Wildflowers on the Monument
The Hanford Reach National Monument, like many deserts, is remarkably 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 variety of lomatiums.
NEW PHOTO GALLERIES! We've got most of the wildflowers you can find on the Monument in Photo Galleries on the main Monument web site. Just FOLLOW THIS LINK to get there.
Like the Monument's wildflowers, right now the signup for spring tours is dormant. However, we have tentative dates for the 2015 Tours: April 22 (morning and afternoon), April 24 (morning and afternoon), May 1 (morning and afternoon), and May 2 (morning and afternoon). We're also planning something new for this year—a wildflower photography tour with noted photographer John Clement on April 25. There will be a charge to recover some costs, and signup will be through the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center.
The 2015 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-February or March. Please check back then.