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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
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+1 360-274-0962
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"johnston ridge"
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"actual footage"
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"learning center"
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"national park pass"
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"washington state parks"
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"short movie"
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"great information"
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"gift shop"
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"mother nature"
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"well worth the stop"
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"entry fee"
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"forest service"
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"worth the trip"
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"spirit lake"
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Reviewed yesterday

The Mt St Helens Visitor Center is just 5 miles off Interstate 5. The visitor center is operated by the state of Washington, national parks passes are not accepted. This center has exhibits and movies that are different (and worth watching and reading) from the...More

Thank ScubaEagle
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best to go during the week if you can to miss the crowds. Beautiful drive, parking is convenient and visitor centers are handicap accessible. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. Scenery is incredible and the drive was very pleasant. Pack a picnic to take...More

1  Thank Connie M
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely drive up to observation level and go inside to view exhibits. Walk the trails nearby and take in the incredible view. Plan on at least half a day or more. It’s worth it, especially on a sunny day.

Thank Susan H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Only 5 miles from I 5 freeway don't miss this very informative visitor centre. It's $5 dollars to get in, but there is a great film in the theatre shown at regular intervals about the Mount St Helens eruption. Lots of displays and news clippings...More

1  Thank David M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The view from the center is amazing. A must visit if you are in this part of Washington. The rangers are friendly and helpful and the presentations are very interesting. There are also several challenging trails to hike that leave from the trail head at...More

Thank Fab617
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Visitor Center is a nice place to start the trip up the mountain. There is a very good video and a lot of displays that are worth looking over. And... it's free!

Thank crangrammy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice view of the mountain without driving 47 more miles to the observatory. Nice trails are available to gain other views of the mountain. Rangers also conduct sessions explaining facts of the area. And, it is FREE!

1  Thank Tim L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many signs have missing words, are scratched up, difficult to read. Oh I wished people weren't so destructive but when they are, it would be nice if things were fixed. Very informative center - make sure you see the documentary. Takes about an hour in...More

Thank Mike5466
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the video's in the theater. one about the volcano itself and another one on the ecosystem recovery. Very interesting. There were many photo's and interviews from survivors and others. Very touching.

Thank lynncrist
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The day we set out to see the mountain it was cloudy, so no views, and the roads were still closed due to snow?!?!? It was memorial day weekend. How is it that there was still snow on the roads? We never did make it...More

1  Thank JenG1234
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Jules1206
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.
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tomorrowsantiques
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! 🍃
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tomorrowsantiques
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
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