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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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This Forest Service facility gives an overview of Cascade Range volcanism and the events before and after May 18, 1980.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
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Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
+1 360-274-0962
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

A visit to the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center is a good place to start your trip to Mt. St. Helens. You'll get some background history of what led up to the eruption of Mt. St. Helens back in 1980 before you drive up to...More

Thank JOregon_11
Reviewed 9 November 2017

highly recommend stopping here for trail info and history.it was beautiful and in a convenient location for heading out to johnson observatory

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 5 November 2017

So much more than a building. This huge centre has been tastefully built to look out on the volcano. We watched the video and then sat open mouthed as the screen lifted to show the volcano in all its glory. A wonderful teaching resource for...More

Thank Terry H
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Very interesting. It has phots, newspapers, mockups of the destruction, a short video of actual footage taken during the eruption. There is also a Learning Center that allows a closer look into the events of the eruption. Very interesting.

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Called in on way to viewing the summit and definitely a worthwhile experience explaining the 1980 eruption and its effects on the landscape as well as the human impacts. 3D walk in model of volcano was brilliant as well as seeing how the volcano is...More

Thank YorksRick
Reviewed 20 October 2017

I have mixed emotions about this one because we lost our home when the mountain erupted. It is a very, very deep sore!!

Thank Georgene Gaze B
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

This is the visitors center to go to. The exhibits are great and the view of Mount Saint Helens is incredible. I was confused by so many visitor centers but this is the one to visit! I highly recommend it!

Thank kpost100
Reviewed 19 October 2017

The interpretive centre is great to go through. The walk out into the wetlands was easy and fun. Mt. St. Helens was hiding in the clouds though and we were not able to see that. Lots of parking.

Thank Funnydogowner
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Have been wanting to come here for quite some time and I was not disappointed. We started the trip by overflying Mount St. Helens in my Cessna and then landing at the Kelso Airport. From there we went by car to the visitors center. Extremely...More

Thank vern C
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Views of this wonder of nature are spectacular, It gives you the true feeling of what mother nature can do, and yet it can be so beautiful.The visitor center outlines all that has happened on the mountain before the top blew off, and now,and is...More

Thank Timetravler2014
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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.
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! 🍃
30 September 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