About Solar Eclipse in Eastern Idaho
These sites are for tent camping. For RV camping please see my other listing.
Camping spots for the 2017 Solar Eclipse at one of the best places on earth to view this event! Granite Creek Ranch is a 4th generation cattle ranch that happens to be right in the path of the eclipse. For this spectacular event only, we are offering 40 camping sites in a meadow between a creek and a forested hillside covered with Aspen and Fir trees.
The campsites are on my private ranch of 4,000 acres which includes meadows, sage brush mountain sides and heavily forested mountain sides with some hay and grain fields.
I have over 10 miles of roads and trails for hiking which go from 6,000 feet to 7,300 feet. There are numerous spots within a half hour to hour hike to reach some mountain ridges where you can find spectacular views of Swan Valley, the Targhee Forest Mountains and a distant view of the Grand Tetons. The trail head is right where the campsites are.
Important things to take note:
*There is no water available at the campsites, so you will need to bring plenty of water with you.
*NO FIRES (There is usually a county wide fire ban during August anyways because of the dry conditions)
*Propane grills to cook dinner and breakfast are permitted.
*There will be porta potties and a garbage disposal bin set up for use by campers.
*Each campsite will be in a line on the edge of the meadow, no campsites behind or in front of one another.
The campsites are a little over a mile off the highway. Very easy to get to and you can park your car right next to the campsites. There is a small town, Swan Valley, 8 miles from my ranch. There is a large service station and a couple of country diners there for your convenience.
*** It does sound like there will be a large amount of people in the area so it would be wise to bring enough food and water for a couple of days. I would recommend NOT planning on eating out anywhere or really looking to drive any where if you do not absolutely need to because of traffic.
*** Fill up on gas, food, and water on your way to the area for easier convenience and likely better prices.
Several activities can be found within a half hour drive of my ranch.
I offer guided horse rides at my ranch. The ranch yard and cabins are another 1.5 miles up the ranch road. $50/person/hr.
Heise Hot Springs is 20 mins from my ranch. Water slide and a couple of swimming pools. There is Zip Lining and a nice pizza restaurant and UTV rentals.
The South Fork of the Snake River is 2 miles from my ranch. Great fishing and float trips are offered. White water rafting is possible within a 45 min drive towards Jackson Hole.
Jackson Hole is 1 hr from my ranch, Grand Teton NP 1.5 hours and Yellowstone NP is 2.5 hr drive from my ranch.
There will be no horses or cows near the campsite at the time of the eclipse.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 40
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 12PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 8 months out
The vibe at Solar Eclipse in Eastern Idaho
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Yesterday was the total eclipse, an unforgettable, exhilarating experience. Our group of six is so happy that we were able to stay on Peter's 4000-acre ranch. Absolutely beautiful land--golden fields of wheat and barley next to hills of quaking aspen and evergreens. The camp sites were tucked next to the trees, and so four of us put up hammocks to sleep in. Peter was attentive and thoughtful as a host, who spaced the campsites perfectly. Roughly seventy of us gathered to watch the eclipse on a ridge with a spectacular 360 view. We also went on morning and sunset horse rides, which were scenic. The horses were great. We plan to return to stay in a cabin or tent. Thank you, Peter!
I would stay here again depending on the price. The location is gorgeous, the host is super nice. Next time I'd really like to explore more and go for a trail ride. The field we were all camping in was littered with prickly plants and dried cow poop. The poop actually wasn't an issue to me, it was 100% dry and will eventually be gone. But the plethora of prickly plants...thank goodness I had a little shovel. I spent 30 sweaty minutes cleaning out our spot which I wasn't happy about. (We had our child with us, and I didn't want him getting hurt. And they do hurt!)
The location we chose to observe the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Eastern Idaho was on a 4000 acre ranch 30+ miles east of Idaho Falls. The location chosen was atop a hill overlooking a wide expanse of hills and valleys. The best ever for this memorable event. The rancher/owner made himself available at every turn to the 40+ campers. Best choice ever.