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Cathedral Rock
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Southeast aspect
Highest point
Elevation 3,942 ft (1,202 m)
Prominence 342 ft (104 m)
Isolation 2.61 mi (4.20 km)
Parent peak Paria Plateau
Geography
Cathedral Rock is located in Arizona
Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock
Location in Arizona
Cathedral Rock is located in the United States
Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock
Location in the United States
Location Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Coconino County, Arizona, U.S.
Parent range Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Navajo Bridge
Geology
Age of rock Triassic
Type of rock Sandstone
Climbing
Easiest route class 3+ scrambling

Cathedral Rock is a 3,942-foot-elevation (1,202 m) pillar located within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in Coconino County of northern Arizona. It is situated less than one mile northwest of Navajo Bridge, and three miles (4.8 km) southwest of Lee's Ferry and the confluence of the Paria and Colorado Rivers, where it towers over 400 feet (120 m) above the surrounding terrain as a landmark of the area. It can be seen from nearby U.S. Route 89A (US 89A) at Marble Canyon. This geographical feature's name was bestowed prior to 1900, and officially adopted in 1969 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

Geology

Cathedral Rock is located on the Colorado Plateau. This erosional remnant is composed of red sandstone of the Moenkopi Formation, which was laid down during the Triassic. It is overlain by a Shinarump Conglomerate caprock. Precipitation runoff from this feature drains to the nearby Colorado River, one-half mile to the east.

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Climate

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Cathedral Rock is located in an arid climate zone with hot, very dry summers, and chilly winters with very little snow. Climate data for Page, Arizona, 12 miles to the northeast.

Climate data for Page, Arizona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(17.8)
72
(22.2)
82
(27.8)
91
(32.8)
102
(38.9)
107
(41.7)
109
(42.8)
106
(41.1)
100
(37.8)
93
(33.9)
77
(25)
66
(18.9)
109
(42.8)
Average high °F (°C) 43.1
(6.17)
50.3
(10.17)
59.5
(15.28)
68.5
(20.28)
78.5
(25.83)
90.2
(32.33)
95.1
(35.06)
92.0
(33.33)
83.5
(28.61)
69.7
(20.94)
53.8
(12.11)
43.7
(6.5)
69.0
(20.56)
Average low °F (°C) 26.3
(-3.17)
30.4
(-0.89)
37.0
(2.78)
43.6
(6.44)
52.6
(11.44)
62.3
(16.83)
68.3
(20.17)
66.4
(19.11)
58.4
(14.67)
46.6
(8.11)
34.7
(1.5)
27.1
(-2.72)
46.1
(7.83)
Record low °F (°C) −11
(-23.9)
6
(-14.4)
18
(-7.8)
25
(-3.9)
31
(-0.6)
44
(6.7)
56
(13.3)
46
(7.8)
40
(4.4)
24
(-4.4)
16
(-8.9)
1
(-17.2)
−11
(-23.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.61
(15.5)
0.48
(12.2)
0.65
(16.5)
0.50
(12.7)
0.40
(10.2)
0.14
(3.6)
0.58
(14.7)
0.69
(17.5)
0.66
(16.8)
0.99
(25.1)
0.56
(14.2)
0.48
(12.2)
6.74
(171.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.1
(5.3)
1.2
(3)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
1.4
(3.6)
5.4
(13.7)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.5 4.0 5.2 3.5 3.2 1.7 4.6 5.2 4.5 4.3 3.2 3.9 47.8
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.9 0.6 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.6 2.6
Source: NOAA
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