Steptoe Butte is not the only photo worthy spot in the Palouse. The many gracefully undulating hills surrounding Steptoe Butte are blanketed with a patchwork of colorful old barns, small farm towns, and pioneer homesteads.
In spring the hillsides of the butte are covered with several types of wildflowers, beginning usually in Mid-May. Balsam Root is normally the first to appear. A bit later, beautiful lush patches of Lupine begin to arrive.
If you drive west of the Palouse from the town of Colfax in late May or early June, magnificent golden fields of Canola can be seen in places rolling across the prairie.
Best of all, unlike major tourist destinations such as Yellowstone Park, the Palouse is free from the summer hordes that gravitate to better know locales. If you enjoy a modicum of solitude, while pursuing your photographic endeavors, Steptoe Butte and the Palouse is worth a place on your calendar.