The Wind River Range [or "Winds" for short], is a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains in western Wyoming. The range runs roughly NW-SE for approximately 100 miles [161 km]. The Continental Divide follows the crest of the range and includes Gannett Peak, which at 13,804 feet [4,207 m], is the highest peak in Wyoming. There are more than 40 other named peaks in excess of 13,000 feet [3,962 m]. With the exception of the Grand Teton in the Teton Range, the next 19 highest peaks in Wyoming after Gannett are also in the Winds.
Within the Winds, numerous lakes were formed by the glaciers and numerous cirques, or circular valleys, were carved out of the rocks, the most well known being the Cirque of the Towers, in the southern section of the range. Shoshone National Forest claims that there are 16 named and 140 unnamed glaciers just on the east side of the range for a total of 156, with another 27 reported by Bridger-Teton National Forest for the western slopes of the range. Several of these are the largest glaciers in the U.S. Rocky Mountains.
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