This site is a resource available to Idaho communities, businesses, locals, and tourists in preparation for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
Resources for Communities:
Community Preparedness Workshops
Boise State University Workshops
- View eclipse tour dates and information on their website: http://www.astrojack.com/eclipse-tour/
- Visit the Boise State University Physics Department eclipse webpage: https://physics.boisestate.edu/eclipse/
- Boise State Eclipse Infographic
Resources for Businesses:
Resources for Visitors and Residents:
Incident Information System: Idaho Incidents
External Resource Websites:
How the State is Preparing:
- Bureau of Land Management – For anyone planning to view the solar eclipse on public lands in Idaho, please be aware of the anticipated crowd sizes and plan for many full campgrounds. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has produced a helpful one-page document on camping rules, public land campsites, maps, guides, and fire prevention tips. View the document here.
- Idaho Transportation Department – In preparation for the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is taking steps to maintain safety and mobility for motorists. Eclipse chasers from around the world are expected descend on parts of Idaho where typically clear summer skies are expected to provide incredible viewing opportunities. To optimize safety and mobility for residents and visitors, ITD is suspending most highway construction and maintenance Saturday through Monday (Aug. 19-21) where traffic is expected to be impacted. Drivers are urged to plan ahead, expect delays, keep a full tank of fuel, and have extra food and water in their vehicles. Sightseers are asked not to stop along roadways or park in turnouts or side lanes to view the eclipse.
- Idaho Office of Emergency Management – The Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) is activating the Idaho Emergency Operations Center (IDEOC) August 19-22nd to support Idaho Counties and address emergency management concerns relating to the eclipse. In addition to coordinating bi-weekly Eclipse Working Group meetings with state agency partners, IOEM has coordinated Community Preparedness Workshops along the path of totality, meeting with Emergency Managers and other local officials to provide situational awareness and support for the August 21st event. The IOEM Public Information Emergency Response (PIER) Team continues a coordinated public messaging campaign for citizens, local officials and media.
- U.S. Forest Service – The U.S. Forest Service has created a Great American Eclipse webpage specific to the Sawtooth National Forest. Click here to view their page and here for a Sawtooth National Forest map including areas of interest and parking. Additionally, here are more tips and resources from the U.S. Forest Service that covers the National Forests.
- Idaho Tax Commission – For anyone who will be selling goods, or renting out their homes or property for the eclipse, the Idaho Tax Commission has created a website to answer tax related questions. Please be sure to view their page here in advance of the August event.
Sarah Flick – Idaho Tourism – (208)287-3154
Megan Hill – Idaho Commerce – (208)780-5152