How one ranch is becoming an eclipse hot spot
Coverage of the August 2017 solar eclipse and related events is brought to you by Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel.
I know, I know all this eclipse talk is beginning to bore you and probably stress you out a little too. Well if you think you’re stressed imagine renting your acreage to a bunch of out-of-town/state/country-ers, because that’s exactly what many Wyoming residents are doing. From camper trailers, to houses, to full blown lots, residents are taking advantage of this economic opportunity and turning Fremont County into THE place to be this solar eclipse.
If you’ve been curious about how all of this works, you’re in for a treat! County 10 sat down with Blazing Sevens Ranch, owner Dolores Clemons to get the inside scoop on how her home is being transformed into a tourist hot spot during eclipse weekend.
Attending all the town meetings, completing all the correct forms, and getting her 35 acres mowed and ready to go for the eclipse has been her summer renovation, with the help of her husband of course. Instead of renting out her home like some other residents are doing, Dolores has decided to section off her acreage into 20×20, and 20×40 square foot areas, and let people bring their own tents, campers, and RV’s, with a couple tents she’s willing to rent out.
20×20 lots are for tent campers at $80/night and the 20×40 lots are for RV’s and go for $150/night. These prices are a steal compared to some homes, and hotels in the areas which can go from anywhere between $700-$1500 per night.
The price may be a steal but Dolores continually sent out letters reminding her visitors of the isolation and lack of pampering at her place. She’s been building outhouses with compostable toilets inside, and will have a large tank of water hauled for washing hands, drinking, and maybe the quick sponge bath, but these accommodations are just about all the guests get. They may miss out on a hot shower, or a complimentary breakfast, but that’s nothing for her visitors who are excited for the gorgeous views of the eclipse from the beauts by her home.
The real Wyoming experience is actually what her visitors are getting, and some of her visitors probably had no idea Wyoming even existed. Not only does she have guests arriving from all over the United States Blazing Sevens is a true melting pot of people from all over the world. With guests coming from France, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Czechoslovakia, and more they can expect a culture shock for sure.
Since the event is so large, and many guests including Dolores, are excited to mingle, chat, and get to know a little bit about the guestbook she is providing a home-cooked Wyoming meal Sunday night. All of her guests (provided they RSVP) will get to enjoy a meal together, talk about their travels and just really enjoy each other’s company.
Her guests have been very excited and impressed at how well Dolores’ place is coming along as well as her hospitality and kindness. “I am very impressed for all you are doing to welcome your guests. Your precise description of your unusual place make me impatient to discover it,” one guest wrote back to Dolores.
I bet you’re wondering how she’s doing with all the excitement at her house, well she’s very nervous but truly excited to meet people from all around the world. She has ordered everyone eclipse glasses and decided to watch the eclipse alongside her guests. Her hard work and tactful planning have paid off and Dolores is now up to 150 reservations on her 35 acres, and still accepting more until she’s full.
Another little anecdote about the place, if you’ve been wondering why it’s named Blazing Sevens Ranch, well after hitting the jackpot on the Blazing Sevens machine her husband was able to buy the property and start building their home, and now building their tourist park.