Steptoe Butte is a quartzite island jutting out of the silty loess of the Palouse hills in Whitman County, Washington, in the northwest United States. The 3612ft butte is preserved as Steptoe Butte State Park, a publicly owned 150acres recreation area located east of Colfax. Steptoe Butte and Kamiak Butte comprise Steptoe and Kamiak Buttes National Natural Landmark.GeologyThe rock that forms the butte is over 400 million years old, in contrast with the 15–7 million year old Columbia River Basalts that underlie the rest of the Palouse. Steptoe Butte has become an archetype, as isolated protrusions of bedrock, such as summits of hills or mountains, in lava flows have come to be called "steptoes." Elevation: above sea level, approximately 1000ft above the surrounding countryside (prominence).Visibility: Up to 70-. Mount Spokane is easily visible, 70mi to the north.HistoryThe butte was named after Colonel Edward Steptoe. A hotel built by James S. "Cashup" Davis stood atop the butte from 1888 to 1908, burning down several years after it closed. In 1946, Virgil McCroskey donated of land to form the park, which was later increased to over.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Steptoe Butte State Park and many more Colfax attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Colfax road trip planning site .
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Steptoe Butte State Park Reviews
The area at the top of the 3900 ft high Butte(10000 ft above the area below) offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding country. It was a great place to take photos of surrounding wheat fields and fa... more »
We called in for a short visit on our way to Colfax. Unfortunately we could not stop for long but will go back again more »
If you are in the Palouse area find time to visit Steptoe Butte state park- basically the butte offers 360 degree views over the Palouse hills. Because of the high viewpoint you can see the rolling hi... more »
I really do love this place! It's especially beautiful in the spring.
Start here to do your tour of the Palouse Channel scablands and Farm and Ranch area. Head West from here to Palouse Falls and look at all the wondrous farm land and Ranch Land.
Incredible views. Great side trip on any palouse visit
Beautiful little state park area out in the middle of nowhere... As you drive by it you think look at that little hill in the middle of a field.. So you turn off the main road and take a short drive up to the top to be blown away by the beauty.. You can look 365 degrees as far as you can see.. Great hill to walk,jog or bike up.. Nice clean restroom up at the top parking lot. Great potty break stop if your traveling through and check out the view
Serene atmosphere surrounded by deep historical and amazing views.. perfect for sunset photography. Often a focus of photography tour groups of the palouse region of Washington state.. also a paraglider and hangglider launch point.. And state park
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