Kendall Warm Spring
A couple of miles down the road, a warm spring creek flows under the road en route to the river. In summer, watercress and tiny wildflowers flourish on the travertine shelf which creates a waterfall into the river below.
This tiny creek is home to a unique species of dace. Kendall Warm Springs Dace (Rhinichthys Osculus Thermalis) are rare and endangered. The dace developed into a distinct species when the travertine deposits, which formed the waterfall, isolated them from the river.
The largest fish grows to 2 inches long. During the spawn, the male turns purple while the female turns light green.
It’s worth a stop to view the spring and the amazing deep pool in the Green River below the small falls. There are worn paths to walk to keep the stream and surrounding vegetation safe.
Gros Ventre Lodge
One of the earliest dude ranches was built on the Green River with an expansive view of the Gros Ventre mountains. Operating from 1897 – 1906, the lodge hosted anglers and hunters. At nearly 8000′ above sea level, this spot has always drawn my eye as we pass by. This summer I sent up a drone – see photos.