Johnston Ridge Observatory

24000 Spirit Lake Hwy, Toutle, Washington 98649 USA

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Opens Mon 10a
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“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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Frank J.

I've been visiting Johnston ridge ever sine they repaired and re-opened the road up here several decades ago. There is lots of great information, exhibits, videos and more on the history of this... Read more

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Paul D.

A bit basic for interactive displays and heavy on education, but still a great stop when wanting to see the history of the Mount Saint Helens volcano. Read more

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Jim W.

First, some background. I am quite used to looking up National Parks or National Monuments under I initially assumed that Mount St. Helens would be listed in a standard way. I was... Read more

Johnston Ridge Observatory

24000 Spirit Lake Hwy
Toutle, Washington
98649 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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