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Massive tragedy - almost 60 years later...

Worth taking a side trip to see a major geological tragedy - 60 years later. Big earthquake... read more

Reviewed November 26, 2018
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Interesting story

Just comes across this place as we were driving from Glacier a few years ago. We decided to visit... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
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Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
27 miles northwest of West Yellowstone and 44 miles south of Ennis, Montana on US Highway 287., West Yellowstone, MT
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Reviewed November 26, 2018

Worth taking a side trip to see a major geological tragedy - 60 years later. Big earthquake brought the side of a massive rock mountain on top of a summer campground / blocking a significant river and creating a new lake. Army Corps raced to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Drupa99
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Just comes across this place as we were driving from Glacier a few years ago. We decided to visit again this visit. It was closed for the season but if you know the story you can see everything you need to see.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lovethebeach87311
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Nice stop off, although turn-offs are the only option to stop and view the lake. It was a cloudy day and a pretty eerie scene (end of season too, so v quiet!!) - worth weaving into your route and the signs they have put up...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Although the tale of Earth Quake late is a sad one, it is educational none the less. Thankfully it's not an often repeated one. I found it eerie and haunting even from the roadway.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RainzQuill
Reviewed September 24, 2018

We stubbled across lake leaving Yellowstone on way to Ennis. The lake had lots of boats with people fishing. I wish I had more time to stop and explore the area.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TexasCouple_24
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

The formation of this lake was a result of a powerful earthquake in 1957. The visitor center has a very informative video about the earthquake and how the area was forever changed. The films includes clips and interviews of people that had been camping by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rileyfergie
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

When visiting Yellowstone try to find time for a drive along Highway 287 and the Hebgen and Earthquake Lakes. Various interpretive boards and short trails tell the story of the fateful night in 1959 when an earthquake caused a massive landslide which blocked the Madison...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RoverP
Reviewed September 19, 2018

Discovered this by accident a few yeaers ago. Great visitor center. I vaguely remember this devastating earthquake when I was about 21.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank justmiltnow
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Make sure you go to the Visitor Center, great views of the lake and very interesting exhibits. The short video of the history of the lake was great!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank E2460ITjackw
Reviewed September 15, 2018

My husband wanted to visit after being there decades ago. I was doubtful, but oh boy, so glad we took the drive. The magnitude of the event and the beauty that resulted from disaster and sorrow are mind blowing. I highly recommend.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kimberla F
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Response from W M | Reviewed this property |
There is a decent walkway to walk around and view the area. I don’t think you will have a problem except it is slightly uphill but there is also viewing from the parking lots. I don’t know for certain but I would think... More
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It is pet friendly, almost no grass for your pet and no shade at visitor center.