A dry gulch in the desert near Tamchy, Kyrgyzstan. The creek that may have run along the bottom of the gulch in the past has been diverted to a parallel aryk.

A gulch is a deep V-shaped valley formed by erosion. It may contain a small stream or dry creek bed and is usually larger in size than a gully.[1] Sudden intense rainfall upstream may produce flash floods in the bed of the gulch.

Witches Gulch found in the Dells of the Wisconsin River

In eastern Canada, gulch refers to:[2]

See also

  • Arroyo (creek) – Dry watercourse with flow after rain
  • Canyon – Deep chasm between cliffs, includes gorge.
  • Dale (landform) – Open valley
  • Coulee – Type of valley or drainage zone
  • Gully – Landform created by running water and/or mass movement eroding sharply into soil
  • Ravine – Small valley, often due to stream erosion
  • Valley – Low area between hills, often with a river running through it
  • Wadi – River valley, especially a dry riverbed that contains water only during times of heavy rain
  • Draw (terrain) – Terrain feature formed by two parallel ridges or spurs with low ground in between


  1. ^ "Dictionary of geological terms". American Geological Institute. 1976. p. 199. a small revine; a small swallow cayon with smoothly included slopes and steep sides. Local in Far West
  2. ^ "Gulch". Interesting and curious generic terms used in Canada. Natural Resources Canada. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2013.

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