The City of Driggs has compiled information for
that will be useful in preparing for and during the August 2017 solar eclispe.
- Arrange accommodations prior to arrival; lodging will be limited.
- Camping is not allowed or available in city or county parks or fairgrounds.
- Campsites and RV sites may be available at permitted campgrounds on private land. AN INTERACTIVE MAP OF TEMPORARY PERMITTED CAMPSITES AND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE. Click on camp icons to reveal details about each site.
- RV dump stations are very limited, as is water for RV and large container fill-ups
- Public showers are not available anywhere in Teton County, Idaho.
- We do not have any lodging lists, but there are still rooms available on sites such as Airbnb and VRBO.
- NO CAMPING IN CITY PARKS OR PARKING LOTS
- BURN BAN IS IN EFFECT. NO OPEN FIRES ALLOWED FOR ANY REASON. VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED
- Fire danger will likely be high
- Fireworks are prohibited
- Do not drive or park cars over dry vegetation
- Call 911 immediately if you see a fire or accidentally start one
- Burning trash is prohibited in city limits.
- Please pick up all trash and take it with you or deposit in designated public garbage/recyling cans.
- Trash & Recycling: Teton County Transfer Station is open to the public Tues- Fri 8am- 3pm Sat 8am-1pm. Located at 1088 Cemetery Rd Driggs.
- RV waste disposal is very limited (as is water for RV or container fill-ups)
- Public portable toilets will be available along major highways and at select trailheads
- Please help us keep our city clean and litter-free!
- Most government offices will be closed on 8/21/17
- For Eclipse status updates:
- Teton County:tetoncountyidaho.gov and facebook.com/tetoncountyidaho
- City of Driggs: driggsidaho.org and facebook.com/driggsidaho
- City of Victor: victorcityidaho.com and facebook.com/cityofvictor
- City of Tetonia: tetoniaidaho.com and facebook.com/cityof tetonia
What to Bring with You
- ISO Certified Eclipse Viewing Glasses
- First Aid Kit
- Necessary medications for you and your pets
- Cash (ATMs may be limited during this time)
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Folding chair
- Jacket or sweatshirt (evenings are cool)
- Snacks/food for the hours, days you plan to be here
- Prepaid phone card – if you need to call long distance and cellular service is not available
- Maps of area if you need directions (print your directions and bring them with you); your cellular service may be limited during heaviest impact times
Traffic & Parking
- NO PARKING ON ANY STATE HIGHWAYS (HWY 31, HWY 32 and HWY 33)
- Obey all road closures and traffic signs.
- Traffic may become overwhelming and make it difficult to travel.
- Share roadways/highways with emergency vehicles and be conscious of heavy bicycle traffic. Use designated parking areas when possible
- No ATV/UTV’s permitted on pathways, city streets, or parks.
- Please respect private property (ask for permission; don’t trespass)
- If you pull over to view the eclipse on a county road, do not park in or near dry vegetation (fire hazard)
Events, Sites & Facilities
- Eclipse Event Sites and Facilities in Teton County, Idaho: interactive web map.
- Parks and Pathways in the City of Driggs.
Drone use: Per FAA regulations, any drone being operated within 5 miles of Driggs airport runway must notify the city in advance. [Link to Form and Map.]
In preparation for the Solar Eclipse in August 2017, the city adopted a Special Event Permit that allows property owners to host short term events and/or lodging amenities in exchange for compensation that would otherwise not be allowed under the current zoning.
Temporary Lodging Options:
Nightly rental of private residence or room (ex. Airbnb, VRBO): If you are renting your property or a portion thereof for a period less than 30 days in exchange for compensation, you must register your rental preperty with the city as a business and ensure that all applicable taxes are collected. This requirement exists year-round and not just during the eclipse.
RV or Tent Camping at your home: If you charge a fee, then only 1 RV or tent site is permitted. 2 or more RV or tent sites with compensation requires a Special Event Permit. RV or tent camping without compensation is not currently regulated, but depending on the number of free camp sites it could be considered a Special Event, so please check with the P&Z Administrator (208-354-2362 x5 or email) if over 2 sites.
RV or Tent Camping on a vacant lot: RV or tent sites with/without compensation requires a Special Event Permit.
The eclipse is on Monday, August 21st so the community should begin to prepare the Monday before. Have preparations in place by no later than Wednesday so local merchants and service stations can resupply and prepare for the eclipse surge.
Ensure that you have:
- groceries for the week
- cash on hand
- all cars gassed up, plus a jerry can or two extra
- prescription medicines
- fences in place and in good condition
- animals secured
- no parking/no trespassing signs
Please also consider the following:
- Please be welcoming. This may be inconvenient for us, but let’s try to be good hosts.
- Take the day off, if you can. If you’re a business owner consider closing for the day to allow your employees to stay home and off the roads.
- Pay bills and notify relatives in case cell service is interrupted.
- Leave the car and ride your bike as much as possible.
- Please turn off all outdoor lights for the week of the eclipse.
If properly planned and prepared for this can be a tremendous opportunity for local businesses and residents. This is a once in a lifetime special experience that should be observed, enjoyed and remembered and that’s the way we should prepare for it.
Special Event Permit: In preparation for the Solar Eclipse in August 2017, the city adopted a Special Event Permit that allows the hosting of short term events and/or lodging amenities in exchange for compensation that would otherwise not be allowed under the current zoning. The Special Event Permit application form is required for the following:
- Outdoor lodging (2 or more RV or tent camping sites)
- Temporary vending of goods/food/beverages (2+vendors at the same location)
- Events that are beyond the scope of normal operations for the location (per Ordinance 379-17)
Temporary vendor: If you would like to sell goods, food or beverages during the eclipse week and you are not associated with any event, you will need to complete the Transitory Business Registration form and collect all applicable taxes. Selling beer & wine requires additional review and approval. Please contact the City Clerk for more information (208-354-2362 x3 or email).
- Location: Selling on city sidewalks are reserved for the adjacent brick-and-mortar businesses, so common options are getting property owner permission to sell on vacant property along Main St or in a parking lot. The property must be commercially zoned. Please call the P&Z Adminstrator to discuss location options (208-354-2362 x5 or email).
Food Vendors: If selling food, please also contact the Eastern Idaho Public Health District for more information and Licenses. Applications for a Temporary Food License are required two (2) weeks in advance. All inspections for a temporary food license will take place no later than Saturday, August 19th. If any food license request is for Sunday, August 20th – Monday, August 21st, vendors will be required to set up and prepare their menu items for staff inspection up to, and including, Saturday, August 19th. If the vendor is found to be in compliance with the Idaho Food Code regulations, the license will be issued. If the vendor is not willing to meet this advanced inspection requirement, the application will not be accepted.
Other Helpful Information:
Teton County, Idaho website & Facebook
Teton County Sheriff- call 911 for emergencies and 208-354-2323 for non-emergencies
Hospital (208) 354-2383 120 East Howard Ave, Driggs, Idaho
Trash & Recycling- Teton County Transfer Station is open to the public Tues- Fri 8am- 3pm Sat 8am-1pm. Located at 1088 Cemetery Rd Driggs.
Teton Valley Survival Guide- Eclipse Edition- Teton Valley News publication