Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield

Hubby and I took a road trip and visited Steptoe Butte State Park. This 3,612-foot butte is a wonderful place to visit and view the surrounding Palouse (a major fertile agricultural area; the most important lentil growing region in the USA). The steptoes, or hills, are formed from lava flows.

Steptoe Butte

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte

The butte is named after Lieutenant Colonel Edward Steptoe.

Steptoe Butte

Steptoe Butte is a popular area for hang gliders, kite flying, paragliders, model airplane fliers and sight seers.

Steptoe Butte

From a photographer’s point of view, the best times to visit are sunrise and sunset, but the views are spectacular at any time of the day or season.

Steptoe Butte

Nearby, one can also visit Steptoe Battlefield…a sober reminder of the Battle of Pine Creek, where a conflict between  US Army forces under Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Edward Steptoe and members of the Coeur d’Alene, Palouse and Spokane Native American tribes took place.

Steptoe Battlefield

The land did not look so pastoral then. It was not farmed; it was scrubland and native grasses.

Steptoe Battlefield

Because of the many hills, it was also a difficult land in which to fight battles.

Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield

The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. -Jeff Miller

*I am in no way condoning any conflicts with anyone, only commemorating every veteran’s loss of life in the performance of his/her duty.

God bless the veterans!

6 responses to “Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield

  1. Sounds like a nice trip and you seemed to have the place to yourselves.

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    • There were quite a few people on top of Steptoe Butte, but there was no one at the Steptoe Battlefield monument, Donna. It was a gorgeous day for a day trip! 🙂

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  2. Thank you for sharing – There are so many wonderful & varied places to visit in North America.

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  3. I’ve never heard of Steptoe Butte State Park – it looks breath-taking though. I really enjoyed looking through these beautiful pictures. I hope you and your husband had fun!

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