Johnston Ridge Observatory

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

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. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the volcano and crater or set out on a hike in the blast zone. In 2020, due to COVID 19, only a small portion of the lobby is open to purchase sales items, maps and passes. The display area and theater are closed.

Take Care of Your Pet and Help Protect the Monument!

A Big Brown Dog on the MonumentTo protect plant and animal life and provide for visitor safety, pets are prohibited at all recreation sites and trails within the Monument’s restricted area. View a general map. Pets are permitted only in designated pet areas and must be on a leash. Lack of shade and summer heat can endanger pets left in cars. For the safety and comfort of your pet, please arrange to leave your pet at home.

Contact any Mount St Helens office for information on where it is safe and legal to bring your pets.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: A small area of the lobby of Johnston Ridge Observatory is open. Sales items are available. No movie presentations. Porta potties in the parking lot. Masks are currently required to enter the building to help prevent the spread of COVID 19.
Operational Hours: Open 10 am to 6 pm, seven days a week. Only a small portion of the lobby is open (see Current Conditions). October 25 is the last day open for the 2020 season.
Fees No passes or fees currently required at Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Castle Rock, WA or Toutle, WA   Be aware the last gas stations on Highway 504 are in Toutle, WA and on Highway 505, are in Toledo, WA. No gas available at Johnston Ridge Observatory or Coldwater Science and Learning Center.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Yes during open hours
Passes: No passes or fees currently required.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information

Directions:

From Castle Rock, WA take State Route 504 east for 52 miles to Johnston Ridge Observatory at the end of State Route 504.


Accessibility:

The center has accessible parking, facilities, and trails. This is a great place for all visitors to enjoy what the monument has to offer.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.275554

  Longitude : 
-122.21606

  Elevation : 
4255 - 4214

 



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