concerned About Traffic in Jackson and Teton County?

Especially during the eclipse? Help be a part of the solution and check this out!
Be sure to consult our FAQ Traffic & Transit which addresses local traffic for the dates surrounding August 21, 2017

Today’s Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:

June 29, 2017                                                               


Teton Rideshare Announces Summer Cash Incentives


If you are a commuter frustrated with heavy summer traffic, there is now a social and profitable solution. Beginning on July 10th, Teton Rideshare will launch an incentive program to reduce traffic through ridesharing. The aim of the program is to encourage community engagement and participation. “With local traffic getting out of hand, we want to encourage a community-driven solution to a community problem. Transportation solutions need to be multi-faceted, and Teton Rideshare offers an additional avenue for commuters looking to save money and reduce traffic,” says Max Ludington, co-founder of Teton Rideshare.


From July 10th to August 10thparticipants will receive $1 in compensation for scheduling a carpool as either a rider or a driver (maximum $2 per day) on the ridesharing app, Duet. Participants will receive compensation regardless of a successful carpool match. Compensation will be awarded as a Duet point, which can be redeemed as cash.


Additionally, from July 10th to September 30th, all passengers will ride for free.


Drivers, as always, will be paid based on the carpool distance. For example, compensation from Victor to Jackson is approximately $6. Already participating in a regular carpool? No problem; organize your carpool through Duet to take advantage of our incentive program.


To learn how to schedule a ride please go to To download the Rideshare app free of charge search ‘Duet Commute’ on your smartphone’s app store. For more information on Teton Rideshare and details on summer incentives, please visit



About Teton Rideshare:

Teton Rideshare is a collaborative community effort to help people move around the Teton region. It is a special project of Friends of Pathways with support from the Teton Village Association, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, and private donors. Powered by the ridesharing app Duet, Teton Rideshare matches drivers and riders in the Greater Teton area. Teton Rideshare can be used in a 75 mile radius from Jackson including: Teton Valley, ID; Teton Valley, WY; Star Valley, WY; the Idaho Falls area; and the Pinedale Area.


Benefits of Using Teton Rideshare:

  • Build a stronger, solution-driven community
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Save money, make money…and new friends!
  • Reduce traffic & congestion


This Week in the World of #TetonEclipse

55 Days to Go and Loads of Opportunities to Learn More!

Things to consider for your eclipse preparedness and education this week – there’s lots going on and lots to look forward to – and we’re not just talking about the event itself, rather all the engagement opportunities surrounding it and chances to brush up on art, science and even some hazard mitigation.


Monday, June 26, 2017 – The Teton Photography Group Photographing the Eclipse at Teton County Library 6:00-7:30 pm

Teton Photography Group presents three mini-talks to get prepared for photographing the eclipse on August 21. Dr Jim Little Sr is an eclipse enthusiast and has traveled around the world to witness eight more total solar eclipses since his first eclipse experience in Helena, Montana in 1979. Aaron Linsdau, commercial photographer, wrote the Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guidebook. He will talk about technical shooting as well as how to use a point and shoot or smart phone. Dr. Samuel Singer, the Founder and Executive Director of Wyoming Stargazing will give a brief eclipse overview. All three will be available to answer questions. Location: Ordway Auditorium. Free. Oona,, 307-733-2164 x135.

PS Tonight there’s also a great presentation on Wildfires at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. This destinations prime fire season is in August and County and Town officials are focused on wildfire prevention during the anticipated heavy impact days surrounding the August 21 Eclipse.

Thursday, June 29, 2017- 7 AM

Breakfast at the Whole Grocer | JH Rotary Breakfast Club Eclipse Presentation with Rich Ochs, Teton County Emergency Management Services

Friday, June 20, 2017Pop Up for the Eclipse Party with Wyoming Stargazing and the Art Association. Free Community Event. Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center.

It’s time to get excited about the upcoming total solar eclipse! Join renowned photographer, astronomer and author Dr. Tyler Nordgren and Denver-based EUREKUS educators for a fun-filled evening presentations, hands-on family “STEAM” art projects, food and solar astronomy. We’ll be set up at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse from 6 pm – 9 pm before heading over (biking suggested) to Rendezvous Park to join Wyoming Stargazing (weather permitting). Food and beverages will be for sale as well Dr. Nordgren’s Eclipse posters and SUN, MOON, EARTH book if you would like to have them signed.

Dr. Nordgren’s presentation “Come for the Stars, Stay for the Sun” will begin at 7:30pm.

This is a free family event, donations appreciated. Picas and Nom Nom donuts will be for sale.


Grand Teton National Park Eclipse Speaker Series | Eclipse of a Generation

Don’t miss a valuable opportunity to learn more about the Eclipse of a Generation happening this Sunday, June 24 right in our stunning backyard of Grand Teton National Park.

Here are the details and be sure to check the events page for more educational and inspiring opportunities to learn more about the August 21, 2017 Eclipse Across America!

Grand Teton National Park Eclipse Speaker Series: The Eclipse of a Generation-Don’t Get Left Out in the Dark.  Presenter: Angela Speck, Professor of Astrophysics, Director of Astronomy University of Missouri.

7-8 pm at the Colter Bay Visitor Center 

Here Comes Summer, Here Comes the Sun…and the Moon

Here Comes the Sun- And Moon

A Summer Mix

A full top ten to kick off the Summer of the Solar Eclipse here in the Tetons – check the bonus track and stay tuned for more songs to get us to the big date.


Jackson Hole Eclipse Lodging – Limited But Still Available for Solar Eclipse

Top of the Monday. To correct any miscommunication surrounding Eclipse availability and helping travelers source places to stay, planning partners at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce have recently created a space on their Eclipse page to show availability for specific lodging options during the dates surrounding the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse taking place here in the Tetons on August 21, 2017.

From The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce:

Due to the unique event, lodging availability has become limited. The properties listed below reported that they have vacancies between Tuesday, August 15 and Friday, August 25. Availability is subject to change, minimum stays, and other restrictions. Availability may not include the night of Monday, August 21. Contact listed properties directly for details. Consider visting in the days before or after the eclipse!


Grand Teton National Park Announces Eclipse Speaker Series

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior




June 9,2017             17-32

Grand Teton National Park

PO Box 170

Moose, WY 83012


Denise Germann / 307.739.3393

Andrew White / 307.739.3431


Grand Teton National Park Media Release
Park Hosts Eclipse Across America Speaker Series 



MOOSE, WY- Grand Teton National Park is hosting an Eclipse Across America Speaker Series this summer to share  knowledge and amazing facts about the upcoming total solar eclipse.  Participating professors and astronomers will demonstrate and share their expertise and years of studying eclipses.  Each presentation in the series is intendedto increase participants understanding of many aspects of this spectacular event taking place in our sky on August 21.  Topics will include the how and why of the eclipse phenomenon, safety aspects, viewing and photographing the event, and telescope usage.

Grand Teton National Park Eclipse Speaker Series Schedule:

Date & Time Location Speaker Title Topic
6/15 7pm Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center Samuel Singer Director Wyoming Stargazing The Great Jackson Eclipse of 2017
6/24 7pm Colter Bay

Visitor Center

Angela Speck Professor of Astrophysics, Director of Astronomy University of Missouri The Eclipse of a Generation – Don’t Get Left Out of the Dark
7/10 7pm Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center Tyler Nordgren Full Professor of Physics & Astronomy

University of Redlands

The All-American Eclipse: Come for the Sun, Stay for the Stars
7/11 4pm Colter Bay

Visitor Center

Tyler Nordgren Full Professor of Physics & Astronomy

University of Redlands

The All-American Eclipse: Come for the Sun, Stay for the Stars
7/20 9pm Colter Bay Amphitheater Bob Hoyle Grand Teton Ranger & Former Professor of Astronomy Moments of Darkness – The History & Science of Solar Eclipses
7/27 9pm Colter Bay Amphitheater Bob Van Gundy Grand Teton Volunteer Astronomer,  University of Virginia Professor Science from the Sky: Using Satellite Observation to Study National Parks
8/3 7pm Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center Bob Van Gundy Grand Teton Volunteer Astronomer, University of Virginia Professor Science from the Sky: Using Satellite Observation to Study National Parks
8/10 7pm Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center Bob Hoyle Grand Teton Ranger & Former Professor of Astronomy Moments of Darkness – The History & Science of Solar Eclipses

TOMORROW @TCLIB | The Great Jackson Eclipse of 2017

JUNE 12 & JULY 17, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 pm

From Teton County Parks & Recreation:

The first Total Solar Eclipse to visit the U.S. in 38 years will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017.  Jackson Hole could offer one of the best places in the nation to view the total eclipse.  If skies are clear, the eclipse promises to be a spectacular astronomical event.  Samuel Singer, Executive Director of Wyoming Stargazing, will explore:  the documented history of solar eclipses and the science behind solar eclipses.

