Earthquake Lake

Earthquake Lake, West Yellowstone: Address, Phone Number, Earthquake Lake Reviews: 4.5/5

Earthquake Lake
4.5
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Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
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Richard D
Lakewood, CO51 contributions
A most-memorable visit
Sep 2021
Just northwest of West Yellowstone, Earthquake Lake and the visitor center explain the 1959 Hegben earthquake in powerful detail. You will take away a better sense of the power of the earth and the frailty of man. Take the drive, stop at the information pullouts, and enjoy the scenary.
Written 18 September 2021
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jennifer r
5 contributions
Beautiful, educational and a little sad
Aug 2021
This little unknown place is a must see if you are in the area. You can see the destructiveness of the power of an earthquake and power of an avalanche in one area. The idea that all the rocks came from the other side is just amazing. How sad for the campers that were there and lost their lives. We were amazed the amount of different kinds of rock you find in that area side it is basically all areas of the mountain the fell down. A must see!
Written 19 August 2021
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D Solove
9 contributions
Interesting and scary to visit active earthquake zone where entire mountain buried a valley and formed a lake.
Aug 2021
Excellent visitor center and short trek up to huge boulders that landed across a valley after 7.3 earthquake lasting just 19 seconds. Good interpretive signs and spots to visit over an 8 mile trip along the road to Hebgen Lake from the Madison River valley. Great fishing in the area to judge from the many fishermen/women in the Madison and on Hebgen Lake.
Written 10 August 2021
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Mary Gree
Stafford, VA28 contributions
Beautiful and Fascinating Area
Jul 2021 • Couples
We went to this area on a whim and I am so glad. It has fascinating history and is absolutely gorgeous. Great place to picnic at the top as well. The film the Forest Service shows is very informative.
Written 15 July 2021
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DEBRA L
Parkland, WA407 contributions
Intriguing
Jul 2021
We went to the lake and info center. It's amazing to see the slide and watch the video about what happened the night that Earthquake lake was formed.
Written 14 July 2021
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Ladymich21
Norwalk, OH224 contributions
Glad We Stopped!
Jun 2021
On our drive to Yellowstone National Park, we stopped at Earthquake Lake and are glad that we did. The history and story of the lake are amazing, though scary. The fact that Yellowstone is basically a dormant volcano is food for thought, the fact that there are 3 major faults in the area, makes one wonder when the next catastrophe will occur. In August of 1959, the violent 7.3 quake completely changes the flow of the Madison River, creating Earthquake Lake. Highly recommend a visit here!
Written 27 June 2021
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA3,774 contributions
Lake of the Spectacular !!
Jun 2021
Check out the Earthquake lake and all of its rich history and the historical nature of itself. The views allow great photo opportunities and will not disappoint. There are so many things to see in Yellowstone, but try to stop by here.
Written 20 June 2021
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sherry s
3 contributions
Quick trip from west yellowstone
May 2021
I found this visitor center beautiful and very educational staff very friendly and helpful. I had no idea there had been an earth quake in 1959 or that an earthquake can cause this kind of a change in the environment. Movie showing devastation to area was very good.
Written 6 June 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA10,905 contributions
Picturesque lake west of Yellowstone
Sep 2020
This is a picturesque lake west of Yellowstone. We drove past it on our way back to Jackson.

There are several place to pull of for great photo opportunities.
Written 13 October 2020
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k p
43 contributions
Unusual local history
Sep 2020 • Friends
It's worth a visit to learn local history. If you can drive to the ghost village too (gravel road)
The gift shop was closed. The video was neat and the room it was shown in allowed you to see the sites they mention.
Written 25 September 2020
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