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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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Address: 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601
Phone Number: 360-449-7800
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This park is characterized by its dramatic landscape, the result of Mt. St....

This park is characterized by its dramatic landscape, the result of Mt. St. Helen's spectacular eruption in 1980.

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It is possible to visit Mount St Helens NVM from either the northeast, Randle to Windy Ridge via NF-26 and NF-99, or from the western side, Castle Rock to Johnston Ridge... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Avon, Ohio
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Indianapolis
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

And to think, Mount St. Helens once looked a lot like Mt. Rainier?! We were so impressed and humbled to see what devastation can come from even a small scale mountain - and within our lifetime.

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is possible to visit Mount St Helens NVM from either the northeast, Randle to Windy Ridge via NF-26 and NF-99, or from the western side, Castle Rock to Johnston Ridge Observatory via Hwy 504 which is also known as Spirit Lake Memorial Hwy. We chose the latter as it provides the better view of the crater, assuming cooperative weather,... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

A must see if in the area. The monument pays homage to those that perished in the geologic catastrophe of 1980. There are several interactive geologic tools for both children and adults.

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anacortes, wa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Having lived in Washington state the day this volcano erupted, I've wanted to see this monument since it was built. We finally drove there a few months ago & it's definitely worth the drive to the Information Center. DO spend the time to watch the movie presented; the finale is awesome when they part the curtains and you are looking... More 

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Jericho, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The long road trip to the Monument was time well spent. Even though we did not get to see the top of the mountain due to a cloudy day, it was very enjoyable. The visitor center is a must see providing many answers and relating personal experiences on the day of the volcanic explosion. There were naturalists and guides available... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

It's a great place to visit. We drove from south from Newcastle, WA for 2.5 hours. I would recommend visiting it in early spring when the snow has still not melted, it adds more drama if you like taking photos. Peak summer the snow melts and the mountain looks kinda sad and barren.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

It's well worth spending at least a day here. Makes you think how vulnerable we are to nature's catastrophic events. We only visited the area around the Johnston visitor center, named after the volcanologist that died there when St Helens erupted. There are guided hikes, ranger programs and movies that show what happened when the mountain erupted in 1980. One... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We try to visit Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument once a year to take stock of the remarkable, ongoing healing of this area since the cataclysmic eruption in 1980. Since then, the USG has built a new 52 mile well-paved road system and three learning centers. These roads are a joy -- well sited, higher up in the valley... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Just went up to Windy Ridge to view the open crater and Spirit Lake as it has been for 35 years. The road wasn't the best, some spots that are falling off the side of the cliff, made driving nerve wracking! But even on a cool, cloudy, damp day that view is awe inspiring. The memories come flooding back of... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My friend wanted to show me Mt. St. Helens. She decided that seeing the eruption side would be best as it shows more of the character of the mountain and displays why it is so well-known - the eruption. It's a bit of a drive up to the visitor center at top, but the views along the way are pretty... More 

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