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Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
+1 360-274-0962
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Private Mount Saint Helens Monument Day Trip
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle
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This Forest Service facility gives an overview of Cascade Range volcanism and the events before and after May 18, 1980.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
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Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
+1 360-274-0962
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I keep coming back for more. Been here several times. We love bringing people here who have not been here before.

Thank dougtez
Reviewed 4 days ago

We started our three week road trip from Seattle to San Francisco to see the National Parks with Mt St Helens. We had seen Mt Rainier and Olympic National Parks last summer. I really disliked the feeling of Mt St Helens. This visitor center closes...More

Thank IowaMum
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Several Trails close to the Visitor Center. You can watch two 15 minute movies as well inside the Visitor Center. Plenty of parking.

Thank JJ B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The facilities here are definitely older than the movie and facilities at Johnston Ridge, but we enjoyed the movie here more. They also had an art show by local artists that we enjoyed a lot.

Thank Nathan B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the stop see the movie at the visitor center. The view of the mountain is spectacular . The ride up to the center is a wonderful twisty ride with lots of view points.

Thank fransmitj
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at the visitor center, which is 5 miles off of the highway. We thought maybe that was all we would do, but had time and decided to take the ~ 1hr. drive up to the monument closer to the mountain. We are very...More

Thank caryon1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very centre with lots of good information and displays about Mt St Helen's. That said, in order to see Mt St Helen's close up, you need to drive for about an hour up the road to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Lots of the information...More

1  Thank Michael2810
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The movie explains a lot about the eruption of Mt St Helens and gives a look at the people in the story. The exhibits and huge topographical model of Mt St Helens are also educational and worth a look. A great first stop on the...More

Thank joefromcincy1961
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I started my visit here and there is a lot to see and do to plan your visit, it is a one hour drive back to the Observatory from the visitors center and well worth the drive. There is a short looping movie that is...More

Thank SharieN_13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

By the time you get done at the center you will fully understand what took place not only on the day of the eruption, but what lead up to it and the Mountains history over the last several centuries. The cost is minimal and the...More

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18 June 2017|
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Response from mimitosix | Reviewed this property |
We drove to Mt St Helens from Portland as that is where we were staying. The observatory is the place to get the best view and information about the eruption!!! Hope it works out for you.
1 October 2016|
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Response from faecanuck | Reviewed this property |
If you have time, of course, continue on! The road is the best part! 🍃
1 October 2016|
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Response from Sharon K | Reviewed this property |
Depending on your age and stamina, I would suggest leaving Everett very early in the morning to avoid Seattle/Tacoma traffic (you probably know how bad it can be.) As suggested, maybe skip the visitor's center and drive on... More