Looking east, this web camera features the view of the Sleeping Indian, also known as Sheep Mountain. Easily seen from the town of Jackson Hole, Sheep Mountain forms a five-mile long ridge within the Gros Ventre (gro-VONT) Range. The Sleeping Indian name was given to the mountain because of its appearance when viewed from Jackson Hole. This is the southern end of Sheep Mountain, which is above tree line and has many rocky cliffs that make for the "Sleeping Indian" appearance. The resemblance to a Native American comes from the appearance of an Indian lying on his back with his arms crossed on his chest and adorned in a traditional headdress. Known as one of the most iconic sets of peaks within the Jackson Hole Area, the Sleeping Indian is easily recognized by both locals and visitors alike.

Within the Bridger-Teton National Forest, this peak sits to the East of town and is well known for its views, camping and hiking attractions. The elevation of the summit lays at 11,239 feet and as the name Sheep Mountain would suggest it was named for the distinct shape of the native bighorn sheep. Ranked as the ninth highest peak of the Gros Ventre Range, Sheep Mountain is a sight to behold.

Sitting entirely west of the Continental Divide of North America, the Gros Ventre Range is a member of the Central Rocky Mountain chain and is known as the sixth highest mountain range in Wyoming. It runs just opposite to the northern end of the Wind River Range and runs west-east from Jackson Hole. The Gros Ventre Range was named after a tribe of Native Americans known as the Grow Ventre tribe. The name is a French Trapper term which means "fat stomach", the Grow Ventre tribe was nomadic and passed through the area on a regular basis.

Wildlife Viewing
As the Sheep Mountain name suggests it is home to the iconic bighorn sheep, in fact, Northwest Wyoming is home to some of the largest concentrations of bighorn sheep within the lower 48 states. These wild sheep live in social groups with males keeping in company of bachelor groups and female sheep living with their young rams and other females. The bighorn sheep is active throughout the day partaking in foraging, grooming and playful activities. You may also witness rams fighting with one another as mating season approaches in order to establish dominance. This species is commonly found on the forested slopes and rocky ridges throughout the Gros Ventre mountain range.

Hiking Opportunities
Rated as one of the top ten best hikes around Jackson Hole, make sure that the Sleeping Indian hike is on your list if you enjoy hiking and the scenic outdoors. If you want to see awe-inspiring views of the Tetons and the valley, then plan to do a day hike on Sheep Mountain, aka "Sleeping Indian". Almost completely overlooked by visitors the mountain does deserve attention, as it provides some of the best views of the Tetons. A few different trail options are available depending upon experience and time, lower amounts of foot traffic make for an enjoyable day hike for whichever trail you decide to explore. The most common trail is a 12-mile round trip hike that will take you through vast meadows filled with colorful wildflowers and groves of pine tree-filled forests.