“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).
What a neat place to learn about volcanoes with enthusiastic rangers. Walking tours and talks available.
Breathtaking. The drive to the Observatory is beautiful. Stop often and take in the scenery.
Fantastic place to view the mountain and great guides that tell the story
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.
Great views, extremely helpful park ranges.
Great place with helpful staff. (Bad cloud cover but you can't fight the weather!)
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Johnston Ridge Observatory
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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