Mount St. Helens

Is it a mountain or a volcano?

Famous Facts

  • Mt. St. Helens is a young volcano located in southwestern Washington.
  • It stands between two great mountains called Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.
  • Recently the biggest eruption was on May 18, 1980.
  • Most people thought that this amazing volcano was a mountain resulting in many deaths, injuries, and loss of land.


Mt. St. Helens was once a snowy landscape with trees, lakes, valleys, and ponds. It was a great tourist attraction for the Spirit Lake. But, when the volcano erupted it covered the land with ash, tree limbs, and mud. Luckily, it was all replaced with beautiful greenery and new animals.
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A volcano is a hill or mountain with a crater. It can erupt spewing hot lava, volcanic rocks, ash, terrible gases, and hot vapor coming from the earths crust.
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Historical Information

  • Sometime in 1792, the name Mount St. Helens, was given to the volcano by Captain George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy seafarer and explorer. He named it in honor of a fellow countryman, Alleyne Fitzherbert, who held the title Baron St. Helens. Alleyne Fitzherbert was at the time the British Ambassador to Spain.
  • Mt. St. Helens was soon known as one of the most destructive volcanos in the United States.

Why should you visit?

Mount St. Helens is a beautiful landform where you can explore and learn all about its history. With a 8,363 foot elevation you could spend all day learning new things. Come to Mount St. Helens to see the beauty of this volcano, too!
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Best season to visit

Summer! During the summer Mt. St. Helens is a warm volcano with flowers and the brightest vibrant scenory