In 1959, Anita was a 12-year-old girl, curious to see Yellowstone National Park on a summer family vacation. “At 11:37 p.m. August 17 the Painter family and other nearby vacationers are shaken in the night by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that sends eighty million tons of earth sliding down the mountain toward them.” ~ Excerpt, Shaken in the Night. This massive earthquake triggered a landslide forever changing the lives and the landscape. Today 45,000 people visit Earthquake Lake Visitor Center annually to learn more and explore.
Earthquake Lake Visitor Center is located at the west end of Earthquake Lake, 27 miles northwest of West Yellowstone, 99 miles southwest of Bozeman on Hwy 287. For more information on the Visitor Center call 406-682-7620. The Visitor Center is open daily throughout the summer, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through September 14, 2014.
For general information on the Custer Gallatin National Forest visit online at www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin or www.fs.usda.gov/custer, or like and follow us on Facebook – The Forest Service – Custer Gallatin National Forests or on Twitter: @Gallatin NF