St. Helens visitor center shuts for winter

Staff reportOctober 25, 2013 

The Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will be open through Sunday. After that, it will be closed for the winter.

ELAINE THOMPSON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE, 2010

This is the last weekend of the season to see the exhibits at Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The observatory will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sunday.

Located at the end of state Route 504 in the heart of the blast zone, the observatory’s interpretive displays tell the biological, geological, and human stories of Mount St. Helens. Visitors can watch multiple award-winning films, listen to ranger talks, observe the landscape or take a hike.

Visitors also can drive along Forest Service Road 99, which offers excellent views of the east side of Mount St. Helens, or stop by the Pine Creek Information Station on Forest Road 90 that’s open through Sunday.

For more information, go to www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens or call 360-449-7800.

Staff report

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