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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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Death of a valley

This is truly an amazing place. It's has an feeling and mystery and death. Seeing the reminents of dead trees and the bmud filled lake is sad. You can drive by on your way to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is truly an amazing place. It's has an feeling and mystery and death. Seeing the reminents of dead trees and the bmud filled lake is sad. You can drive by on your way to West Yellowstone, it it's too far out of the way.

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Lakeside, Mt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was snow covered when I saw it. But I was living in Mt and remember it and the pictures falling off the walls.

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Jackson, Wyoming
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374 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

And full of surprises. Everything seems still and placid, until it isn't. This greater Yellowstone region was created by massive upheavals that still ripple in effect across the landscape and will again. Dr. Bob Smith of the U. of Utah and the Yellowstone volcano observatory observes that this is one of the most geologically stressed regions on the continent. At... More 

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Thank jesse o
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

What a great spot. Also called "Quake Lake." Not only is it naturally beautiful, but it's an amazing example of the power of Mother Nature. This is on the way to Yellowstone, and I'd highly recommend a stop. There's a visitor center with sweeping views of the Madison Valley and the lake caused by a massive earthquake in 1959. The... More 

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Thank ClintPage
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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

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SE Idaho, United States
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25 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.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 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 

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Big Bear Lake, California
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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 

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Kensington, Maryland
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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.

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews
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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 

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