Public safety agencies have been planning since 2015 for the Total Solar Eclipse.  One issue that has come up is increasing community resilience to help limited public safety resources cope with the surge in visitors.  Businesses, residents and community organizations all need to be aware of the magnitude of this event and prepare accordingly.  Rich Ochs from Teton County Emergency Management will discuss our public safety planning efforts, issues the community may face, and simple steps locals can take to best prepare for this once in a lifetime event.

This program is offered in collaboration with Wyoming Stargazing, Teton County Emergency Management, Teton County Library and Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation.

Road Closure May Effect Eclipse Transit



Sean O’Malley, Director of Public Works

Phone: 307.733.3317


Dave Gustafson, Road & Department

Phone: 307.733.7190



For Immediate Release


Cattleman’s Bridge Over the Gros Ventre River on Spring Gulch Road is Closed


Jackson, WY, June 9, 2017 – Due to continued flooding, Cattleman’s Bridge on Spring Gulch Road is closed until further notice. The current level and speed of the Gros Ventre River has structurally compromised the bridge, and it is currently unsafe for passage.


The removal of debris from the upstream side of the bridge has been on-going, but due to reports of significant buckling of the bridge near the south bank of the river, the bridge was shut down yesterday evening around 7:00pm by the Teton County Sheriff’s Department and the Teton County Road & Levee Department.


Teton County Road & Levee personnel are assessing the situation today, and will be working to mitigate the river’s effect on the bridge. Continued debris removal will attempt to protect the structural integrity of the bridge, however, a full damage assessment and the development of options for repair will not be possible until the flood waters recede.


Due to these conditions, an extended closure is anticipated. Teton County Road & Levee will be working to repair and reopen the bridge as soon as it is deemed safe for travel.


In addition to the bridge closure, Spring Gulch Road is restricted to local traffic only south of King’s Highway and north of Lower Bar BC Road. Teton County officials encourage members of the public to use extreme caution around all rivers and creeks during this period of flooding.


For current updates on flooding, road closures, and related information, please sign-up for Teton County Emergency Management (TCEM) Nixle alerts ( and check in with TCEM’s facebook page.




Billy Kirk

Public Information Specialist

Teton County

307.732.5786 (o)

307.264.9102 (c)

Teton Eclipse Prep: Sign Up for Nixle

If you’ve already signed up for Nixle reports, then you know it’s flood season in Teton County. Nixle keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from your local public safety departments & schools as well as for any incidents resulting from naturally occurring events…like, say…an eclipse.

TetonEclipse has a handy section for signing up for Nixle. Home page- bottom left. And while you’re at it, consider staying tuned with the most up-to-date information by signing up for the Newsletter. Expect about a half-dozen reports between now and the big day. Consumers should not anticipate getting another email for approx. 360+ years. Cheers!

Deadline to Submit Special Eclipse Event Permit

Teton Board of County Commissionersapproved the 70- Day Rule for the time period surrounding the eclipse for County special events permits. The standard policy for County special events is that they must be received at least 15 days prior to the event. This rule will require that special events permits must be submitted at least 70 days prior to the event. The Sheriff’s Office is the primary recipient of special events permits, so they will have to enforce this rule, but all parties that review permits should know this from a planning standpoint as well.

The time period that this resolution impacts are special events that take place between August 16, 2017 through August 23, 2017. This means that for this period of time, special events permits must be received by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office by June 7th, 2017 through June 14th, 2017 accordingly.

This is for County special events only. The Town of Jackson implemented their own exception to their special events rule that requires 90 day notice, so theirs is a bit more strict than the County. That deadline is May 23, 2017.