Ice Age Floods
Sun Lakes sits along the path of many great ice-age floods. As the tremendous force of over 400 trillion gallons of water tore through the Pacific Northwest over and over again, valleys and basins were carved into the Columbia Plateau. Today these are known as the Channeled Scablands. From this massive destruction came gorgeous spectacles of nature you can only truly experience in person.
National Scenic Byway
Highway 17, leading past Sun Lakes from the Othello area to Grand Coulee, is one of seven National Scenic Byways in Washington State. This beautiful drive with it's fantastic scenery is also known as the Coulee Corridor. Sun Lakes is perfectly positioned along this route so you can easily enjoy these majestic sights.
Lake Lenore Caves
The Lake Lenore Caves are another point of interest in the area. Hundreds of years ago, nomadic natives huddled together in these natural shelters, probably during seasonal migration periods. Now their historical "tracks" are left for us to see. If you hike far enough along the path, you can view petroglyphs carved into stone by those ancient tribes. But even if you opt for just a short hike, you can't help but be awed by the beauty and history of the caves.
Our resort is a very short distance from one of the most magnificent geological wonders in North America. "Dry Falls" stands 400 feet high and over three miles wide. When it was active, this waterfall was ten times larger than Niagara Falls! You can enjoy the spectacular view of this natural monument from an on-site visitor center.
Grand Coulee Dam and Laser Light Show
One of the most visited sites in our area is Grand Coulee Dam. At 550 feet tall and a full mile long, Grand Coulee Dam is a truly impressive sight to behold. Constructed with enough concrete to build a four-lane highway from Los Angeles to New York City, the dam is considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World!
Grand Coulee Dam is also known for its Laser Light Show, a narrated tale of how and why the dam was built played out in pulsating lasers on the face of the massive structure. Playing nightly from late May to late September, this show is a favorite for many of our guests.