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Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is simply the best place to visit and understand the awesome power of Mt. St. Helens and to understand the reality of what happened, to see the way that nature is regenerating the landscape and to see the way the mountain itself is reforming Just amazing but be sure to go on a clear day,

Thank R0bAlex
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Always wanted to visit this site after grading countless case studies as a geography teacher (now retired) in the UK. Great view of the mountain itself and an understanding of the observatory and the role of David Johnston.

Thank Yorks-Rick-and-Sue
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We have enjoyed both our visits to this location. If there is a ranger program be sure to attend. You get a lot of facts on Mt. St. Helen's. There are plenty of trails to walk on around the observatory. If you have a National Park Pass you get into the observatory for free (even though this isn't a national park). Inside the observatory there are lots of exhibits and a movie. Very educational. When you hear the events of the eruption and see what happened it's kind of hard to comprehend. Definitely worth a visit both for the young and the young at heart. There is a gift shop with very reasonably priced items. I believe they sell snacks but not sure.

Thank Wanda R
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

We had planned our trip to the Pacific northwest for months and knew there had been smoke and haze in the area. So, I found out online that you can check the webcam from the visitor's center and check the view. We changed our visit to the end of our vacation in order to allow more time for the rain to clean the smoke out of the air. And, Mt St Helen's did not disappoint. It was lovely the day we were there. And, the JRO is very informative and enjoyable. We went through the exhibits and saw one of the films. We were pressed for time getting back to the airport in Portland, so we did not have time to hike. But, just seeing what we did and learning about the eruption, was amazing. If you have time, you really MUST drive all the way up so you can see the valley below and get the best angle on the crater. Wow.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Fantastic views of the 1980 collapse/eruption of the north side along with the regeneration and new lakes formed as a result of the eruption. The rangers do an excellent live program and have films of the event. A must see if you are in the Pacific Northwest.

Thank Denise B
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