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Dry Falls State Park
Copyright: - Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Dry Falls State Park
Description - The formation of Dry Falls has a rich history beginning during the Miocene time. Today the traveler sees numerous coulees and small lakes as well as the giant precipice of Dry Falls, all of which are reminders of the raging
torrent that once occupied this area. One of the most unusual fossils ever found in the Columbia Plateau is a mold and a few bones of a small rhinoceros.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has constructed an Interpretive Center at Dry Falls which houses exhibits and tells the story of the creation of this geological phenomenon. The building overlooks the giant precipice and affords a magnificent view through
picture windows. The park schedule is from May through September, 10 am - 6 p.m. daily.

The Grand Coulee, of which Dry Falls is a central feature, has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the
Interior. A bronze plaque to this effect is located in the small vista house adjacent to the parking area.

Recreation - Activities at the park include visiting the interpretive center, viewing the scenery and hiking to the Lake Lenore Caves.

Climate - The climate of Washington varies within each region. The Cascades split the state and alter the weather patterns. The terrain east of the mountains, which includes the Dry Falls Interpretive Center, receives approximately 12 inches of rainfall per year, generally much less than west of the mountains. Since the area east of the mountains is landlocked, temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington.

Location - Dry Falls State Park, in south central Washington, is located 7 miles southwest of Coulee City, on state route 17.

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Filed By: Tiffany W. (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Dry Falls is an awesome place. Especially if you are fascinated by geological history. It's fascinating to try to picture this vast arid area as a magnificent, huge waterfall (way bigger than Niagra Falls they say). Beautiful place to watch the sunset. I was proposed to here in the pagoda near the parking lot of Dry Falls. What a beautiful view to go with a beautiful proposal!!!

Filed By: Michelle (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I like Dry Falls a lot. The overlook (like a natural balcony)is posilutely perfect. I think everyone should go here. Especially awesome at sunset.

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Contact Information:
Sun Lakes/Dry Falls, 34875 Park Lake Rd. NE , Coulee City, WA, 99115, Phone: 509-632-5583, Fax: 509-632-5971

Additional Information:
Columbia River Plateau - Throughout the Columbia River Plateau region, you can be as active or sedate as you want at any given moment. If you think of Washington only in terms of the damp forests and cityscapes of Puget Sound, you will be amazed at the sculpted beauty of this high desert land.
Washington State Parks - Washington has 149 state parks located around the state.

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