3:05 p.m. UPDATE: People driving south from the Stanley area should expect even further traffic delays due to a crash on Highway 75 about two miles north of Ketchum.

Three vehicles were involved and no injuries have been reported, per the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. Crews are working to clear the scene and drivers should be patient and alert for first responders on the road.

After the eclipse, traffic was backed up heavily both north of Ketchum and between Ketchum and Hailey as drivers tried to head back south.

1:25 P.M. UPDATE: It's over! Reports of heavy traffic are trickling in as eclipse viewers head home. A two-vehicle crash on U.S. 20/26 between Craters of the Moon and Arco has traffic slowed to a crawl. 

10:50 A.M. UPDATE: Highways around Craters of the Moon National Monument have seen the most drastically increased eclipse-related traffic counts in Idaho.

Over the past 24 hours, U.S. 93 near Craters had seen 5,370 vehicles versus 2,210 during the same time in 2016, and on U.S. 20/26 near Arco traffic counts were up from 3,270 over the past day in 2016 to 6,000 now, according to information provided by the Idaho Transportation Department as of 8 a.m. Monday.

These numbers have translated into many more people at the park. This weekend eclipsed all previous records for the number of visitors, park officials posted on Facebook, even leading them to close the park briefly Sunday afternoon to bring visitation back down to safe levels.

The park itself is not in the path of totality, and the visitor center will close from 10:30 a.m. to noon so employees can enjoy the eclipse in nearby Arco, which is in the path. Craters of the Moon employees and NASA scientists will be in Bottolfsen Park for it.

10:10 A.M. UPDATE: Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is seeing “traffic (picking up) considerably, but still flowing at 55 mph at this time up to Ketchum and north to Smiley Creek,” according to its Facebook page.

“Lots of people have picked their spots and are ready to enjoy the view,” the office wrote. “If you are still looking for your spot, please do not stop on the roadway. Public safety is our priority.”

10 A.M. UPDATE: Idaho Transportation Department estimates 30,000 vehicles have traveled north over the past few days to experience the eclipse in Idaho, according to its solar eclipse traffic count at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

“Overnight saw traffic really picking up on the I-15 corridor between Utah and Idaho Falls,” ITD wrote. Traffic is moving smoothly in other places, with recent “minor slowdowns” on I-15 between Utah and Idaho Falls, and Idaho 55 north of Eagle.

The post-eclipse situation could be worse.

“For those traveling home on Monday, be prepared,” ITD said, warning of traffic congestion.

9:40 UPDATE: Idaho Transportation Department told Idaho State Police to expect increased traffic on eclipse day, but no traffic issues have surfaced.

A supervisor at Southern Idaho Regional Communications Center said eclipse day is “just another day.”

In Hailey, the eclipse hadn’t led to more than normal traffic on Monday morning, police said — there were about as many vehicles on the road as there would be any other Monday morning.

Parking at Redfish Lake, a popular destination near Stanley, filled up early Sunday afternoon due to the number of eclipse-gazers in the area, leading the Forest Service to turn around vehicles at the lake’s entrance for a while. It had reopened by 5 p.m., however.

9:10 A.M. UPDATE: Pull-out areas on highways near Arco are packed, with eclipse viewers setting up camp chairs and barbecuing breakfast.

A Times-News reporter near Carey says she's seeing more traffic than usual but not enough to affect travel times.

Paul Frishman of Las Vegas said he had to convince his wife to come to Idaho for the eclipse. "I want to go to Idaho to see something that's only going to last a couple of minutes, and it might be cloudy and it might be for nothing," he told his wife.

They're more optimistic today, with clear skies — only a little smoky haze, especially near Mackay — and lighter-than-expected traffic. 

8:30 A.M. UPDATE: Many of the trailheads that access the Sawtooth and White Clouds wilderness areas rapidly filled with visitors who want to see the eclipse from popular high-country lakes, and the Iron Creek Trailhead has reached full capacity.

In response, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area closed Iron Creek Road and backcountry access from the Iron Creek Trailhead this weekend. The area will likely remain closed through Monday.

“The alpine destinations in the Iron Creek drainage have likely reached capacity. Our primary concern is for public health and safety and we want all visitors to enjoy their experience while on the rorest during this eclipse,” area ranger Kirk Flannigan said in a release.

Still trying to get into the backcountry? Call the Stanley Ranger Station at 208-774-3000 or the SNRA headquarters at 208-727-5000.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE: An increase in traffic flow on Idaho highways has been staggered over a few days, according to a solar eclipse traffic count from Idaho Transportation Department at 8 a.m. Monday. That includes a significant uptick in northbound traffic on I-15 toward Pocatello and Idaho Falls.

But “it appears there is a lot of traffic movement this morning as people try to get into place to view the eclipse,” ITD wrote.

More is expected Monday or early Tuesday after the eclipse. “This means that I-15 will most likely experience significant congestion heading south towards Utah,” ITD wrote.

Routes to keep an eye out for: U.S. 95 between New Meadows and Riggins, Idaho 55 between Eagle and Banks, U.S. 93 near Craters of the Moon and U.S. 20 near Arco.

7 A.M. UPDATE: If you received a pair of solar eclipse glasses from Dutch Bros. Coffee — including its Twin Falls location — don’t use them.

The company is issuing a voluntary recall.

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“We purchased these glasses after receiving certification of ISO compliance from the manufacturer,” the company wrote in a statement on is Facebook page about seven hours ago.

“Further investigation has led us to question this certification. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we are issuing this voluntary recall.”

If you received a pair of glasses in Twin Falls, return them to the coffee shop at 572 Pole Line Road for a free drink of your choice.

“We apologize for your inconvenience,” Dutch Bros. wrote in a statement.

The Twin Falls owner of Dutch Bros. referred inquiries Monday from the Times-News to the corporate office. 

6 A.M.: The Idaho Transportation Department is predicting heavy traffic Monday due to the total solar eclipse, but so far, traffic throughout south-central Idaho is flowing smoothly.

ITD has issued a warning for traffic congestion until 6 p.m. between Fillmore Street/Bridgeview Boulevard in Twin Falls and U.S. 26 in Shoshone.

“Look out for traffic congestion (because) of a solar eclipse,” it wrote in its 511 traveler information website. “Expect delays of uncertain duration.”

No accidents are reported on area highways, as of 6 a.m.

If you’re traveling to view the eclipse, ITD recommends considering delaying your return trip home to try to avoid the worst of the traffic.

On Sunday afternoon, traffic was flowing smoothly on Idaho highways.

The number of vehicles on the road increased — at least doubling in some places — but roads haven’t reached “critical capacity,” according to a solar eclipse traffic count from ITD at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Traffic on I-15 heading north nearly tripled. And “US-93 traffic near Craters of the Moon continues to grow as people move around within the path of totality, particularly heading east,” ITD wrote.

ITD hasn’t issued an updated traffic count for Monday morning.

Follow Magicvalley.com for updates. ITD has a websites with updated road conditions (http://511.idaho.gov/) and traffic counts for the solar eclipse (http://itd.idaho.gov/news/solar-eclipse-traffic-counts/).


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