UPDATE: Tuesday, August 22
Here are the preliminary numbers of total cars traveling to and through Idaho for the 2017 Solar Eclipse: Our traffic counters near the state borders counted 449,530 cars entering the state between August 18 and August 21. This number was an increase of 71,140 during that same time frame last year when 361,270 cars were counted entering Idaho at those same locations. ITD estimates more than 160,000 visitors came from out of state for the event (see methodology below).
The bulk of the visitors came from Utah and Oregon. Areas where the traffic was busiest include I-15 between Utah and Idaho Falls, US-93 near Craters of the Moon, US-20 near Arco, ID-95 from Payette to Riggins, and ID-55 north of Eagle.
Many locations in the mountains saw a steady stream of increased traffic throughout the weekend, up until the morning of the eclipse. Monday morning, routes along the I-15 corridor saw the biggest spike for day-of traffic. Travel home did cause congestion along the above routes. Most of that cleared up by 5:00 p.m. Monday, though congestion lingered on I-15 until 9:30 p.m.
|Traffic Counter Location†||2017 Eclipse Traffic‡||2016 Comparison§||% Traffic Change|
|I-15, Pocatello (Exit 63)*||112720||85840||+31%|
|I-15, Dubois (near MT)*||24210||17120||+41%|
|I-15 Blackfoot (Exit 98)||129280||106430||+21%|
|I-84, W. of Caldwell (Ext 13)*||116800||100740||+16%|
|I-86, btw Twin Falls and American Falls (Exit 15)||35650||36590||-3%|
|ID-21, Robie Creek||17610||14490||+22%|
|ID-33, WY Border*||33610||31610||+6%|
|ID-75, N. of Shoshone||19110||16250||+18%|
|ID-75, N. of Hailey||60880||56990||+7%|
|US-20, NE of Ashton*||37870||35570||+6%|
|US-20, W. of Idaho Falls||9950||9720||+2%|
|US-20/26, E. of Arco||19080||12320||+55%|
|US-30, W. of Lava Hot Springs||27510||27860||-1%|
|US-91, UT Border*||35960||32210||+12%|
|US-93, Craters of the Moon||15080||7900||+91%|
|US-93, NV Border (S. Rogerson)*||24260||19280||+26%|
|US-95, N. of Salmon River Bridge*||15840||11810||+34%|
This number is meant only to be an estimate of visitors to Idaho for the 2017 solar eclipse and is not intended to be authoritative. ITD’s method for estimating visitor numbers took the change in traffic count from 2016 to 2017 at border locations (marked with *), multiplied by 2.5 people per average vehicle, minus 5% for local traffic. This method does not capture the number of visitors who may have flown into Idaho via commercial flights or backcountry airstrips.