Torrington is located on US Highway 26 about 3 hours north of Denver, Colorado. Many visitors may travel to the area from Denver or from Cheyenne, Wyoming. The population of Torrington is about 6,000. There are few commercial services such as hotels, shopping and other services. Area attractions include many historical pioneer sites.
Eclipse Viewing Venues
There are many open fields around Torrington. The city is situated at the western edge of the Great Plains. At the start of totality, 11:46am, the sun will be high in the southern sky. There are many open spaces for eclipse viewing in the area.
Official eclipse viewing venues may be established as August 21, 2017 nears. These may be set up to take advantage of the open spaces near the city where a large number of visitors could park.
There are few highways and roads around Torrington. Congestion is very likely on the day of the eclipse. Travelers should arrive early and expect some difficulty when departing.
Last Minute Accommodations
Those eclipse viewers arriving at the last minute may find limited accommodation options. Visitors may want to consider staying in Cheyenne, or even Colorado, and drive to an eclipse viewing location. As mentioned, however, traffic congestion is likely to be heavy on the day of the eclipse.
Area Weather Possibilities
Torrington is usually sunny and dry in August. Unfortunately, thunderstorms may develop at this time of year. Clear weather is vital for eclipse watching. Eclipse viewers will want to monitor the local weather forecast in advance. Moving to a more suitable viewing location may be necessary if bad weather is due.
Alternate Viewing Possibilities to Counter Bad Weather
If the weather in Torrington is poor for eclipse viewing, the next nearest community may be as far away as Alliance, Nebraska. This community is about 2.5 hours away to the east.