Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park encompasses a natural amphitheater ringed by majestic cliffs that were once an enormous waterfall. This is a beautiful flood-carved monument to the epic geology of Washington State. Massive basalt flows blanketed the state east of the mountains several million years ago, and then ice age floods carved and ripped into the basalt tens of thousands of years ago, leaving whimsical lakes, dips, caves, and canyons carved into the land. These channeled scablands are breathtaking to behold and fun to explore.
The park is a remarkable oasis on the sunny side of the Cascade Mountains with great amenities for a getaway: A neighboring resort with cabins and RV hookups, camping, miles of trails, lakes for swimming, boating, and fishing, a golf course, a store, an amphitheater, WiFi and a concession stand with snacks and fast food at the nearby Dry Falls Visitor Center and scenic overlook, and expansive lawn areas with picnic tables for relaxing and enjoying the view or a picnic by the lake.
A mix of sandy and rocky trails runs along ridgetops with views of lakes and wetlands and in and out of canyons. The trails connect the developed areas of the park with the relative solitude of the flood-carved ancient lakes at the base of the dry falls to the east.
One more reason to make a weekend of the run is that the Grand Coulee Dam is a scenic 45 minute drive to the north of the park along the Grand Coulee!