The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Mount St. Helens Visitor Center is on the west side of Mount St. Helens just five Miles east of the town of Castle Rock on State Highway 504 near Silver Lake.
The Center features walk-through interpretive exhibits and award-winning theater programs to educate the visitor on the tale of events that lead to the 1980 eruption.
A walk-through volcano model is popular with children of all ages. And a bookstore provides an opportunity to pick up more information on the St. Helens National Monument as well as books on flora and fauna local to the area and the Washington Cascades.
Nearby, a one-mile nature trail and the Silver Lake wetlands provide opportunities to observe waterfowl, wildlife and native vegetation against the backdrop of Mount St. Helens.
Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. 3029 Spirit Lake Highway, Castle Rock, WA 98611. Phone: 360-274-0962. (Operated by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in partnership with the USDA Forest Service.)
Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM from May 16th through September 30th. Open daily 9 AM to 4 PM from October 1st through May 15th. (The center is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays from January 1st through March 31st.) The center is closed: New Year's Day (Jan. 1), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19), Presidents' Day (Feb. 16), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), Thanksgiving (Nov. 26-27), and Christmas (Dec. 25).
Admission prices are:
Ages 6 and younger: Free
Ages 7 to 17: $1
Ages 18 and older: $3
Family: $8 (Two adults plus accompanying children)
Tour groups: $100 per bus
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...
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...
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...
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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