a

2017 Tour Schedule

We are very excited to announce our full tour schedule for the upcoming 2017 year! See below for scheduling, pricing, and additional details

While our exhibits tell the stories of our land and culture, we invite you to experience it for yourself through a guided tour. Our tour program is designed to enhance the museum experience by taking visitors out to see for themselves both natural and manmade artifacts and objects. Our tour schedule includes exciting and engaging tours through natural landscapes, wine country and the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor. Check our schedule for upcoming expeditions and call Sara at 509-943-4100 ext 108 or email at sarac@visitthereach.org to book your event today.

Payment in full is required by confirmation date. Full refunds will be given if canceled before the confirmation date. 20% of ticket cost will be withheld if cancellation occurs after confirmation deadline.

Tours are subject to change or cancellation if the minimum requirement of participants is not met by the confirmation deadline. In some cases it may still be possible to sign up for a tour after the confirmation deadline.

All tours will be escorted by a guide. Please plan on being 15 minutes early so the tour can depart on time. If you have any special diet requirements please let us know at time of sign up for the tour. No open alcohol on buses. All tours depart from The REACH unless otherwise stated.

All tours must be purchased through Sara, please call or email. The week of your tour you will be contacted by Cathleen the tour coordinator.

Cold War Bus Alphabet Houses Tour

June 10th, 2017
July 8th, 2017
August 12th, 2017
September 30th, 2017 9:30AM-12Noon

Learn about the history ABC houses in Richland. Richard Nordgren, historian, will narrate this tour.

Price: $30


(Leaves from the REACH)

Rock Hunting

May 27th, 2017 8:30AM-4:30PM

Spend a day looking for petrified wood with Andy Johnson, a lapidary and rock enthusiast. Out of the 25,000 acre Saddle Mountain Area, you will visit the low Saddle Mountains which rise gently above the Columbia River.

Price: $87

(Leaves from the REACH)

Wallula Gap Hike

June 3rd, 2017 8AM-5PM

Geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad leads this tour to Wallula Gap. There will be a 4-5 mile hike along the flood-sculpted western side of Wallula Gap to the Mounds Pond Overlook. Learn about ice-rafted erratics, spillover channels and other special features of the Ice Age Floods. Be sure to snap a photo of the 800 ft. tall cliffs of the Columbia River Basalt.

Price: $87

(Leaves from the REACH)

Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee

June 9th, 2017 8AM-5PM

Ice Age Floods expert Gary Kleinknecht leads this trip “upstream” to the Grand Coulee. Guests will visit the Othello and Drumheller Channels in addition to Dry Falls and its original plunge pool at Soap Lake. You will also see several other flood features.

Price: $87

(Leaves from the REACH)

Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods

June 16th, 2017 8AM-5PM

Ice Age Floods expert, Gary Kleinknecht, guides this tour of the remote and lesser known, southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands Tract. In the Palouse Hills or eastern Washington, the scablands feature many streamlined loess islands which are separated by scablands and coulees. Features include flood deposits at least 780,000 years old, Rock Lake, Big Cove Coulee and much more.

Price: $87

(Leaves from the REACH)

Jet Boat/Bus Tour along the White Bluffs to West Bar

June 23rd, 2017 8AM-5PM

Geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad narrates on a Columbia River Journey’s jet-boat tour from Richland to White Bluffs Ferry Landing. This tour Continues north by bus into the breathtaking, flood-carved Frenchman and Potholes Coulees. The final stop will be at Gingko Petrified Forest State Park after seeing the cliffs of the Columbia River Basalt, and West Bar Giant Current Ripples.

Price: $190

(Leaves from Columbia Point Docks by Anthony’s)

Meet the Farmer

June 30th, 2017 8AM-5PM

Meet the farmers that grow your food. This tour consists of going to four different farms that wheat, potatoes, corn, asparagus and a variety of other crops. Learn about irrigation, planting, growing, and harvesting. Chef David Harris will prepare lunch using locally grown produce.

Price: $90

(Leaves from the REACH)

Jet Boat/Bus Tour along Snake River to Windust Park/Palouse Falls

July 14th, 2017 8AM-5PM

Geologist-author, Bruce Bjornstad, leads this tour on the Columbia River Journey’s jet boat up the Snake River, through the locks of Ice Harbor to Windust Park. From here guests, will be transferred by bus to Palouse Falls via Devil’s Canyon and Washtucna Coulee.

Price: $194

(Leaves from Columbia Point Docks by Anthony’s)

Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods

July 21st, 2017 8AM-5PM

Ice Age Floods expert, Gary Kleinknecht, guides this tour of the remote and lesser known, southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands Tract. In the Palouse Hills of eastern Washington, the scablands features many streamlined loess islands which are separated by scablands and coulees. Features include flood deposits at least 780,000 years old, Rock Lake, Big Cove Coulee and much more.

Price: $87

(Leaves from the REACH)

Geology of the Mid-Columbia/Hanford Reach National Monument

August 5th, 2017 8AM-5PM

Geologist-author, Bruce Bjornstad, leads an all-day bus tour of the geology of the Pasco Basin and Hanford Reach National Monument. Featured are the Columbia River Basalt lava flows, Yakima Folds, Ringold Formation, Ice Age Floods and sand dunes that define the area.

Price: $87

(Leaves from the REACH)

Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features of Benton and Walla Walla Counties

August 19th, 2017 (8AM-5PM)

This full day tour is led by Gay Kleinknecht, Ice Age Floods expert and Education Director for MCBONES. Visit the working site where a 17,449 year old mammoth was discovered. Included will be a trip to Wallula Gap, Equatzel Coulee and Devil’s Canyon.

Price: $87

(Leaves from the REACH)

Tri-cities Geology Tour

August 26th, 2017 9AM-1PM

George Last explores the geology beneath the Tri-Cities. This tour includes exposures of the massive Columbia River Basalts, Yakima River deposits, and Ice Age Floods deposits. There will be a short 1.3 mile hike along the Yakima River Bluffs.

Price: $76

(Leaves from the REACH)

Vineyards/Winemaking

September 7th, 2017 8AM-5PM

Learn how wine is produced in the Yakima Valley AVA. Dr. Wade Wolfe, owner of Thurston Wolfe Winery, will lead the tour through the vineyards and explain the artistry of making great wine. Wine tasting and lunch will be served at the winery.

Price: $94

(Leaves from the REACH)

Hops to Bottle

September 16th, 2017 8AM-4PM

Visit the hops yards (fields), a hop drying plant, and Yakima Chief (YCH Hops) where hops are transformed into pellets and oils. Learn about beer making at several breweries, including lunch and a flight of beer and Snipes Mountain Brewery.

Price: $113

(Leaves from the REACH)

Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands and Palouse Falls

September 23rd, 2017 8AM-5PM

Ice Age Floods expert, Gary Kleinknecht, leads this bus tour from the REACH to the Hatton Coulee Rest Area. The tour includes Old Maid Coulee, Staircase Rapids, Washtucna Coulee, Palouse Falls, and Devil’s Canyon.

Price: $87

(Leaves from the REACH)