Erupting with beauty, Mount St. Helens renews life among the ashes

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Mount St. Helens Oregon ToursIt’s been decades since Mount Saint Helens blew its top. For those old enough to remember the event it was all at once frightening and amazing yet saddening to see how the landscape changed and, in many cases, was decimated. Ash spewed for thousands of miles and everyone wondered what would remain of former splendor of the area.

These days life goes on in the area around Mount Saint Helens yet there are still remnants of that fateful day, side by side with new growth and new hope.

Take a Mount Saint Helens Volcano Tour and learn about the blast zone, the mudflows, pyroclastic flows, biological regeneration and the largest avalanche recorded by man.

With Eco Tours of Oregon, you’ll tour in a small groups  and journey alongside the Columbia River learning about the geological forces which created Mount Saint Helens and the other Cascades Mountains.

Travel up the North Fork of the Toutle River with stops along the way to view two-mile remnant mudflows and debris. As you enter the “lateral blast zone” you’ll see the shattered trees and stumps covering hillsides where 600 mph super-headed winds decimated everything to the north  up to 17 miles away.

Incredible photo and viewing spots can be seen from the new road, which was built 3,000 feet above the valley floor in anticipation of future eruptions. But the highlight of the tour is the Johnston Ridge Observatory, where you’ll watch a 20 minute film on the events leading up to the volanco’s great eruption. From the observatory you’ll have a superior vantage point to witness the active volcano. Before your tour ends you’ll get the chance to take a walk and witness first hand the regeneration of the forest.

See the results of the power of nature and the beauty of the cycle of life with Eco Tours of Oregon.

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