Gros Ventre Mountains
Pronounced gro-vänt and named for the French word for “big belly,” the Gros Ventre Mountains host a lot less people than their popular
Grand Teton sibling and are best known for their tallest peak, Sheep Mountain, also known as the Sleeping Indian due to its resemblance
of a reclining Indian Chief.
In 1925, after a winter of heavy snow and then spring rains, a major part of the mountain broke off the north side of Sleeping Indian
and some 50 million cubic yards of rock, about one mile long, 2000 feet wide and several hundred feet deep, slid down and formed a dam
225 feet high and a half mile across the Gros Ventre River. The dam created a lake that, for two years, held until on May 18, 1927,
part of the dam gave way and a wall of water, mud and rock flowed down the canyon killing six people, destroying valuable ranch property
and nearly wiping out the downstream town of Kelly.
Today the Gros Ventre Mountains are home to elk, moose, deer, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bear, wolves, mountain lion and many other
species. Because the area receives less snow than surrounding areas, it provides a necessary winter range for wildlife-and correspondingly,
a great place for wildlife viewing and snowmobiling.