Wildflowers on the Monument
The Hanford Reach National Monument, like many deserts, is remakably colorful in the spring and early summer. The rains and snows of winter and spring bring hundreds of species of flowering plants to life, painting the desert with whites, yellows, purples, blues and even some reds. Big and showy are the lupine and balsamroot, but a closer examination of the landscape shows the subtle colors of Piper's daisy and a wide variaety of lomatiuams.
Like the Monument's wildflowers, right now the signup for spring tours is dormant. The 2014 round of tours will be through a lottery, so you'll have plenty of time to enter when the lottery opens next spring, likely in mid-March. Please check back then.