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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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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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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 days 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!

Thank Tim L
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Reviewed 3 days 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 6 days 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 2 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a day trip to Mount Saint Helens to show the family what it looks like now after it's 1980 eruption.

Thank Harold W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the visitor center to the observatory center is about 1hr drive. Windy roads, large bridges and amazing views.

1  Thank Germaninswfl
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

short trails around visitor center, I was there during "off" season so it was quiet and less populated. Great place to visit during summer.

Thank Free Bales K
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

This is another must see if the weather is good and the clouds are high. There are a number of displays and things to see at this exhibition centre. It gives you great detail on the volcano eruption and the devastating effect it had on...More

1  Thank ANDY K
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

My boyfriend and I agonised over planning our Pacific NW road trip to include a trip to Mount St Helens or not, and I am SO glad we decided to. The drive up is long and very wiggly, but it's absolutely fascinating to watch the...More

1  Thank coolcaz
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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
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
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