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Earthquake Lake

West Yellowstone, MT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Bodies of Water
Description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Who would have thought that this could happen? But it did and I would highly recommend visiting and learning about it. To see the side of a mountain laying in the valley and what it created was spectacular but rather unfortunate for those who perished. I will never be able to camp again without thinking of this event again.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Imagine that your family and you are fast asleep in your sleeping bags only to be awoken by the earth shifting so dramatically that everything around you is in a different place. That's precisely what happened to the campers at Quake Lake. We got an idea of how insignificant we are in the face of nature.

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Houston, TX
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

On our last day of vaca, we opted out of touring N Yellowstone to do the full geologic tour of Earthquake Lake & what a great choice that was. I was saddened but completely enthralled as we stopped @ each point to hear about what happened @ that exact location on that fateful nigth & to actually SEE where the... More

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
31 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The visitors center was under extensive renovation when we were there in October of 2013 but that did not detract from the beautiful Lake just a few miles from West Yellowstone. We visited before and after a significant snow. The Lake was beautiful surrounded by the snow covered mountains. It was interesting to read about how the lake was created... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We Love The Quake Lake area. We were sure glad we made that trip. It is amazing what you will learn about the history this place has and how it all happened. It is a must place to visit if you happened to visit the Yellowstone National Park. Beautiful place and beautiful Visitor Center as well. You will learn some... More

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West Yellowstone, Montana
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Visitor Center is amazing. It is bland new and hasn't been open long. They have done an amazing job with their information about this huge event that occurred back in the early 50's. While there take the time to watch the movie and also drive or hike up to the top overlook. It is a breathtaking view. If you... More

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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We are from the San Francisco area and have experienced earthquakes. Unbelieveable what THIS earthquake did to change the whole area!

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Lexington, Kentucky
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A stop at Earthquake Lake (locals just call it Quake Lake) is worth the 15 minute detour when exiting West Yellowstone or Big Sky. The story of the lake's overnight creating is as incredible and heartbreaking as any Hollywood disaster movie. The visitor center is top-notch and road side signage tells the story in bits and pieces at the location... More

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Fort Calhoun, NE
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It was a very nice visitor center. I had never heard of the earthquake. It was very humbling to stand there and see what can happen in a matter of minutes. Don't miss the video they show about the earthquake and landslide. I am so glad we stopped there and visited. We made the rest of our group go and... More

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Brunswick, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It was cool for kids to see the aftermath and rejuvenation that occurred after a natural disaster. Historic flare, disastrous destruction turned to a preserved spot of beauty.

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