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The Palouse Region
Steptoe Butte State Park
STEPTOE BUTTE STATE PARK
STEPTOE BUTTE STATE PARK
Steptoe Butte State Park
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Steptoe Butte State Park

Steptoe Butte State Park

Steptoe Butte State Park
© Pat Schilling Photography

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Steptoe Butte State Park
© Pat Schilling Photography

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Steptoe Butte State Park

Steptoe Butte State Park is a 150-acre, 3,612-foot-tall natural monument. Thimble-shaped, the quartzite butte looms in bald grandeur over the prevailing flat lands. The park is famous for its stark, dramatic beauty and the panoramic view it provides of surrounding farmlands, the Blue Mountains, and other neighboring ranges and peaks. From the top of the butte, the eye can see 200 miles.

Park hours/updates:

The park is open year round for day use only.

Summer: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winter: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life. Chipmunks. Coyotes. Deer or Elk. Rabbits. Hawks. Pheasants. Quail. Woodpeckers. Wrens

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

The butte is constructed of quartzite and looms over the surrounding terrain. Hawthorne brush abounds in the park, and was widely used by local Indians for the making of medicines, baskets and other essentials.

. Douglas Fir. Ponderosa Pine. Apple. Cherry
History of the Area
Native Americans called the butte "the power mountain." It was believed that a journey to the butte bestowed a gift of power from the mountain's guardian spirit.

The butte's present name honors Colonel Edward Steptoe, who gave years of service maintaining peace in the region. His men were killed in a conflict, which he tried to prevent, with Native Americans.
Camping
The park has no camping.
Boats and RVs
Metalite Industries - Spokane, WABoat Dealer
An industry leading series of high quality, reliable, durable and complete pontoon leisure craft and work boats. These classic custom pontoon watercraft products are designed to meet the demands of owners and the public for safety, comfort and long lasting value.
44 miles from park*
Harrison Idaho Water Adventures - Harrison, IDBoat Rentals
We provide the largest range of water sport activities in North Idaho. We supply Lake Coeur d alene with boat rentals, pontoon rentals and waverunners often refered to as a sea doo. We located in the quaint little town of Harrison on the southern end of Lake Coeur d Alene.
37.7 miles from park*


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Picnicking
The park offers seven unsheltered picnic tables and four braziers for cooking, all available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nature Programs
Interpretive signs provide information on the butte and surrounding mountain ranges. A sign interpreting the history of the Cashup Hotel, which once stood on top of the butte, is also featured in the park.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 10 Great for flying! by Steve Baran
Hang gliding and paragliding is great here. Especially for making your first higher flights under the supervision of experienced pilots.
May 11 An Eye on the Palouse by Star
Steptoe Butte is a formation of granite pushed up from the bedrock vertically and has become a viewpoint where one can see the extreme beauty the rolling hills of the Palouse for over a hundred miles. A must see if near the area.


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Directions
Located 12 miles north of Colfax, Wash., near the state's eastern border in Whitman County.

From U.S. 195:Six miles north of Colfax, turn east on Scholz Rd. Follow signs to Oakesdale and Steptoe Butte.

In the winter, please drive carefully on the road to the park. The entrance may be covered with snow and ice.

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Steptoe Butte State Park
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