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“Worth a detour.”
Review of Earthquake Lake

Earthquake Lake
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Owner description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
Reviewed 15 June 2010

If you are entering or leaving Yellowstone through the west entrance, this area is only about 40 minutes off the main highway. The drive from the south to the slide is through extremely scenic valleys with towering snow-capped mountains all around. There are several lakes on the way also. The drive from West Yellowstone is also attractive, passing Hebgen Lake and Dam, a big beaver pond, and lots of wildlife. There were bighorn sheep right on the road.

The slide area is dramatic and haunting. We were there the week before the visitor center opened for the season (you can still park in the lot and see the slide), so we were the only people there. The size of the slide is awe inspiring and frightening at the same time. It has a beauty all its own. There are two large lakes above the slide. The lake made by the slide itself and the one that existed before the slide above Hebgen Dam. There is a preserved area of destroyed highway and other displays along the scenic drive above the lake. The lake was still mostly frozen in late May.

Be sure to allow time to make this detour if you are passing this way. Even if you don't stop or get out of the car, the scenery and wildlife viewing is well worth it.

7  Thank davegidd
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Reviewed 11 June 2008

The drive from West Yellowstone is a nice one and if you are interested in geology or earthquakes, this is a very interesting place to visit.
There's an excellent Visitors Center with some very good displays about what happened and a short movie which really brings it all to life.
You have the ability to walk up the slide and see just how immense it was. You are also visiting a gravesite, as there were 19 people who's remains were never recovered.
Take a right out of the Visitor Center lot and drive down the hill toward the valley. It's very picturesque with the river running along side and the valley spead out in front of you.
You can also stop at Hebgen Lake & see some of the other damage from the quake, including "ghost village" and what's left of the old highway, which was displaced when the ground shifted.

5  Thank mortravel
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Reviewed 17 July 2006

We visited on July 7, 2006. We have been through the area before but never stopped at the Visitor Center. It had some fabulous displays and a great movie on the slide. There is a wonderful panoramic view from both inside and outside. There is a small bookstore inside. There is also a drive through the rubble from the slide with some informative signs along the way.

4  Thank msdj
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Reviewed 14 July 2003

Unbelievable sight as you round the bend and see where half of a mountain slid into the river. The color of the exposed core of the mountain are like nothing you will see. Be careful though, earthquakes here are still common. While I was gawking a rock fell in front of the car and blew out a tire. Bummer, but spare made it back to West Yellowstone. Nice visitors center! Light a candle for the camping families who lie under 250' of boulders. One of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

16  Thank Cybercraig
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Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile
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