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Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

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Address: Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
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+1 360-274-0962
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This Forest Service facility gives an overview of Cascade Range volcanism...

This Forest Service facility gives an overview of Cascade Range volcanism and the events before and after May 18, 1980.

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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle
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The Power of Change

I very much enjoyed my time at Mt. St. Helens. The movie in the visitor center is worth watching (with a suprise twist at the end) The clouds were out the day I went and didn't... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 20, 2016
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Fort Worth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

I very much enjoyed my time at Mt. St. Helens. The movie in the visitor center is worth watching (with a suprise twist at the end) The clouds were out the day I went and didn't get to see all of her glory. But that did not diminish the beauty. My favorite part was the hike we took along the... More 

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

As a national park visitor center they should not be charging $5 a person to look at their displays. I understand that the state of Washington h this place, but they do have park rangers stationed there, so it should be run like a national park visitor center and be free for all. We did not enter.

Thank TheLongLongTrailer
Portsmouth, RI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Park service does a great job of explaining the volcanic event that occurred at Mt St Helens. The drive to the center is very interesting and the view you get of the mountain and surrounding area is amazing.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

The staff, maps, exhibits, and, especially the film make stopping here the best way to begin your visit to Mt. St. Helens. This center focuses on the history of the mountain and vocalic eruption. (You can skip the Scenic Views/Vistas along the way and make the Johnston Observatory your next stop.)

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

We read up about Mt St. Helens Information Center before we started our road trip up from Portland to Seattle. Don't miss out on this place!! It tells you so much information about past eruptions and the tragic day in May 1980! The view of the destruction zone of the mountain and crater was amazing and its still steaming on... More 

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Sacramento, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

Stopped here on our way to see Mt. St Helens. It was great to visit here first and learn about the eruption, especially for our children. So then as we continued the 50 mile drive up to the mountain, we all had a greater sense of the destruction done to the area we were driving through. There is a nominal... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

This place actually takes the time to bring out the history of Mt. St. Helens. I made it our first stop so we could get a feel for the entire trip that was surrounding this volcano. I didn't expect it would take very long but we spent some time in there looking, reading, and the movie was enlightening. My 4... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Beautiful setting with a good view of the mountain. An outstanding introduction to Mt. St. Helens with a good review of the geology, the history of the Mt. and the eruption with its aftermath. The staff was friendly and helpful despite a busy weekend.

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New albany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

My kids do the passport stamp and penny thing when we travel- we stopped at this visitor center and completed these tasks, bought post cards but chose not to pay and go through the exhibits, instead we headed to Johnson Observatory in effort to get a better view of the monument

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

The visitor centre is located on SR504 down at Silver Lake, almost 50 miles from the Johnston Ridge Observatory. It was really well set up with tons of information and a good video about the eruption as well. The front desk has a couple of interesting scientific papers about recent seismic activity from the volcano as it is going through... More 

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