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Address: 27 miles northwest of West Yellowstone and 44 miles south of Ennis, Montana on US Highway 287., West Yellowstone, MT
Phone Number: 4066827620
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Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.

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Beautiful, worth the drive.

So quiet and beautiful, worth the drive. Must read the history of the 1959 earthquake prior to the visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So quiet and beautiful, worth the drive. Must read the history of the 1959 earthquake prior to the visit.

Thank Vianna803
SE Idaho, United States
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

You can see trees and cabins underwater which were covered when a massive earthquake changed the landscape of the area in a dramatic way. There is a very nice Visitor's Center.

Thank Sherry T
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We arrived before the visitor centre was open, so we drove up to the high view point, which gave spectacular views. A short, steep walk from here takes you to the memorial plaque. We returned to the visitor centre and watched a short film on the events that had occurred. Nature can be cruel sometimes and people paid the highest... More 

Thank phil52_10
Big Bear Lake, California
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

First, make sure to go to the Earthquake Lake Visitor's Center to learn about how this lake was formed following a massive earthquake and the "night of terror" in 1959. Stay for the excellent film that plays throughout the day. THEN, kayak the lake. Back where the Madison River empties into the lake there is a virtual bird sanctuary, not... More 

Thank Kimberlee K
Kensington, Maryland
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64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Suddenly we saw dead trees coming out of a lake and stopped for a closer look. We read the historical marker and learned about an earthquake in 1959. Sad history, but a beautiful lake.

Thank photobug429
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This is a piece of Montana history that is often forgotten - a huge earthquake, tragic loss of life and still a huge scar on the mountain. The visitor center is only open during the summer but there are a number of signs that convey the story. It only takes a minute to drive up to the overlook too, with... More 

Thank Tim B
Umatilla, Oregon
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

A really neat place to see. Worth the trip. The weather can be unpredictable. It snowed on us and it was early september. Lower levels were in the 70s so the elevation in this location is pretty high. Beautiful area with an amazing earthquake story

Thank tweal
Tampa, Florida
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80 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

While on the road from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone, MT for a visit to Yellowstone, we saw the visitor center for this attraction and swung in. We were not previously aware of the earthquake which caused the massive landslide in 1959 - nor the impact it had on the nearby dam and some of the thermal features in... More 

Thank dbhIII
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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102 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Wow! What an experience to see this piece of history! The visitor center was closed which was a disappointment! We were there in mid September but a lot of attractions close after Labor Day. Just reading the signage and seeing this lake was worth the time.

Thank Oniedu
Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Very interesting bit of history that I had missed.... the huge earthquake of 1959. Beautiful scenery too!

Thank Becky S

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