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Johnston Ridge Observatory

24000 Spirit Lake Hwy, Toutle, Washington 98649 USA

“heart of the blast zone”

Located at the end of State Highway 504 (52 miles east of Castle Rock), in the heart of the blast zone, the observatory hosts interpretive displays that tell the biological, geological, and human story of Mount St. Helens.  Visitors to JRO can enjoy multiple award-winning films, listen to ranger talks, observe the landscape, purchase souvenirs, set off on a hike, or get a light lunch from the food cart.  Stay tuned for information on the summer 2013 Music on the Mountain series, three evening concerts to be held throughout summer at the JRO outdoor amphitheater (in partnership with the Cowlitz County Economic Development Council and the Mount St. Helens Institute).

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Reviewed by
kimicalwife

  • 17 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
August 09, 2014

What a neat place to learn about volcanoes with enthusiastic rangers. Walking tours and talks available.

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Reviewed by
Ulflindberg

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August 15, 2017
Rated 5.0

Fantastic place to view the mountain and great guides that tell the story

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Katelynn Matta

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May 19, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful, powerful views of the Mountain, and very friendly and helpful rangers. While it was busier than we were comfortable with, the bigger picture says it's wonderful that so many people are still interested in the stories Mt. St. Helens can teach us.

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MikeHale

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July 22, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great views, extremely helpful park ranges.

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FlowerFamily

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

Great place with helpful staff. (Bad cloud cover but you can't fight the weather!)

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