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Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Staying Inside - Enjoy Open Spaces

March 17, 2020

As the Tri-Cities community endures the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is important to seek opportunities to normalize life—at a safe distance, of course. The region’s open spaces provide travelers and locals alike the chance to enjoy sunshine, blue skies and connect with nature while limiting human interaction. Visit Tri-Cities has compiled a list of recreation areas where the outdoors may be best enjoyed.

Visit Tri-Cities encourages everyone to check the latest guidelines from public health authorities, as they are changing constantly.

For more outdoor activities in our area, browse: http://www.visittri-cities.com/what-to-see-and-do/recreation/outdoors/

Amon Basin:
Amon Creek and its associated wetlands and riparian areas provide a cool refuge for wildlife, including many bird species, beavers, river otters, jack rabbits and deer.

Audubon Nature Trail
Located along the Columbia River in Columbia Park, provides a leisurely, paved loop perfect for birding enthusiasts looking for an easy trek. The trail includes a nature pond for insect and fish identification.

Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve
One of the last remaining shrub-steppe habitats bordering the southwestern edge of Tri-Cities. Hike, mountain bike, or take a horseback ride up Badger Mountain, where spectacular vistas of Tri-Cities and Columbia, Yakima, and Snake river valleys can be experienced.

Bateman Island
Located on the Columbia River in south Richland. This remarkable island is classified as an Urban Watchable Wildlife Area. The public island is accessible via a small land bridge, with trails that make it easy to hike or mountain bike the entire island.

Candy Mountain
A small mountain located just outside West Richland. Candy Mountain rises above the Tri-Cities, located between Badger Mountain to the south and Red Mountain to the north.

Chamna Natural Preserve
A dog-friendly 276-acre park offering miles of trails for hiking, jogging, horseback riding and biking.

Howard Amon Park
A multi-use recreation area on the shore of the Columbia River in Richland featuring the Sturgeon’s Cove play structure and the paved Richland Riverfront Trail.  

Leslie Groves
Enjoy hiking and biking paths along the Columbia River, a playground and picnic sites.

McNary National Wildlife Refuge 
Depending on the season, visitors have excellent chances to view many species of mammals, songbirds, waterfowl, and migratory birds. More than 212 species of birds are regularly sighted at the Refuge, including several endangered species.

Rattlesnake Mountain
A windswept treeless sub-alpine ridge overlooking the Hanford nuclear site with an elevation of 3,527 feet.

Sacagawea Trail
The 23-mile bi-modal trail and all trail amenities enable all outdoor enthusiasts to experience an environmentally sound and unique shrub-steppe habitat and gain a greater awareness and appreciation for the experiences of the Corps of Discovery in the Mid-Columbia region.

Tapteal Greenway/Chamna Natural Preserve
A 30-mile corridor along the Yakima River with trails, interpretive kiosks, signage, and trail maps.

The Wallula Gap (near Pasco)
One of the most significant natural features in the story of the Ice Age Floods. 

WSU Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
An ongoing project of the master Gardeners of Benton and Franklin Counties. The garden features more than 24 distinctive and ever-changing theme gardens, 50 trees, 800 roses, 100 shrubs, and a children’s garden at the serene 2-acre site.