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Altar of Sacrifice
Altar of Sacrifice, Zion.jpg
Altar of Sacrifice, east aspect
Highest point
Elevation 7,505 ft (2,288 m)
Prominence 585 ft (178 m)
Isolation 0.74 mi (1.19 km)
Parent peak The Sundial (7,590 ft)
Altar of Sacrifice is located in Utah
Altar of Sacrifice
Altar of Sacrifice
Location in Utah
Altar of Sacrifice is located in the United States
Altar of Sacrifice
Altar of Sacrifice
Location in the United States
Location Zion National Park
Washington County, Utah
United States
Parent range Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Springdale West
Age of rock Jurassic
Type of rock Navajo sandstone
Easiest route class 5+ climbing

Altar of Sacrifice is a 7,505-foot (2,290 meter) elevation Navajo Sandstone summit located in Zion National Park, in Washington County of southwest Utah, United States.


Altar of Sacrifice is situated 2.5 mi (4.0 km) west-northwest of Zion's park headquarters, towering 3,500-feet (1,060 meters) above the floor of Zion Canyon and the Virgin River which drains precipitation runoff from this mountain. Its nearest higher neighbor is The West Temple, one mile to the south. Other neighbors include The Witch Head, Meridian Tower, Bee Hive, The Sentinel, Mount Spry, Bridge Mountain, and Mount Kinesava.

Etymology and Naming

Altar of Sacrifice, The Great White Throne, and Angels Landing were named by Methodist Minister Frederick Vining Fisher from Ogden during a visit to Zion Canyon in 1916. This feature's name gained its appropriateness from dark red stains caused by hematite (iron oxide) that appear on the face of the east wall, as though great quantities of blood had been spilled from the top. Altar of Sacrifice's name was officially adopted in 1934 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.


Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to visit Altar of Sacrifice. According to the Köppen climate classification system, it is located in a Cold semi-arid climate zone, which is defined by the coldest month having an average mean temperature below 32 °F (0 °C), and at least 50% of the total annual precipitation being received during the spring and summer. This desert climate receives less than 10 inches (250 millimeters) of annual rainfall, and snowfall is generally light during the winter.

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