Rising 800 feet and spanning 600 acres, Steamboat Rock will impress the most seasoned of travelers. Carved by Ice Age floods into a dramatic, lake-dotted canyon, Steamboat Rock State Park’s landscape dates back at least 13,000 years. Known as “scabland,” the area appears barren, but it is teeming with shy (and not-so-shy) wildlife, spring flowers and sagebrush. Three campground areas and a large day-use area are protected from winds by tall poplars.
“Clear of city and industrial lighting. There are some park lights though, you can find secluded spots with great views of of the night sky.”