The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center is located 43 miles east of Castle Rock on State Route 504 at an elevation of 3,250'/1,000m.
Enjoy panoramic views of the volcano, newly formed lakes, and the debris-filled Toutle River Valley.
The center includes interactive exhibits with an ecological focus, ranger-led programs, bookstore, gift shop and restaurant.
Discover how plants and animals, and even people, have re-colonized the blast zone via a video-wall theater program, interpretive exhibits, and nearby self-guided trail.
Open daily 10 AM to 6 PM May through October. Winter hours and days are reduced. Check website or call ahead before visiting November thru May. Phone: 360-274-2130.
Pets are not allowed at viewpoints or on trails.
A Monument Pass is required, and you can pick one up in the visitor center.
Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center. 3029 Spirit Lake Highway, Castle Rock, WA 98611. Phone: 360-274-2114.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
A Falcon Guide to Mount St. Helens: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors by Fred Barstad. This book is a comprehensive guide to this world-renowned attraction, with a close-up look at the destruction and recovery of the area. The guide includes detailed information on the natural and cultural history of the area, recreational opportunities, and historical, geological, and natural exhibits. Order now...
In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens by Charles Goodrich, Kathleen Dean Moore and Frederick Swanson. This book presents a cross-pollination of literary and scientific perspectives on the mountain's history of cataclysm and renewal. Discover the gifts of beauty, scientific illumination and of hope. Order now...
Portrait of Mount St. Helens: A Changing Landscape by Chuck Williams (Author) and Stuart Warren (Contributor). View the grandeur and the intimate detail of this beloved mountain as seen by 19th-century painters and pioneers as well as contemporary photographers. Order now...
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Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume II by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield. Features 100 routes, including top favorite sport and crag climbing areas. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, several with route overlays. Highlights fun, quality climbs for all skill levels. Order now...
Washington Off the Beaten Path, 9th Edition (Off the Beaten Path Series) by Chloe Ernst. This book features the unique things to see and do from quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions and unique finds to local dining. Travel off the beaten path for a one of a king experience. Order now...
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