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
The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center is (finally) open! It's a big win for the community and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Reach tells the stories not just of the Hanford Reach National Monument, but of the community. For such a small community, the number, intensity and fascinating detail of the stories found here is amazing. But it’s the Monument and the Columbia River that tie everything together at The Reach, and it's there that is the focal point to telling the tales of both.The Reach
A tour of the B Reactor on Hanford provides telling glimpses into our history, testaments to what we can accomplish but also to a darker history. Now, you can explore that history from the comfort of your home. While nothing can supplant the feeling of standing in front of the face of the reactor—and we encourage you to sign up for one of the many tours run by the Department of Energy—if you can’t visit in person, you can ‘visit’ the B Reactor through a new web site, Ranger In Your Pocket. While really designed to supplement an actual tour—the Atomic Heritage Foundation the Ranger in Your Pocket program to play videos or audio on the smart phones they bring on tours—the site works just as well to provide you a tour from. The program displays like an app on phones or tablets, but it was designed as a website to avoid taking up memory on personal devices. So, if you can’t visit the B Reactor in person, this is a great alternative.Ranger In Your Pocket
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, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, Saddle Mountains - Rich Steele
Last Updated: May 15, 2014