Steptoe Butte State Park Heritage Site

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ATTENTION VISITORS: In early 2021, Steptoe Butte State Park will undergo major road and parking lot repairs. This work will require a complete closure of the park, lasting approximately 12 – 16 weeks. The start of the project will depend on weather, but we expect it to be February or March. Washington State Parks will keep you informed of the closure as soon as we have solid information. Sign up to get notifications delivered to your email here. You can also get updates on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels.
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High above the Palouse Hills on the eastern edge of Washington, Steptoe Butte offers unparalleled views of a truly unique landscape. The warm quartzite bluff stands out against soft hills of green and mauve, an occasional barn dotting the landscape. Colors seem to shift and change in the light.

The butte contains some of the oldest rock in the Pacific Northwest, and it marks the border of the original North American Continent.

Steptoe has, over time, been a wagon road, a hotel site and an observatory location. In addition to inspiring vistas, the 3,612-foot summit displays several interpretive panels that pay homage to its distinctive geology. This day-use park is a must-visit on a leisurely drive through eastern Washington.

Park features

Steptoe Butte is a 168-acre day-use park. Camping options for an eastern Washington road trip include Riverside, Field Springs and Lewis & Clark Trail state parks, all less than two hours away.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

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ADA amenities/facilities

  • Restroom

Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities. 

Picnic & day-use facilities The park offers seven unsheltered picnic tables and four braziers for cooking, all available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other activities

  • Bird watching
  • Paragliding
  • Hang gliding
  • Photography

Interpretive opportunities

The butte summit features an interpretive wayside exhibit. Outdoor displays explain the site's natural history, surrounding and distant landscape features, the Cashup Hotel, which once stood on top of the butte, and the unique story of how this National Natural Landmark became a state park.

Groups coming in buses need to contact Blue Mountain HQ at (509) 337-6457 to schedule their event.

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