(Gillette, Wyo.) Would you pay $1,600 to stay in Casper? If you want a room during the eclipse in the city, that’s what you’re going to pay.
At the moment, there is one single room listed on Expedia.com and Hotels.com in Casper during the event, at 1st Interstate Motel, and it’s marked down from $1,795…per night. All the rest of the hotels are marked with a red “no availability” icon.
Gillette is out of the prime corridor to view the rare celestial event, but even this far north hotels are filling up with skygazers eager for a glimpse of the eclipse.
“We’ve been booked up for weeks,” said Jacinda Orozoco, staff member at Arbuckle Lodge. “We are super excited.”
Gillette shows vacancies on Expedia and Hotels.com, but they’re all marked with limited quantities of one or two rooms left. And rates are almost all above $100 per night.
“Anything that brings this many people to Wyoming is good for the economy,” said Suliaman Khan, general manager of Days Inn.
He said the Days Inn had an Italian tour bus call begging for rooms. The Days Inn still has a handful of rooms left, Khan said, but that’s not likely to last much longer.
On the Wyoming Craigslist site, a search of vacation rentals shows one ad after another for accommodations during the eclipse. An RV Park in Casper is listing spots for $350 per night.
Khan said Wyoming is one of the top destinations for the event, and with the slowdown in the state economy over the past couple years, it’ll be a good boost for local businesses.
“We’re going to make some money,” he said.