Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

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.

Contact Information

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

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