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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601
360-449-7800
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Amboy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Volcanos, National Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Description: This park is characterized by its dramatic landscape, the result of Mt. St. Helen's spectacular eruption in 1980.
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Rochester, Minnesota
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180 reviews 180 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We drove to Windy Ridge where you have a view of the eruption site, Spirit Lake and the total devastation. Hard to believe the eruption was over 30 years ago. On a clear day so you will also get views of Mt. Randall, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Ranier. Limited services on the ridge, but rangers do give talks about every... More

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seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Visitors, Center helps prepare you for the immensity of what happened and the miracle of renewal. Take time to see the shows and exhibits, all of them, and ask questions of the guides. Then go to the Johnston Observatory, not only to see the crater, if you are lucky, but also the miraculous surroundings. I wish we had taken... More

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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

You can see Gods power here. The views are breath taking. Be sure and pack a picnic lunch as there is just not much eating here.

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Keno, Oregon
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is amazing and awe-inspiring! On a previous trip I had stopped at a visitor's center a short distance off I-5, but had never gone all the way in to view the mountain close up. This time, we went the extra 40 miles to the closest viewpoint to the mountain, the Johnson Observatory. It was... More

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Florida
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited the Mount St. Helens Monument on 29 July 2014. It is a long drive, but scenic. The center is nice and the staff very friendly. We enjoyed one of the two movies. The screen lifts up to reveal a breathtaking view of the mountain. It is similar to the Fort McHenry movie at Baltimore. We had a very... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We had viewed Mt. St. Helens from airplanes both before and after its historic recent eruption but neither was as meaningful and humbling as the close up look at the devastation and the stories of those who lived through the actual event (some barely surviving) and those who died. The Johnston Ridge Visitors Center exhibits, the film, and the Ranger... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Beautiful! Watch the video in the theater and if you have the time listen to the ranger presentations out on the patio, they have a lot of additional information about the eruption. Well worth the long drive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Spent a good part of day here. We saw Mt. Hood the day before and would be seeing Mt. Rainier the next day. You can drive all the way to the Johnston Observatory without paying a dime. They charge $8 at the Observatory to poke around and view a movie that you could have seen at a previous stop. I... More

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very nice (long) day trip from Seattle to Johnston Ridge. The observatory is a great location to view the mountain and on a very clear day, you can see a lot. The educational programs offered by the forest service are quite informative and excellent for kids. If coming from Seattle, I would combine it with Fort Vancouver National Historical Park... More

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Gilmer, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was quite breathtaking, to be so close to something that created such a terrific explosion on May 18, 1980. The Observatory is only a few years old, but it offers you a breathtaking view of the mountain, a movie of what happened in 1980, a very nice Gift Shop and many demos and illustrations of volcanic activity. It is... More

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