It may be arid, but the Monument comes alive in the spring with wildflowers. Here are some of our most colorful.
Legend. Myths. Folklore. Bats figure prominently in our primal fears, the things that scare us in the chill dark of the night. Are we silly!
"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?'" – Aldo Leopold, Round River
Rare, Threatened or Endangered Species
The Monument is paradise for entomologists. Especially lepidopterans. You have to find out what that means.
What do visitors want to see? The White Bluffs, of course. Coyotes, deer and birds have their fans. But everyone wants to see the massive elk found here.
Hanford's Cultural Heritage
The history and cultural heritage of Hanford would fill several web sites. We've pulled together just a taste of what's to be discovered here.Cultural Resources
About the Complex
The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.
Hanford Reach is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Of Special Interest
- March 15, 2016
The deadline for submitting entries for the 2016 Jr. Duck Stamp contest is rapidly approaching. Are you a student in K-12? Do you have artistic talent? Care about wildlife? Looking for fame and fortune? Then you should at least take a look at entering the 2015 contest. And we would love to see winners selected from this area, painting the ducks found here. So, check this out.2016 Jr. Duck Stamp Contest
In winter, elk follow millennia of instinct and leave the Cascades for the lowlands of the Columbia Basin. Hundreds of elk can frequently be seen foraging along Highway 240 in the flats of the Rattlesnake Unit. While the movements of wildlife are never certain, watching the elk is popular, and the elk are seen frequently enough that the FWS has installed a pullout along Highway 240 to ensure public safety. If you go out there, take binoculars and spotting scopes. Remember: The Rattlesnake Unit is closed, so stay on your side of the fence. Besides, you don’t want to approach the elk out of respect for their winter energy needs and your own safety.Elk
Once a national wildlife refuge itself, Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge still exists, but as part of the much larger Hanford Reach National Monument.
Page Photo Credits Kangaroo Rat - Chuck & Grace Bartlett, Globe-mallow - Gordon Warrick, Little Brown Myotis - Ann Froschauer/FWS, Sage Thrasher- Tim Lenz, Monarch Butterfly - Jane Abel, Elk - Walmart, Elk In Snow - Cathy Haglund, Saddle Mountains - Rich Steele
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016