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Cheops Pyramid
Cheops Pyramid seen from Yavapai Point.jpg
South aspect, from South Rim's Yavapai Point
Highest point
Elevation 5,401 ft (1,646 m)
Prominence 800 ft (240 m)
Isolation 1.72 mi (2.77 km)
Parent peak Isis Temple (7,006 ft)
Cheops Pyramid is located in Arizona
Cheops Pyramid
Cheops Pyramid
Location in Arizona
Cheops Pyramid is located in the United States
Cheops Pyramid
Cheops Pyramid
Location in the United States
Location Grand Canyon National Park
Coconino County, Arizona, US
Parent range Kaibab Plateau
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Phantom Ranch
Type of rock sandstone, limestone, shale
Easiest route class 4 climbing

Cheops Pyramid is a 5,401-foot-elevation (1,646 meter) summit located in the Grand Canyon, in Coconino County of Arizona, USA. This butte is situated four miles north of Grand Canyon Village, 2.5 miles south-southwest of Buddha Temple, and 1.7 mile south-southeast of Isis Temple, which is the nearest higher neighbor. Topographic relief is significant as it rises 3,000 feet (914 meters) above the Colorado River in 1.5 mile. It was named by George Wharton James for the fanciful resemblance to the famous pyramid constructed by Egyptian Pharaoh Cheops. This was in keeping with Clarence Dutton's tradition of naming geographical features in the Grand Canyon after mythological deities. This butte's name was officially adopted in 1906 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Cheops Pyramid is located in a Cold semi-arid climate zone.


Cheops Pyramid is a flat-topped erosional remnant composed of Mississippian Redwall Limestone, overlaying the green shale slopes of the Cambrian Tonto Group, and below that red shale and Shinumo Quartzite of the Proterozoic Unkar Group. Precipitation runoff from Cheops Pyramid drains south to the Colorado River via Phantom Creek (east), and Ninetyone Mile Creek (west).

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