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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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Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Overlooking the Mt St Helens volcano that blew in 1980. You can observe the growth of the majestic volcano since the catastrophic eruption of approximately 40 years ago! You can observe the effects of the mind boggling power released and the deadly consequences to plants,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David P
Reviewed March 9, 2019

It is a fairly long drive to get to the Visitors Center but, well worth it. This was our first time to visit this area to see Mt. St. Helens and I have to say we were awestruck the entire time there. We arrived just...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Richard F
Reviewed February 19, 2019

Got there in time to see the movie, kids wanted to watch it twice. Very interesting displays of the damage that was done during the eruption and flooding afterwards. The only word to describe it is "WOW" Also has trails to walk around, with views...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mamahart7
Reviewed February 8, 2019

This centre was very warm and welcoming on a very cold day. It was most informative about the area pre and post the Mt St Helens eruption of 1980. I particularly enjoyed the short movie they showed and only wished I could have purchased a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dccollyer
Reviewed December 19, 2018

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The attendants were helpful, and the movie was informative. The center is definitely dated but if you are waiting for another 'big one' then, why remodel. Would definitely recommend visiting to grasp the magnitude of Mt. St. Helens.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018

Definitely see the movie. The exhibits are pretty good but it gets very crowded. You can hike as much as you want with a permit, otherwise you are limited. Don't miss out on the hikes lower down. The hummock trail is easy, about 3 miles,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LouK2
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

While heading to Oregon, we passed the sign for the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. It was just 5 miles off the interstate and worth the visit. We walked through a well designed exhibit explaining the 1980 eruption and its impact. Our daughter was able...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 26, 2018

This is not the NPS site, but the state of Washington park. Has a movie and exhibits about the eruption. Could use a little updating. You can see the mountain in the distance, but need to drive another 50 - 60 miles to get a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Richard R
Reviewed November 1, 2018

While this is one of the few visitor centers where they charge admission, it is good to see that the money goes toward some great exhibits, however. The learning/education/history you get here is well worth the price.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gafilpoo
Reviewed October 24, 2018

This is a Washington State Park at the bottom of Mt St Helens. Out of state tourists have to pay a $5 admission fee. Very nice facility with lots of information on the eruption of MSH. A very compelling film is shown often. We would...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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August 10, 2018|
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
It is more suitable for adults and certainly your 7 year old child may get some enjoyment but not the other 2
June 17, 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.
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Response from faecanuck | Reviewed this property |
If you have time, of course, continue on! The road is the best part! 🍃