Johnston Ridge Observatory reopens, but only for a limited engagement

AMBOY, Wash. - The Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens is open following its closure during the government shutdown, but it won't stay that way for long.

That's because the season ends Oct. 27. Still, that gives folks a window of opportunity.

"I'm pleased we were able to reopen the observatory and provide the public a chance to see it before we close for the season on the 27th," said Tom Mulder, Manager of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. "I highly encourage people to come and experience the wide variety of recreational opportunities the monument has to offer."

If you plan on going this next week, there are also some other recreational opportunities at the mountain. While there, you can tour the Forest Service 99 road, which gives views of the east side of Mount St. Helens, or hike through a lava tube at Ape Cave, for example.

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