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“Twenty Times the Size of Niagara” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dry Falls Interpretive Center

Dry Falls Interpretive Center
Coulee City, WA
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Outdoors
Activities: Picnicking
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Owner description: Offers information on the geology and history of Dry Falls.
Princeton, Canada
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“Twenty Times the Size of Niagara”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

Travelling through the State of Washington provides a family with some of the most incredible opportunities to view and enjoy natural geologic wonders that one will find anywhere in America. The Dry Falls and the coulee itself are remnants of catastrophies of unimaginable size that happened at the end of the last iceage. Try and imagine a water flow passing this point at an estimated rate of 60 cubic kilometers per hour. The cliffs here drop off some 200 feet to the coulee floor below, and this would have been but a ripple in the water surface. An the estimate is that this flow reoccured more than twenty five times spaced relatively evenly at twenty five year intervals. Include this stop as a must as you explore Washington. Start at Grande Coulee to the north and travel south past Banks Lake, accross the Dam at the end turn left to the interprative center and look accross the four mile wide falls. Continue down the coulee, take your time, there are Golf courses, and swimming holes, ancient once inhabitted caves to climb to, and several beautiful lakes that welcome the power boat enthusiast. Stop at Soap Lake to the south, and make sure you take a dip in its healing waters. A motel there on the south end of the lake has quaint and beautiful log cabins, each with its own theme, and two sets of taps, one with lake water one with ordinary supplying water to the tubs. As you travel make sure you give yourself enough time to stop often, and explore the beaches ,restaurants, and antique shops. Do some rock climbing, especially at SteamBoat rock, just south of Grande Coulee. Swim in the beautiful lakes with sandy beaches, concessions, and always clean washrooms and dressing rooms. Take your best cameras and kids and enjoy!!

Visited August 2011
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Austin, Texas
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“Makes Niagara Falls Look Like A Drop In The Bucket”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

Planning a tour in the NW USA recently, I added Grand Coulee Dam and, following a visit to Mt. Rainier, drove from Yakima, Washington, to see it expecting just another in a number of CCC/WPA projects. Along the way we were taken back by the changed landscape relative to western Washington. Large rocks adorning prairie-like land, huge buttes and long canyons for miles upon miles. Suddenly, we struck upon a gorge-like expanse at Dry Falls Interpretive Center. The Center provides a short movie, archeological renderings and exhibits. The Dry Falls itself presents an amazing study of the affects of glaciers and water, in all it's true power, and how it shaped life in parts of Montana, Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Oregon to the Pacific Ocean (see: http://www.glaciallakemissoula.org/story.html for details). One must see the Dry Falls to fully appreciate the grandeur of the monument. It is truly a humbling site and the Interpretive Center explains it all quite well in a nice, compact stop.

Visited October 2011
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“Fascinating! Don't miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

An amazing glimpse into a time millions of years ago. Falls that would have dwarfed Niagara. Good film about the history.

Visited September 2011
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“Great short stop.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

This was a sweet little interpretive center. There was a 13 minute video to watch on the formation of Dry Falls. Fascinating. Also, there are some small exhibits that discuss geology, flora, fauna of the region. They had a lovely book selection for both young and old. I went there with a toddler and a kindergartener, and 2 adults and it was just the perfect stop for 15-30 minutes.

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Elk Grove village, IL
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“Could have passed this.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2004

We went to see the state park and dry falls so had so go into the intrepretive center. For us, this was unnecessary. We like being outdoors and nature more than museums so, for us, the intrepretive center was only a short visit. If you love museums and doing a lot of reading though, you should try it.

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