Most people see Gros Ventre as an add-on day trip to a Wyoming vacation focused on the great national parks in the area. While that’s true, it’s also a gorgeous destination with a deep history in its own right. Here are three things you didn’t know about Gros Ventre.
1. It Has a Unique Name
Okay, fine … you already knew that. But did you know that “Gros Ventre” actually means “big belly” in French? The name stems from the Gros Ventre tribe (pronounced “Grow Vaunt”), which the white settlers might have given them due to their love of feasting. The name then transferred to the area.
2. The Gros Ventre Wilderness Is Managed by the Forest Service
Many people think that all the wild territories in Wyoming are managed by the Park Service. And with Yellowstone and Grand Teton right nearby, that makes sense. Actually, though, the 285,607 acres was designated in 1984 for Forest Service use.
Why does this matter for you? For ecological reasons, it’s a strong motivator to come and visit. Because Forest Service land is “multiple use,” it can also be logged. The more money it gets from visitors, the greater the motivation to maintain it pristinely.
3. It Is Part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Don’t be confused. Gros Ventre is not located in Yellowstone National Park, but it is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. According to the Park Service, this is “one of the largest nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth.”
Visiting Gros Ventre gives you a larger perspective on this stunning natural area, especially when you take a side-by-side tour that enables you to really feel your surroundings. Don’t wait any longer to immerse yourself in the majesty of Gros Ventre … book a tour today!
How? Just give us a call here at Scenic Safaris to ask question and register. But make sure not to wait too long, because slots fill up fast! See you soon.