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    Sun Lakes State Park
    Sun Lakes State Park, in the heart of Washington state, gives travelers a taste of the wilderness, even though it's a mere hours from major cities, such as Spokane and Seattle, with ample opportunities for adventure.

    Geologic History

    At one point, Dry Falls, the 400-foot-high, 3.5-mile-wide cliff that takes up much of the park was a waterfall, four times the size of Niagara Falls. It was carved out by Ice Age floods thousands of years ago.


    Sun Lakes State Park is a desert oasis-type climate, so it does not get much rainfall. During the summer, temperatures reach the 80s during the day and fall into the 50s at night. During the winter, highs are in the 30s, with lows in the teens.


    You can reserve various levels of comforts from the 152 campsites at Sun Lakes, with accommodations ranging from primitive to full use of utilities.


    The Dry Falls visitor center leads park visitors on daily tours, ranging through the park's many lakes, such as Perch, Red Alkali, Park and Table, and geographic wonders such as the ever-impressive Dry Falls.


    The lack of freezing temperatures at Sun Lakes in the winter, limits opportunities for winter-specific sports, such as snowboarding, skiing or cross-country skiing. However, during the summer there is plenty to do as park visitors can fresh-water fish, hike the 15-mile long trail, boat, golf, swim and water ski.

    Article Written By Vincent Runyon

    Vincent Runyon is a writer working out of Portland, Ore. His work has been featured in "The Oregon Voice" and "Portland Monthly." Runyon received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Oregon. His greatest passions are traveling to new and different places and enjoying a good basketball game. Usually the two are mutually exclusive.

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