Steamboat Rock State Park is a 3,522-acre camping park with 50,000 feet of freshwater shoreline at the north end of Banks Lake. Dominating the landscape is a columnar, basaltic rock with a surface area of 600 acres. Two campground areas and a large day-use area are on sweeping green lawns, protected from winds by tall dramatic poplars. The surrounding areas are carpeted with wildflowers, adding to the gray-green brush of the Scablands. A sandy swimming area and boat launches make the area a favorite for visitors who enjoy water-play and want respite from the hot, summer sun.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun trail with beautiful view. Bring water and sunscreen

hiking
1 month ago

Fun little hike. We took our 6-10 year old kids. The loose rock was a little rough but a fun challenge. Views were amazing. Windy at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike with the kids, saw one baby rattler on the trail. Excellent views of Banks lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this yesterday. The flowers are beautiful and it was nice and warm! The beginning climb is the challenging part-after that, it levels off and is a nice overland stroll. Great views. I wore shorts and a tank top yesterday and wasn't cold but you may want long sleeves or a jacket. Sun was out for us and 60°. I used hiking boots but trail runners would've worked. No water on top. If you've unsure footing, poles are recommended for the initial screw slope. We saw small children climbing up the path with their parents.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike, but windy at the top. Even a bit chilly once late afternoon hit. I recommend bringing a sweatshirt or jacket. Keep a lookout for the Evil Cacti off trail as these things could really hurt you or a dog.

hiking
4 months ago

There was a trail around the rock and campground but it was sand and hard to walk uphill in for some. There was also a poorly marked trail going up the mountain which is definitely more difficult with loose rocks and lots of loose sand. I made it about 1/4 of the way up and turned back because it got dangerous quickly. I wouldn't make a special trip for the trail but it's got good views of the canyons and lakes around if you're in the area already

Pretty easy hike. Great view of the camp site. Would recommend.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Love it!

camping
Friday, June 26, 2015

Fun and challenging

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It was an easy and beautiful hike. There is a lot of fallen shingle on the trail but it's easy to walk over. We saw lots of kids and dogs. Recommend swimming in the lake post hike, so refreshing!

hiking
Thursday, August 23, 2012

The trail is on top of a butte. The beginning is steep and slippery because of shale rock on the trial. Once on top, it is easy with views of the river and surrounding countryside. Great for early hiking.