Hanford: Ride with a Ranger

A woman in uniform on a bike wearing a helmet leads a group of adults and children riding bikes on a sunlit paved path.
Explore local history and nature on a bike!

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Manhattan Project National Historical Park partners with the REACH Museum, Bike Tri-Cities, and other local organizations to host Ride with a Ranger programs twice a year. Ride with a Ranger is an 8-mile (12.87 km) slower-paced interpretive bike ride along the Sacagawea Heritage Trail from Columbia Point Marina Park to the REACH Museum in Richland. At the REACH Museum, participants have the opportunity attend a ranger program about the Manhattan Project at Hanford, enjoy hands-on activities, walk the Energy Northwest Animal Trail, and explore indoor museum exhibits.

Dates & Times

These programs will be offered in once in the spring and fall starting at 9:00 am Pacific time. Meet at the Columbia Point Marina Park by 8:30 am to check in and be ready for a 9:00 am departure. 

Details for 2024 (subject to change): 

Saturday, April 13 (new route coming soon!)
Saturday, September 28

Route Information

Spring route: coming soon!

Fall route: It is an 8-mile (12.87 km) round-trip ride from Columbia Point Marina Park to the REACH Museum. There will be two stops along the paved route on the way to the museum. The bike ride will arrive at the REACH Museum by 10:00 am. Participants will have one hour at the REACH Museum. At 11:00 am, participants will have the option to ride back to the start of the route with the rangers or return to Columbia Point Marina Park on their own at any time. Transportation back to the starting point will not be provided. 

 

Safety

To ensure the safety of all participants, riders will
  • Wear a helmet. Helmets are required for any riders under the age of 18.
  • Register with a friend. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Be able to go the distance and keep pace with the group. Children must be able to ride 8 miles independently or be in a carrier. We recommend age 7 and up. If younger, we suggest a trailer or a tagalong. 
  • Be prepared to be outside for several hours and dress appropriately for the weather. Close-toed shoes, long pants, jacket, and gloves as appropriate for the weather are recommended. 
  • Bring water and snacks to make sure you have enough energy to complete the ride. Food is not provided or available for purchase during the event. 

Reservations & Groups

Registration is required to participate in this event. "Walk up" participation is not allowed. Event registration opens a couple weeks prior to the event and closes a couple days before the event. Groups are limited to 8 participants to ensure many individuals and families can participate. If you have a larger group that would like to register, please send your request to mapr_information@nps.gov

Additional Information

Participants must provide their own bike, helmet, and any additional gear needed including child carriers. Several days before the ride, a basic maintenance check is recommended to make sure bikes are ready for the ride. Check the brakes, tires, tire pressure, and lube the chain.  

Accessibility Information

The Sacagawea Heritage Trail is paved, mostly flat, well-marked, and away from public roadways. Visitors can walk, run, bike or wheel on this trail.

Sign language interpreters are available for ranger programs with two weeks advance notice. This length of time and specificity is needed because we contract for this service. Please email the park at mapr_information@nps.gov for more information and to request this service. 

 

Last updated: January 27, 2024

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Mailing Address:

Manhattan Project National Historical Park
c/o NPS Intermountain Regional Office
P.O. Box 25287

Denver, CO 80225-0287

Phone:

Hanford: 509.376.1647
Los Alamos: 505.661.6277
Oak Ridge: 865.482.1942

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