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Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park

34875 Park Lake Rd NE, Coulee City, Washington 99115 USA

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“3.5-mile-wide chasm of basalt”

In the heart of the Grand Coulee lies one of the natural wonders of North America — the Dry Falls cataract. This 3.5-mile-wide chasm of basalt, with a drop of 400 feet, was left high and dry thousands of years ago as the last of several Ice Age floods swept through the Grand Coulee. This is one of the most extraordinary landscapes to be found along the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail. Begin your journey with a visit to the historic Vista House Overlook, which offers panoramic views of Dry Falls. Watch for wildlife, the plunge pools surrounding this dormant Ice Age waterfall are now home to a series of tranquil groundwater-fed lakes, an oasis for wildlife and wildlife viewing. Next door you will find the Dry Falls Visitor Center, home to a wide range of indoor exhibits highlighting the Ice Age and early human history of the region. The center also features a comprehensive bookstore — a must stop for those looking to learn more about the Ice Age floods story. After visiting the center, explore the Dry Falls landscape by car, on foot or by boat. Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking more than 15 miles of trails, participating in interpretive programs, camping, boating, golfing and wildlife viewing.

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Anna Hider

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September 03, 2014
Rated 5.0

I know a dried up waterfall sounds pretty dull, but the views from the cliffs are amazing!! The interpretive center is excellent as well. Really puts how massive this thing was in perspective.

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June 10, 2014

This place is amazing! Think Niagara Falls with no water. The picture they have does not capture how interesting this place looks. Go see it!

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Sarah Race

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August 12, 2016
Rated 5.0

The Sun Lakes-Dry Falls was a one of my favorite highlights of the road trip! The view is unbelievable, the rock formations are unbelievable, the size is unbelievable and it is just plain breath taking. Photos honestly do not capture it's scale . It is the largest waterfall that no longer exists and worth the detour.

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April 07, 2016

Beautiful! Totally worth the short detour from Highway 2. The kids loved it too. We would love to come back and stay longer.

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June 03, 2015
Rated 5.0

Park Lake is amazing slimming location. If you can bring jet ski or boat with you - do it.

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