Sun Lakes – Dry Falls State Park
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Sun Lakes – Dry Falls State Park

visited 19 March and 17 July 2022

Back in the Ice Age, floods carved dramatic canyons out of the bedrock and left waterfalls much larger than Niagara Falls behind. Today, those falls have dried up but the scenery remains.

I first visited this park at the end of winter and was taken by its other-worldly landscape.

Much of the park was closed for the winter season, so I knew I had to plan another visit. That happened this summer and I found a very much busier and vibrant park this time.

Overlook from Highway 17 just outside the park
Park Lake
Park Lake
Park Lake
Park Lake

I walked a fair amount of the old Park Lake Road, which is now closed to vehicular traffic, but open for hiking.

Park Lake

I then turned east and explored the Deep Lake Trail. A few people were out then, and I found myself a bit envious of the person who had thought to bring their kayak.

Deep Lake
Deep Lake
Deep Lake
Deep Lake
Deep Lake

And finally, I drove the desolate and dusty road to Dry Falls Lake.

Dry Falls Lake
Dry Falls Lake

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