Casper, Wyoming, located at the junction of US highway 20/26 and Interstate I-25. The city is located on broad plains stretching towards the Thunder Basin National Grassland to the north. There are some hotels and other services in the area. Advance reservations are a must. Casper is located relatively near Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Denver, Colorado, both cities that do not experience totality on August 21, 2017. Many visitors to Casper may travel from these cities.
Eclipse Viewing Venues
Perhaps the best eclipse viewing locations will be in the open fields north of the city. Totality starts at 11:42am and the sun will be high in the southern sky. A clear view of the sun should be possible in most areas.
Last Minute Accommodations
Those who arrive at Casper with reservations may find very limited accommodation options. This is a rather open and sparsely populated area. It is highly likely that last minute eclipse visitors will cause extensive traffic jams in the area before, and particularly after, the total solar eclipse.
Area Weather Possibilities
The late August weather in Casper is usually clear and sunny. Eclipse watchers should be wary of thunderstorms. Since clear weather is vital for eclipse watching, eclipse viewers will want to monitor the forecast in advance of August 21. If bad weather is expected for the area, moving to a more suitable viewing location is advised.
Alternate Viewing Possibilities to Counter Bad Weather
The area around Casper offers few options for those who seek to avoid bad weather. Travel to the east on Interstate 25 may be an option to consider. This freeway stretches along the zone of totality. Finding a suitable viewing location may be possible as far away as Wheatland.
To the west, there may be alternate viewing locations along US highway 26. This road does travel into the mountains, however, which may limit the chance for suitable eclipse viewing.