Explore the most popular trails in Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park is a 4,027-acre camping park with 73,640 feet of freshwater shoreline at the foot of Dry Falls. Dry Falls is one of the great geological wonders of North America. Carved by Ice Age floods that long ago disappeared, the former waterfall is now a stark cliff, 400 feet high and 3.5 miles wide. In its heyday, the waterfall was four times the size of Niagara Falls. Today it overlooks a desert oasis filled with lakes and abundant wildlife.

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5 months ago

Awesome hike but not easy in some parts. You can take spur trails to climb in between Umatilla Rock itself. Also, there is no shade and it can get really hot here!

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rocky
5 months ago

Neat trail! We followed the obvious footpath but still somehow landed off-trail with some rocky maneuvering. Also missed the trail back to the stairs on the way back, and ended up with the trail becoming more narrow and overgrown with a steep drop to the left, lol. The last cave is the best.

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5 months ago

Was a short fun hike, that was totally kid friendly. But the caves are not very big. My kids were disappointed.

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5 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

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6 months ago

The first part of the trail to the first cave is family friendly but if you go all the way to the end of the trail it is more difficult for younger kids but still a cool hike!

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rocky
6 months ago

Fun hike for the whole family.

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6 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

Although the caves were interesting to see, we wanted to explore the basalt formations of the Great Blade ~ separating the East Lenore Coulee from the Lower Grand Coulee. Finally found a “notch” in the blade, in which we could climb up to the top for a breathtaking view of the eastern side of basalt wall. The view from that height down into the scablands was awe-inspiring; covered in giant potholes and groves ~ carved out of the earths surface over 15,000 years ago from the turbulent waters of a glacier flood. Perfect exploration spot for geology buffs. The East Lenore Coulee is only accessible from the south of the caves, and it requires a steep rock scramble up some loose rock. So ankle support and poles really helped with that section of the trail. Here is a cool video with aerial shots that I found years before I was finally able to get to the area. So glad we finally made the trip! Highly recommended. The hike to the caves was easy and would be perfect for families with children. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=sIC7_jG4VU0

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muddy
9 months ago

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

It was a nice little hike, for anybody inexperienced it wouldn't be as easy. Without an official trail guide, we went up some rather uneasy climbs to what we thought were caves and trails. There are a few spots that should have signs saying not to go that way as it's not a trial(and dangerous) but other then lack of signs it was great. I am an experienced hiker, however, having a small child and an inexperienced wife made it very interesting. We went late in the day, around 1:30-2pm and left closer to 4-4:30pm.

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snow
10 months ago

Went hiking here on Tuesday and it was absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful winter hike!

Sun Dec 16 2018

Loved this hike! We of course took the senic route and explored all the trails in the area. It's beautiful!

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Thu Nov 22 2018

The official trail itself isn't too hard. The awesome part is all the trails that aren't officially trails. They were all easy depending on what you done before. We climbed to the gap in the coulee, and went all over on trails others had made. I recommend going in autumn after the heat has passed. The caves themselves are neat, but exploring was far more fun.

Fun little outing! We did this after Steamboat Rock. Interesting rock formations and history. Would be good for family's.

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Sat Sep 29 2018

Easy, short. Great to take the family on.

Fri Sep 14 2018

Beautiful views! Trails can be a little confusing as they are not marked by signs. We went off the trails a few times and ended up in much more challenging terrain than what I. would consider “easy” as this hike is listed. Very rocky in places. Trails do not seem “kid friendly” to me either, at least not for small ones.

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Tue Aug 14 2018

Beautiful views. a little more of a challenge to do when it's 105 degrees outside. I recommend going when it's less than 100. more worth than soap lake.

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