Planning for Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield underway

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to participate in long-term recreation and land-use planning for Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield state park heritage sites in Whitman County. 

Parks staff will host two workshops in this second phase of the public planning process:

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, Whitman County Library, Main Branch, 102 S. Main St., Colfax. 

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, Rosalia Elementary and High School, 916 S. Josephine Ave., Rosalia.

The workshop in Colfax will primarily focus on Steptoe Butte. The workshop in Rosalia will focus on Steptoe Battlefield.

The initial workshop in this planning effort was held on March 7, 2017. Parks staff provided background information on the two parks and explained State Parks’ Classification and Management Plan process.

The second phase of the public planning process will consider options for future management of the parks. While both heritage sites are included in this planning process, each park has its own distinct features that require different management strategies. 

The public is invited to provide comments at this meeting. Those unable to attend the workshop may comment by contacting Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner, (360) 902-8671 or