Moses Coulee may not be the most famous of the coulees in the North Central Washington, but it has a lot to offer in its own right. The dramatic scenery alone, with the rocky cliffsides and desolate landscape, are perfect for picture taking. This is a great destination for a quick day trip.
Here are five fun facts about Moses Coulee.
A National Natural Landmark
The bottom of Moses Coulee, where it discharges into the Columbia River, is known as the Great Gravel Bar of Moses Coulee and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.
An Alternate Route
Though it’s hard to believe now, for a short time during and after the Great Missoula Flood, the Columbia River briefly flowed through Moses Coulee.
Established in the lower part of Moses Coulee, a post office called Appledale was created in 1912. It remained in operation until 1927 and was named for the apple orchards in the area.
The area known as Palisades, Wa is an unincorporated community in Moses Coulee. A post office was established in Palisades in 1908 and still operates there today.
Bodies of Water
While it was carved by ice and water, the huge Moses Coulee now is home to just two very small lakes. Both lakes are located in upper Moses Coulee with Grimes Lake being to the north and Jameson Lake being to the south.
Moses Coulee has some distinctive scenery. Many people say that it somewhat resembles the scenery seen in old western movies. It is easy to see why they say that just looking at the photo above.
Leaving Highway 28, there is a fun and scenic drive that leads up through Palisades and then up Moses Coulee to where it meets Highway 2 between Waterville and Coulee City. This can be a great day trip for something to do or also a possible shortcut to mix things up a bit too.
Moses Coulee has some interesting scenery including the huge canyon walls like the one shown above. There is a fun scenic drive that can be taken through the coulee too which can actually be a lot of fun.
Palisades is located in Moses Coulee and is a very interesting part of North Central Washington. It is surrounded by the coulee walls on all sides which provides for some very cool looking scenery. This is a great little road trip for anyone finding themselves in the Quincy, Crescent Bar, or Wenatchee area.
Moses Coulee is located in North Central Washington and features some impressive cliffs and rock formations, and is a fun destination for a drive. A coulee is a depression or channel in the Earth that is caused by the drainage of a glacier. Moses Coulee is located east of the Wenatchee area stretches for miles. When it comes to developed areas, there isn’t much there, but the desolation is beautiful in its own way.
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