|Palouse Falls as seen from the view point|
At the end of the last Ice Age the Palouse River used to flow into the Pasco Basin of South Central Washington State. At this time the ice dam on the Clark Fork River broke open repeatedly over the course of a 2,000 year period causing millions of tons of water to fan out over the south central and western part of Washington. It also flooded the Palouse River and caused it to overflow and head south to Snake River.
|Calm water seen on the left before plunging into the Palouse Gorge|
|Palouse Falls as seen from the north edge. Not for the faint of heart!|
The force of the rushing water created three deep ravines on the side of Snake River Canyon. There were three waterfalls spilling from each of these coulees but over time they receded and now the only one left is Palouse Falls. That is why there is a waterfall in the middle of the desert.
|View of the Palouse Canyon|
|Marmotts sunning by the falls|
|Upper Palouse Falls|