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Jackson Fork Gros Ventre Mountains
Jackson Fork Gros Ventre Mountains

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.
Jackson Fork Gros Ventre Mountains
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.
Jackson Fork Gros Ventre Mountains
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. Jackson Fork Gros Ventre Mountains