With the upcoming solar eclipse that will pass through Casper making it a primary destination for those wishing to view it, finding a place to stay can be difficult. Many of the people coming to Natrona County will be camping. The Natrona County Parks Department wants everyone who uses a Natrona County campground to know that there will be some changes at several of the campgrounds and Beartrap meadow during the eclipse. Normally, all Natrona County campgrounds are available on a first-come first-served basis for camping up to 10 days. However, several campgrounds have been set aside for reserved camping and will not be available from August 7 - 21, 2017. Okie and Black Beach campgrounds at Alcova Reservoir as well as Deer Haven and Beartrap campgrounds on Casper Mountain will not be available for camping during this time. All other campgrounds will remain on a first-come first-served basis. Additionally, there will be tent camping within the meadow at Beartrap so there will be vehicles parked in areas usually associated with the Beartrap Music Festival.
Park personnel will be monitoring the campgrounds to make sure they remain available for those who have reserved a space. Signs will be placed at the reserved campgrounds to remind campers. All other campgrounds such as Tower Hill, Cottonwood Beach, Fremont Canyon, Westside and all the Pathfinder Reservoir campgrounds will remain first-come first-served but are expected to fill up fast. However, it might be a good time to avoid camping as there will be a large number of people coming to Wyoming for the eclipse. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Parks Department at (307) 235-9311.