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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%
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Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
+1 360-274-0962
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Could use more components for younger children. Lots of information for adults to read. Maybe some things you push and it talks to you would make it better, there is one, could use more.

Thank F00d13MN
Reviewed 5 days ago

DH and I came to the visitors center and hiked one of the trails during our recent trip to Washington. The visitors center is really nice and has a good movie about the eruption. The mountain was out during our drive up but by the...More

Thank cardbucfan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped her before heading up towards the David Johnstone observatory, which is situated 40 miles up the highway. It was located a couple of minutes walk from our lodgings and has a large car park outside. As you enter there is a live streaming...More

Thank helenandpaul13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well laid out with excellent educational displays and videos. The view of the mountain was inspirational. We had visited the mountain in 1980 and again in 2005. Natures ability to recover is truly amazing.

Thank Roadtripsters2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

Forty miles before you can actually stand on Johnson's Ridge and see the mountain is this gift shop.It has videos running, pictures, explanations of the disaster, stories and samples of trees and rocks. The real center has all the same things but with a much...More

Thank RVJoe_10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of many stops to MSH on the west side. This one is the first and is run by Washington State Parks. Just stopped at the gift shop to buy a couple rings, we did not pay the $5 each to go in.

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The center was nice but I was surprised how outdated and faded the displays and movies were. The hiking path was nice but could have used signage.

Thank bmergirl62
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Mt. St. Helens NATIONAL PARK a couple of times. This trip I followed the signs and turned into the wannabe state park. When I finally got up to the payment counter I asked why they had changed. "We haven't. We're the State...More

1  Thank Ken R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great View, Great Hiking Paths, Great Movie Reasonable fee for the museum, moderate sized but good selection in gift shop area. There was one food vendor in the parking lot in the summer. Otherwise, there is no food or drink for miles.

Thank Kevin N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is a small visitors center in Castle Rock next to Parkers Restaurant where we stopped to buy souvenirs, and the lady inside told us about the large state park visitors center 5 miles away. We drove down easily enough, paid the entrance fee, visited...More

1  Thank Kay M
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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! 🍃
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