United States Dry Falls

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Joe Becker

About this spot
Dry Falls is a 3.5-mile long curving basaltic cliff that was carved by torrential floods some 20,000 years ago. The cliffs are located in Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park. They form the head of the Lower Grand Coulee. The flooding was caused when an glacial ice dam repeated created a huge lake covering much of western Montana and repeatedly broke sending flood waters westward across northern Idaho and eastern Washington. This cycle of damming and flooding reportedly occurred more than a dozen times. These floods created the channeled scablands of Washington State, of which Dry Falls is a prime example. Directly below the Dry Falls cliffs is Dry Falls Lake, and to the south is a thin butte, known as Umatilla Rock, that continues the rock amphitheater formed by Dry Falls.

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