Washington Nature February 28, 2022
The View From This Little-Known Overlook In Washington Is Almost Too Beautiful For Words
If you’ve ever stood at the top of the Diablo Lake Overlook in the North Cascades, Hurricane Ridge, or Palouse Falls, you already know what an absolutely breathtaking—and geographically diverse—state we live in. But if you’re not familiar with the views from Dry Falls, you’re really missing out. Come see why this is one of the most underrated parts of the Pacific Northwest.
You'll find Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park just outside of Coulee City in Grant County.
This is an under-utilized part of the state, even for those who call Eastern Washington home.
Many, many years ago (around 15-20,000, give or take a few), some Ice Age floods carved out a massive waterfall here.
The flooding put parts of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon under hundreds of feet of water in just a few days, greatly enlarging the Grand Coulee and Dry Falls area.
The former waterfall was once four times the size of Niagara Falls.
But today, it's a 3.5-mile-wide chasm of basalt with a 400-foot drop.
A small overlook takes you to the edge, allowing you some stunning sweeping views ...
... and we highly recommend you take them all in.
This is one of the most extraordinary landscapes you'll find along the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail.
You can learn all about Dry Falls at the Dry Falls Visitor Center, which features indoor exhibits highlighting the Ice Age and early human history in the area.
The Visitor Center is open May - October. Sometimes, they even offer guided tours.
This part of Washington has a unique, rugged beauty we can all appreciate, especially when we learn about the wild way Dry Falls was formed.
History buffs and geology lovers tend to appreciate this place the most.
Have you ever seen Dry Falls in person?
Address: Dry Falls, Washington 99115, USA