The name comes from an Indian word "ahsahta" meaning horned sheep. They were found in large numbers among the rocks and precipices of the area. (WPA) The range of mountains ... took their name from the sheep which were found in them. The Indian (Absaroka) name of the mountains was ahsahta, meaning "big head." (Gannett, 1905)
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