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Boulder Mountain (11,328 feet (3,452.8 m)) on the Aquarius Plateau.

The Aquarius Plateau is a physiographic region in the High Plateaus Section of the Colorado Plateau Province. It is located within Garfield and Wayne counties in south-central Utah.


The plateau, a tectonic uplift on the much larger Colorado Plateau landform, is the highest in North America. It is over 900 square miles (2330 km²) of mostly forested highland, much of which is part of Dixie National Forest.

It has over 50,000 acres (200 km²) of rolling hilly terrain above 11,000 feet (3350 m). The plateau includes Boulder Mountain which peaks at 11,328 feet (3,452.8 m) at Bluebell Knoll.


Parks and protected areas on the Aquarius Plateau or its perimeter include Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and the Dixie National Forest.

Section diagram

The Grand Staircase, with Aquarius Plateau on its northern edge
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