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Horseshoe Mesa
Cape Royal, Grand Canyon. 33.jpg
(remote view)-Horseshoe Mesa at distance across the Colorado River
(Krishna Shrine and its prominence, left)
Highest point
Elevation 5,246 ft (1,599 m)
Prominence 346 ft (105 m)
Isolation 1.16 mi (1.87 km)
Parent peak Unnamed butte
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Location Grand Canyon National Park
Coconino County, Arizona, US
Parent range Kaibab Plateau
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Cape Royal
Age of rock Pennsylvanian down to Cambrian
Mountain type sedimentary rock: sandstone-(prominence-cliff), siltstone, mudstone, limestone, shale
Type of rock Supai Group,
Redwall Limestone,
Muav Limestone,
Bright Angel Shale

Horseshoe Mesa is a 5,246-foot-elevation mesa-summit located in the eastern Grand Canyon, in Coconino County of northern Arizona, USA. It is located 1.5 mi south of the Colorado River and Granite Gorge; also 4 mi due-south of the Cape Royal overlook, and ~2.0 mi northwest from Grandview Point, of the East South Rim, Grand Canyon. The Grandview Trail descends to Horseshoe Mesa, then drops down to meet the (mostly horizontal trail, on the Tonto Platform), the Tonto Trail.

Horseshoe Mesa is shaped like a horseshoe, legs facing due-north towards the Colorado. The mesa is a mostly flat upper platform of Redwall Limestone, with its tall cliffs elevating the mesa. A peak of Supai Group is the prominence, at the mesa's south end.


Horseshoe Mesa from Grandview Point, Grand Canyon
Horseshoe Mesa from Grandview Point
Grand Canyon National Park- View from Grandview Point - 48388820891
Horseshoe Mesa centered in lower half of frame
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