It's Crucial to Leave No Trace during Solar Eclipse Travel

The viewing path of this month’s Solar Eclipse runs directly through the United States, hitting popular outdoor areas such as Grand Teton National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Snake River Valley, among others. 

Masses of people will be descending upon these areas as they move away from city centers to experience maximum darkness. As you plan your Solar Eclipse travel, consider these tips from Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.  


At places like Grand Teton National Park and other national and state parks, there is real concern about the impacts of road congestion and people not finding appropriate places to park thus: 

1.     Leave significant time to arrive at your destination. Chances are you will not be alone. 

2.     On public lands, check with land management agencies for mass transportation options. 

3.     Be aware of your group size and do your best to keep it as small as possible. 

4.     Bring additional food and water

5.     Avoid pulling over onto undesignated foliage. The impacts could be long-term. 

6.     Be safe and bring the appropriate eclipse eyewear. 



Eclipses are awe inspiring experiences. If you are viewing an eclipse in nature, consider your noise level.



The Path of Totality includes large swaths of habitat that wildlife call home. They will be impacted on eclipse day by the crowds thus do your best to:

1.     Pack out your trash and ensure you don’t leave food scraps.

2.     Maintain a safe distance.

3.     Consider the decibels of your exuberance so as not to startle a passing elk.

Cover photo: Josh Packer  

Published: August 2, 2017

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics


Leave No Trace is a national movement to protect the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly.