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.
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson. Learn the history and science of one of the largest eruptions and the effects of the aftermath through personal stories and accounts of those caught in the disaster. Illustrations and maps enable a greater understanding of this tragic event. Order now...
Mount St. Helens 35th Anniversary Edition: The Eruption and Recovery of a Volcano by Rob Carson. Along with remarkable before-and-after images, this 35th-anniversary retrospective captures the human drama leading up to the eruption and two decades of subsequent scientific research of the amazing post-blast ecological recovery. Order now...
Day Hiking Mount St. Helens by Craig Romano and Aaron Theison. This Mountaineers Book features every trail within and around the monument. Hikes are arranged by regions with trail descriptions, directions to trailheads and difficulty ratings along with other useful information and photographs. Order now...
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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