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Shoshone National Forest has recommendations for eclipse viewing, camping

Aug 13, 2017 From staff reports

The public's assistance and cooperation is being sought in the numerous ways.

The Shoshone National Forest expects visitors from all over the world to be in the forest to experience the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

Forest officials says public cooperation will be essential to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Beginning Aug. 17, the U.S. Forest Service will provide education and important information for safe forest visitation at numerous points of entry to the Forest near Dubois and Lander.

There also will be additional information areas set up near Cody. All Shoshone National Forest district offices will be open Aug. 19-20.

The public's assistance and cooperation is being sought in the following ways:

- Keeping forest roads clear and open for emergency traffic;

- Practicing good campfire safety by ensuring the fire is cool to the touch before leaving the site;

-Properly storing food, garbage, and all other attractants;

- Packing out all trash, and properly disposing of human waste.

As a reminder, motorized travel is restricted to open, designated routes as shown on the Shoshone National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map.

Visitors may not drive across meadows or vegetation. Be prepared for heavy traffic, which may cause delays in some areas. Digital copies of the Motor Vehicle Use Map are available at www.fs.usda.gov/main/shoshone/maps-pubs.

While popular on the Shoshone National Forest, anyone intending to disperse camp, must note the following:

- Dispersed camping is not allowed along U.S. Highway 14/16/20 on the Wapiti Ranger District west of Cody

-Where applicable, dispersed camping, with a vehicle, is allowed within 100 yards of open system roads

All the campgrounds on the Wind River Ranger District and the Washakie Ranger District are first come, first served.

On the Wind River Ranger District out of Dubois, there are a few important pieces of information to be aware of:

-Recommended viewing areas: along Forest Service Road, FSR, 532 (Sheridan Loop) and FSR 263 (Union Pass)

-FSR 510 (Burroughs Loop Road is closed between Virgin Lake and Rainbow Lake due to a slump across the road

-The lower portion of FSR 510 (about 2 miles north of the Horse Creek Guard Station) is restricted to ATVs/UTVs

-The Brooks Lake snowmobile parking area will be opened and available for dry camping durin gthe eclipse weekend and beyond..

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