We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Earthquake Lake

West Yellowstone, MT
Update attraction details
Type: Historic Sites, Bodies of Water
Description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
Write a Review

84 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    42
    28
    12
    0
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Fruita CO
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

A favored stop by geological field trips, Earthquake Lake is only one stop of many showing the tremendous changes made by the 1959 Hebgen Lake 'Quake. The Visitor Center sits atop the Slide (enough material to build a 2-lane highway to New York City piled there in less than a minute!) Exhibits do a great job interpreting the events of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mukilteo, Washington
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
26 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We had the choice of Gallatin Canyon or hwy 161 to Ennis as we drove back to Bozeman. Decided to drive along Earthquake Lake and found it to be a beautiful drive with fantastic views, especially as we drove down from the lake heading northwest.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Leduc, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We loved this location, it was really informative and very interesting. There are also a few geocaches around this area which made it extra fun. Definitely worth a visit!

Was this review helpful? Yes
rapid city, sd
Top Contributor
226 reviews 226 reviews
93 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The story behind this lake is what makes this interesting, and it is told well via turn outs with signs along the route. There is also a visitors center. Its a nice little side tour if you are visiting the area and have some free time.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Things have sort of grown over the cut in the mountain where the quake made the mountain slip, but still amazing geology.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montana
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

If you are coming to or from Yellowstone National Park through the West Yellowstone entrance, you can take a really beautiful route that goes past Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake on up to Ennis by taking the turn at US Hwy 287 to Ennis. Quake Lake is fascinating - a devasting earthquake but with acts of courage and heroism that... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mount Vernon, Washington
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Visitor Center was closed but the area is something to see and you can read about the tragedy happening here with this act of nature.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pineville, Louisiana
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Worth the drive! This is close to West Yellowstone and takes about an hour if you stop at the information sites.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The lake was very beautiful, especially with the mountains in the background. Be careful of where you turn off. The "Sleep interrupted" turnout is extremely scary because that was where there was a couple of people who were sleeping in a cabin that got crushed by the earthquake and they left it original! Meaning you can still see the cabin's... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Plymouth, Michigan
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

A VERY interesting story. Make sure to get a brochure and stop at all the marked turn-outs to learn more about the earthquake and maybe take photos. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. We saw mountain goats on the hillside in the middle of the day. There is a Visitor Center near the intersection of hwys 87 and 287.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Earthquake Lake also viewed

West Yellowstone, MT
West Yellowstone, MT
 

Been to Earthquake Lake? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Earthquake Lake, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing