View the lava dome and growing glacier from a visitor center overlooking the crater.
The Johnston Ridge Observatory is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.daily from mid May to the end of October.
Learn about the eruptions and rocks that formed Mount St. Helens and watch videos of scientists explaining amazing events and crater features.
Create your own individual or family-sized earthquakes and view them on digital and paper-drum seismographs.
Watch seismic traces unfold as you view animations of common earthquakes recorded at Mount St. Helens and feel their rumble on a touch pad.
Discover the wonder of amazing change as you view scientists’ photos and their stories of three decades of returning life.
Watch videos and view scientist’s photos in our online version of the Return to Life exhibit.
View the award-winning ‘Eruption of Life’ and ‘Message from the Mountain’ movies in the observatory’s state-of-the art HD surround-sound theater.
Learn how well-adapted lupine plants flourished and elk browsing on small trees is delaying the return of the forest to the valley in front of the crater.
WEB VIDEOS on the 1980 ERUPTION and RETURN OF LIFE