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 Monument may be the only national wildlife refuge in the country that has an obligation to not only protect living wildlife, but also that long since dead.Paleontology
The Umtanum desert buckwheat and White Bluffs bladderpod were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act on December 20, 2013. As part of the listing, 344 acres of protected critical habitat were designated in Benton County for the Umtanum desert buckwheat and 2,033 acres of critical habitat in Franklin County were designated for the White Bluffs bladderpod. Both plants were discovered during a 1995 botanical survey of the Hanford Reach and are not known to exist anywhere else in the world.Rare, Threatened or Endangered Species
Want to see more animals on your trip to the Hanford Reach National Monument? Here are some tips from the "experts."Watching Wildlife
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: Jun 24, 2015