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Hancock Butte
Point Imperial, North Rim, Grand Canyon.jpg
North aspect centered, from Point Imperial
Highest point
Elevation 7,683 ft (2,342 m)
Prominence 463 ft (141 m)
Isolation 0.81 mi (1.30 km)
Parent peak Mount Hayden (8,362 ft)
Etymology William A. Hancock
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Location Grand Canyon National Park
Coconino County, Arizona, US
Parent range Kaibab Plateau
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Point Imperial
Age of rock Permian
First ascent Alan Doty, October 1976
Easiest route class 5.1 climbing

Hancock Butte is a 7,683-foot-elevation (2,342 meter) summit located in the Grand Canyon, in Coconino County of northern Arizona, USA. It is situated one mile south of the Point Imperial viewpoint on the canyon's North Rim, where it towers 3,700 feet (1,130 meters) above Nankoweap Canyon. Its nearest higher neighbor is Mount Hayden, one mile to the north-northeast, Kibbey Butte is one mile to the south-southwest, and Brady Peak is 1.5 mile to the southeast. Hancock Butte is named after William A. Hancock (1831–1902), a pioneer and politician of the Arizona Territory known for performing the survey work required to create the town of Phoenix and erecting the first building there in 1870. This geographical feature's name was officially adopted in 1932 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Hancock Butte is located in a Cold semi-arid climate zone.


Hancock Butte is a butte topped by Esplanade Sandstone, part of the Pennsylvanian-Permian Supai Group overlaying the cliff-forming Mississippian Redwall Limestone. Precipitation runoff from this feature drains east into the Colorado River via Nankoweap Creek.


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