Steptoe Butte State Park, Colfax

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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.
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  • We heard of this park from a friend. It was SO WORTH the drive out there. We live in a farming community in Nebraska so we thoroughly enjoyed seeing this completely diverse and unusual farming area. D...  more »
  • You can see the Palouse Valley from anywhere in it, but there are only a few places where you can get above it and see it for miles around. Steptoe Butte State Park is the best. From there one can see...  more »
  • Not only is the view at the top amazing but thanks to all the cell towers you will have great cell service! There is a $10.00 fee and a small picnic area at the entrance. At the top of the butte there...  more »
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  • 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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