The Great Northern

Following US‑2 through wide-open spaces is guaranteed to bring new meaning to the expression “getting away from it all.”

Moses Coulee

One of the last vestiges of eastern Washington’s natural, unirrigated landscape, protected in its untrammeled splendor by the nonprofit Nature Conservancy, Moses Coulee is an 800-foot-deep gorge bounded by vertical walls of ruddy brown volcanic basalt, brightened by splashes of green and orange lichen. From the rolling plains above, US-2 cuts down into the coulee, then back up the other side, passing through some of the Columbia River Basin’s sole surviving sagebrush and giving a strong sense of how profoundly irrigation has changed the region.

Moses Coulee