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.
A Falcon Guide to Mount St. Helens: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors by Fred Barstad. Exploring Mount St. Helens is a comprehensive guide to this world-renowned attraction, offering a close-up look at the destruction and remarkable recovery of the area. The guide includes detailed information on the natural and cultural history of the area; recreational opportunities, including 23 hiking trails; 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. These writings will startle readers with new recognition of the matchless gift Mount St. Helens makes to our region and the world: the gifts of beauty, of scientific illumination, 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...
Day Hiking, South Cascades by Dan Nelson. Introducing next-generation trail guides for the Northwest. More day hikes, with options for extending the trip; hike selection conveniently arranged by highway and travel corridors; more hikes close to urban centers; more year-round hikes at low elevation; clear driving directions; a portable size; and more use of color. Order now...
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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